Senegal and Guinea claim crucial Afcon qualifiers wins

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The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers resumed on Wednesday evening with five matches across the continent. Senegal and Guinea secured vital wins while Comoros continued to be the surprise package of their group.

Goals from Sadio Mane and Opa Nguette led Senegal to a comfortable 2-0 win over Guinea Bissau in Thies. It was their third victory in Group I as they moved within touching distance of qualification.

Meanwhile in West Africa, Conakry, Guinea earned a narrow 1-0 victory against Chad – courtesy of a goal from Mady Camara to take control of Group A. The win took Guinea to seven points, all though Mali could draw level when they tackle the Brave Warriors of Namibia on Friday.

The surprise leaders in Group G,  Comoros continued to shock the continent as they managed to claim a point in a 1-1 draw against Kenya Karasani despite playing most of their match with 10 men. Youssouf M’Changama netted a goal and was sent off for Les Coelacantes, but the Harambee Stars hit back through Masoud Juma for their third straight draw.

In Group E, Mauritania lead the way but it was a disappointing night for them as they played out to a 1-1 home draw with Burundi in Nouakchott. Al Murabitun scored first through Bakary N’Diaye, but allowed two points to slip away when Saidi Ntibazonkiza levelled matters in the later stages of the match

Libya suffered a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Equatorial Guinea in the late match. Sanad Al Warfali and Mohamed Bettamer found the back of the net for the Mediterranean Knights after Miranda Josete had given Nzalang Nacional the lead in the first half. The West Africans claimed all three points thanks to injury-time goals from Pedro Obiang and Salomon Obama.

The result sees Equatorial Guinea earn their first points in Group J – joining Tanzania and Libya on three – with Tunisia (six) having the chance to stretch their lead on Friday night when they host the Taifa Stars.

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By FARPost Reporter

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