Sudan surge ahead in Group B, Kenya hold African champions

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• South Sudan opens Juba Stadium with a defeat

• Sudan displaces Senegal

• Madagascar – Mali goalless tie

• Kenya holds giant Cote d’Ivoire to a goalless draw

• A slim win for Mauritius

• #UgSportsNow

The African qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup provided a day of exciting football action on Tuesday, showcasing a mix of triumphs and setbacks for the competing nations.

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Disappointing loss as South Sudan opens newly constructed Juba Stadium

Sudan emerged as the standout team of the day, claiming a dominant 3-0 victory over South Sudan in Juba. This impressive win propelled Sudan to the top of Group B, displacing previous leaders Senegal and solidifying their position as strong contenders for a spot in the upcoming World Cup.

Sudan displaces Senegal on top of the log

The match in Juba saw Sudan deliver a commanding performance, with Walieldin Khedr’s powerful header setting the tone for their success. Yasir Mozamil extended their lead in the second half, and Mohamed Abdelrahman’s late goal sealed the comprehensive victory. With ten points from four games, Sudan now leads the way in Group B and is positioning themselves as a formidable force in the qualification campaign.

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Goalless draw in Johannesburg

On the other hand, Madagascar and Mali engaged in a closely contested 0-0 draw in Johannesburg, with Madagascar’s Louis Démoléon receiving a red card early in the match. Despite playing with ten men for the majority of the game, Madagascar displayed resilience and determination to secure a valuable point. This result lifted them to second place in Group I, showcasing their determination to challenge the group leaders.

Cote d’Ivoire clueless against Harambee Stars of Kenya

In another noteworthy match, Kenya and Cote d’Ivoire settled for a goalless draw in Lilongwe. The defensive prowess of the Kenyan team thwarted the attacking talents of Cote d’Ivoire, ensuring a stalemate in the encounter. Cote d’Ivoire remains at the top of Group F with ten points, while Kenya’s strong defensive performance helped them climb to third place and maintain hopes of qualification.

A slim win for Mauritius

Mauritius emerged victorious in their crucial match against Eswatini, securing a 2-1 win that bolstered their aspirations of qualifying for the World Cup for the first time. Goals from Mike Gaspard and Lindsay Rose propelled Mauritius to fifth place in Group G, while Eswatini continues to struggle at the bottom of the standings.

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As the African qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup intensify, the competition is heating up as teams strive to secure their places in the prestigious tournament. With each match bringing new challenges and opportunities, the race for the coveted World Cup berths is becoming increasingly intense, with nations daring to dream of achieving historic qualification.

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