The Latest African Nations WCQ: Surprises and Highlights

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• Mbeumo’s early couldn’t earn Cameroon maximum points

• Convincing home victory for Burundi

Half a dozen goals witnessed

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Match Day 03 and 04 of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers came to a grand close on Tuesday, 11 June with four exciting fixtures that concluded what has been an exciting wave of World Cup African qualifiers over the last few days.

Tuesday evening also marked exactly 14-years since the Africa kicked off its first-ever FIFA World Cup that was hosted in South Africa back in 2010.

The recent African Cup of Nations qualifiers witnessed thrilling matches and unexpected results, showcasing the competitive spirit and talent within the continent. One such match saw the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon facing off against Angola.

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Cameroon drops points on the road

Bryan Mbeumo’s early goal set the tone for Cameroon, as they embarked on a strong start away from home. The Indomitable Lions looked in control of the match, dominating proceedings with their attacking prowess. However, a momentary loss of focus resulted in an own goal by Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui, allowing Angola to level the scores just before the hour mark. The match ended in a 1-1 draw, with both teams sharing the spoils in Luanda.

Cameroon could have further extended their lead at the top of Group D but were held to a 1-1 draw by Angola in Luanda.

Bryan Mbeumo’s early strike had initially put the Indomitable Lions in the lead following a great start away from home against Angola.

However, with the match firmly in their control, a lapse in concentration saw the former African champions concede an unfortunate own goal by Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui just before the hour mark which saw the two sides share the spoils in Luanda.

Morocco beat Congo Republic half a dozen

Morocco were the highest scorers of the evening after they put six past Congo Republic to extend their lead at the top of Group E.

It was a one-sides affair when Congo faced Morocco, with the Atlas lions cruising to a comfortable 6-0 victory to keep hold of the driver’s seat in Group E.

A hat-trick by Ayoub El Kaabi headlined the tie, with goals by Azzedine Ounahi, Chadi Riad and Soufiane Rahimi giving the Atlas Lions the commanding victory.

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A convincing home victory for Burundi on the road

On the other hand, Burundi displayed an impressive performance in their qualifier match against Seychelles. The East Africans secured a convincing 3-1 victory at home, boosting their chances of qualifying for the prestigious tournament. Bienvenue Kanakimana’s brace, coupled with a goal from Sudi Abdallah in the first half, proved to be enough to secure the crucial win for Burundi. This result propelled them to third place in the standings, trailing behind powerhouses like Cote d’Ivoire and Gabon.

Burundi clawed their way into contention for a top spot after a 3-1 victory over Seychelles saw them move up to third in Group F, while Gabon managed a slim 3-2 win over The Gambia to keep a close chase on group leaders, Cote d’Ivoire.

Burundi boosted their chances of qualifying for the global showpiece when they overcame Seychelles 3-1 at home.

A brace by Bienvenue Kanakimana was preceded by a Sudi Abdallah strike in the first half which was enough to give the east Africans the much-needed win that moves them to third on the table behind Cote d’Ivoire and Gabon.

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Gabon and The Gambia faced off in five goals thriller

A drama-filled five goal thriller took place in Franceville, as Gabon played host to a resilient Gambia that pushed them to the very end in a dramatic 3-2 win for the hosts.

Yankuba Minteh was the first to strike for the visitors ahead of the break, before Jim Allevinah levelled matters shortly after the recess ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s strike that put the hosts in the lead.

Denis Bouanga extended Gabon’s lead shortly after, but a 79th minute strike by Ebou Adams resulted in a dramatic finish that saw the hosts holding on for the vital win that sees them just a point behind table toppers, Cote d’Ivoire.

The African Cup of Nations qualifiers continue to deliver intense matches and surprising outcomes, showcasing the depth of talent and competitiveness across the continent.

As the teams vie for a coveted spot in the global showpiece, fans can look forward to more thrilling encounters and standout performances as the qualifying campaign progresses.

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