Results from the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Senegal 1-0 Cameroon: Mane secures Senegal qualification
Senegal have become the first country to qualify for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon after a 1-0 victory over Guinea-Bissau on Sunday.
Sadio Mane separated both teams at the Estadio 24 de Setembro with his 82nd-minute strike.
The result stretched the Teranga Lions’ unbeaten streak to four games with 12 points in Group I while Congo trail in the second spot with six points, although with a game against Eswatini on Monday.
Senegal have now qualified for their 16th Africa Cup of Nations tournament and they will be aiming to win their maiden title in Cameroon 2022 after finishing as runners-up in Egypt last year – they suffered a 1-0 loss against Algeria in the final.
Comoros 2-1 Kenya: Les Coelacantes go top, Harambee Stars suffer first group loss
Comoros went top of Group G after beating Kenya 2-1 in an African Cup of Nations qualifiers at Le Stade Omnisports Malouzini, Moroni on Sunday.
Mohamed Ben El-Fardou and Mattoir Faiz scored the goals for Les Coelacantes and the Harambee Stars denied them a clean sheet courtesy of Cliff Nyakeya’s effort.
Masoud Juma almost scored his second goal in five days when he connected with a high ball sent to him by goalkeeper Arnold Origi, but he was put under pressure by two Comoros defenders and ended up losing the ball as the referee awarded a goal-kick in the third minute.
Red Star Belgrade star El-Fardou scored the opener for Comoros with a header that Origi had little chance of stopping in the 21st minute. The goal was El-Fardou’s 10th for Comoros as he was making his 22nd appearance for the side.
Nyakeya, who had a good game and provided an assist in the reverse fixture, equalised for the Harambee Stars in the 35th minute. The former Mathare United winger made his way through the right flank and managed to beat Ben Boina in the Comoros goal from a tight angle.
A lapse in concentration from the Kenyan defence gifted Comoros a great chance to retake the lead in the 50th minute and Faiz found the back of the net with a fierce shot that saw Origi concede a third goal in his second game since returning into the national fold.
With the win, the Islanders took big strides in their effort to secure a maiden Afcon appearance in a tournament that will be held in Cameroon in 2022.