Senegal turned the primary workforce by way of to Africa’s play-offs for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar by beating Namibia 3-1 on Tuesday.
Turkey-based ahead Famara Diedhiou was the hero, outshining Sadio Mane and others as he scored as soon as within the first half and twice within the second to register his second hat-trick for Senegal.
Peter Shalulile despatched a low shot into the again of Edouard Mendy’s internet after Diedhiou’s headed opener to offer the Namibians temporary hope of holding on in opposition to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations runners-up.
Diedhiou restored Senegal’s lead with one other header and, after the Courageous Warriors had hit the bar, the Alanyaspor man tapped in Mane’s cross to seal victory.
The match was performed in Soweto, South Africa, since Namibia’s residence stadium in Windhoek has been declared unfit to host matches.
The win takes Senegal to 12 factors in Group H, with Namibia (4 factors) out of the working together with Togo (4) and Congo (two).
Togo earned their first win within the group stage as they beat hosts Congo 2-1 in Brazzaville, with each groups understanding that they had no likelihood of progressing following Senegal’s win.
The guests scored simply two minutes earlier than half-time with Fessou ‘Meme’ Placca heading residence a free-kick from Marouf Tchakei.
The hosts equalised within the 71st minute by way of Man Mbenza, however Belgium-based Kevin Denkey restored Togo’s lead simply seven minutes later.
The winners of Africa’s ten qualifying teams will contest the play-offs subsequent March, whereupon the continent’s 5 representatives in Qatar shall be decided.
Bafana Bafana reply to Black Stars
Elsewhere, Ghana gained their second straight Group G recreation in a row below new coach Milovan Rajevac, as they beat Zimbabwe for the second time in 4 days.
Following on from Saturday’s 3-1 win on residence soil, the Black Stars secured a 1-0 win in Harare as Thomas Partey’s highly effective free-kick went by way of the fingers of goalkeeper Talbert Shumba for the Arsenal midfielder’s second aim in as many qualifiers.
The win takes Ghana to 9 factors, one level behind South Africa, who reclaimed high spot afterward Tuesday with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Ethiopia in Johannesburg.
An own-goal within the eleventh minute from visiting skipper Getaneh Kebede, who was attempting to maintain out a header from a nook, gave Bafana Bafana all three factors in entrance of two,000 followers on the FNB Stadium, which hosted the World Cup ultimate in 2010.
South Africa, who beat Ghana 1-0 final month, journey to west Africa within the ultimate recreation of the group.
Ethiopia, on three factors, and Zimbabwe, on one, can not qualify for the World Cup though each international locations shall be at subsequent yr’s Africa Cup of Nations.
Afcon holders Algeria win once more
In the meantime, Algeria prolonged their unbeaten run to 31 video games with a cushty 4-0 away win over Niger to maneuver again to the highest of Group A.
Manchester Metropolis ahead Riyad Mahrez and Aissa Mandi netted for the Desert Warriors within the first half in Niamey, and Ismael Bennacer and Baghdad Bounedjah scored after the break.
The African champions are forward of Burkina Faso on aim distinction, and host the Stallions on the ultimate matchday subsequent month.
Djamel Belmadi’s facet are at the moment eyeing the world file of 37 video games with out a loss, which was lately set by Italy.
In Tuesday’s late recreation, Guinea ‘host’ Morocco in Morocco in a recreation that was postponed from final month following the coup within the Guinean capital Conakry.
Owing to the unsure political scenario in Guinea, the tie was moved by the Confederation of African Soccer to the Moroccan capital Rabat.
The North Africans can be a part of Senegal within the play-offs ought to they win the Group I conflict.