World Cup qualifiers: African wrap (part 1)

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Wins for Cameroon and Ivory Coast leave them as the only two teams left in the race for the lone World Cup play-off place from Group D.

Despite arriving late due to logistical issues, Cameroon managed to beat Mozambique 1-0 with centre-back Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui heading home the winner in the 68th minute of the clash on Monday.

Elsewhere, Ivory Coast retained top place in the group with a 2-1 win over Malawi in Cotonou, Benin.

The Elephants opened the scoring after just two minutes through Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe, before South Africa-based Khuda Muyaba equalised 18 minutes later for the Flames.

AC Milan’s Franck Kessie secured the three points when he scored from the penalty spot in the 66th minute to give the West Africans a 2-1 win.

Unfortunately for Malawi and Mozambique, the defeats mean neither side can qualify for Qatar.

Ivory Coast top the group with 10 points, just one ahead of the Indomitable Lions going into the final two qualifiers in November, with the final tie being a potential winner takes all between the top two.

Mozambique and Ivory Coast are among 11 countries who have been ordered by Caf to play home games on neutral soil because their local stadiums are unfit to host games.

In Libya, Egypt moved a step closer to qualifying for the play-offs from Group F with a 3-0 win over hosts Libya in Benghazi while Gabon defeated Angola 2-0.

The results leave Egypt top of the standings with 10 points, with Libya second on six, Gabon move on to four points in the table and leapfrog Angola, who have three points and cannot now progress to the play-offs.

In Group A, Burkina Faso kept up the pressure on Algeria with a 2-0 win over Djibouti, who are now another side who cannot reach the play-offs.

Burkina Faso moved to the top of the group with 10 points, but African champions Algeria will regain top spot on goal difference if they can beat Niger on Tuesday.

Niger, who lost 6-1 against Algeria last Friday, must beat the Desert Foxes to have any chance of progressing to the play-offs.

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By FARPost Reporter