Africa World Cup 2014 qualifying results
Posted: 11 June 2012 Time: 9:44 am
Africa continued its journey towards the 2014 competition in Brazil with a number of qualifying matches taking place on Saturday and Sunday throughout Africa.
Namibia 1-0 Kenya The Brave Warriors welcomed the visit of Kenya's Harambee Stars, having lost their first World Cup qualifier 1-0 to Nigeria. Kenya in comparison, drew 0-0 with Malawi. In the cold night air of Windhoek, around 5,000 fans created the atmosphere at the stadium, and the home side was motivated to do well in front of their supporters. The first half ended goalless, but not for lack of effort, as Namibia had two clear cut chances to go ahead, but Kenyan keeper Anthony Origi was in fine form and made some crucial saves. The second half produced few opportunities for the two sides, and those that came were wasted. The match was not yet over, however, and Namibia still had one more addition to the game's script, with Henrico Botes completing a stunning win for the Brave Warriors with a goal in the 85th minute, making it 1-0 to Namibia over Kenya. Equatorial Guinea 2-2 Sierra Leone The 2012 Africa Cup of Nations hosts were paid a visit by the Leone Stars, with the home side having lost to Tunisia in their first qualifier, while Sierra Leone went top of Group B alongside the Carthage Eagles thanks to their win over Cape Verde. A flurry of goals were scored in the first half of the match, with the score set at 2-2 by the break, thanks to a double from Equatorial Guinea captain Juvenal, as well as one goal apiece from Samuel Barlay and Ibrahim Bangura for Sierra Leone. Juvenal opened his account on 13 minutes, but by the half hour mark the visitors had turned the game on its head, and the skipper equalised with his second of the encounter. For all the excitement of the first half, the second session was rather disappointing and the match would produce no more goals, although Equatorial Guinea missed a penalty which they should have converted. Leone Stars captain Ibrahim Kargbo was sent off, giving Juvenal a chance to score his hat-trick, but the player missed the target altogether, meaning that 2-2 would remain the final scoreline. The result means that Equatorial Guinea remains in the bottom two of Group B on one point, while Sierra Leone moves to four points. Congo 1-0 Niger The Mena travelled to Congo with determination to return home with a positive result, but it was not to be for the 2012 Afcon qualifiers, as the hosts recorded a 1-0 victory in Pointe Noire at the Stade Municipal. The visiting Mena would have felt rather confident at half time, with the score still unadjusted. As time wore on in the second half and chances were few and far between, Niger would have been considering a point almost bankable, but the Congolese had other plans and in the 86th minute Francis Malonga earned his side all three points with a goal to send their opponents home empty-handed. Group E now sees Congo and Gabon leading on four points each, while Burkina Faso and Niger are bottom of the standing with a single point each. Gabon 1-0 Burkina Faso The Panthers of Gabon were keen to get their World Cup qualifying campaign back on track following a draw in their first match, and the Stallions of Burkina Faso stood in the way of their objective. The home side began brightly and aimed to make their fans in Libreville at the L’amitié Sino Gabonaise happy with a victory. They were able to do just that, despite the score ending goalless at half time. In the second half the Panthers found the breakthrough thanks to a strike from Remy Ebanega in the 56th minute. The meeting ended 1-0 for the hosts, leaving Burkina Faso on one point while Gabon move to four, topping Group E alongside Congo following their victory over Niger. Uganda 1-1 Senegal Uganda and Senegal ended their second 2014 World Cup qualifying game with a 1-1 draw in Kampala on Saturday, with Newcastle’s Papiss Cisse putting the Teranga Lions in the lead in the first half and Bunamwaya midfielder Godfrey Walusimbi equalising via a penalty minutes before full time. Zambia 1-0 Ghana Zambia beat Ghana 1-0 on Saturday afternoon in their second 2014 World Cup qualifying game to make up for their loss against Sudan last week. Captain Christopher Katongo led a well organised Zambian side that made it impossible for their visitors to break into their defense. The 29-year-old inspirational leader, who was conspicuous in every department of the game, put the Chipolopolo in the lead within 14 minutes of play. Botswana 1-1 South Africa South Africa travelled to Botswana for the second round of 2014 World Cup qualifying in Group A, and the teams walked away with a point each after a 1-1 draw. CLICK HERE for match report. Malawi 1-1 Nigeria The Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Flames of Malawi played out a 1-1 draw in Blantyre on Saturday in a second round qualifier for the 2014 World Cup. Kano Pillars midfielder Gabriel Reuben put Nigeria ahead with a header in the 90th minute, but John Banda equalised for the home side two minutes into additional time.
_quote Mali 2-1 Algeria Mali hosted Algeria on Sunday in a World Cup qualifier that would favour the home side, as the Eagles were able to appease home fans with a 2-1 victory at the Stade du 4 aout in Ouagadougou. The encounter began well for the north Africans, as Islam Slimani scored in the 7th minute to give the Fennecs an early lead, but the Malians equalised on the half hour thanks to Mahamadou Ndiaye. The Eagles earned all three points with an 80th minute winner from Modibo Maiga, ending the match 2-1 to Mali. The result means that Group H is headed by Benin on four points, with Algeria and Mali level on three, while Rwanda are bottom of the standings on one point. Ethiopia 2-0 CAR Ethiopia scored a goal in each half of the game to send the Central Africa Republic packing back home without a point. Saladin Said bagged a double to improve on their last week’s 1-1 draw game against South Africa. It was a game well fought from both sides, but it was the host who kept the smiles on the faces of their fans at the Addis Ababa Stadium. Malawian referee, Anthony Ramsy Raphael, had to issue four yellow cards – three on CAR and the other on Ethiopia – to keep the game going. The 23-year-old Wadi Degla forward scored in the 33rd minute and with two minutes to end proceedings, he doubled their lead. Ethiopia now top Group A on four points with Botswana at the bottom. Lesotho 0-0 Sudan Sudan top Group D on four points after drawing with Lesotho on Sunday. The Falcons of Jediane were highly expected to maul their host after beating reigning African champions Zambia 2-0 last week. The Crocodiles seem to have done their homework well after an embarrassing 7-0 defeat in the hands of Ghana in their opening fixture. They now have a point, but sit at the bottom of the table with Ghana trailing Sudan followed by Zambia. The Chipolopolo shot down the Black Stars of Ghana in Saturday's 1-0 game at the newly constructed Levy Mwanawasa Stadium. Mozambique 0-0 Zimbabwe Both teams are still struggling to find their bearings in the race to Brazil 2014. Zimbabwe lost at home to Guinea while Mozambique suffered a 2-0 defeat against Egypt last week. The two teams are sitting at the bottom of Group G with one point each. The OS Mambas could not light up the Maputo Stadium and managed to only draw with the southern African side of Zimbabwe. Both teams could not create chances that could yield positive results and sharing the spoils means a great deal of effort is required in their next games scheduled for March 2013. Tanzania 2-1 Gambia The Taifa Stars made up for their 2-0 loss to Cote d’Ivoire in last week’s fixture by beating Gambia 2-1 on Sunday. The Gambians first opened the lead with a Momodou Ceesay strike with just seven minutes into the game. But the Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium came to life when the eastern Africans replied with two goals all in the second half. Shomari Kapombe restored parity in the 60th minute before Erasto Nyoni put them in the lead from the spot with six minutes to stoppage time. The Taifa Stars are now second on the table behind Cote d’Ivoire, who are leading with four points. Rwanda 1-1 Benin But for a Labama Bokota goal from the spot in the 88th minute, Rwanda could have lost all points to Benin at home. The west Africans got the lead through Razak Omotoyossi in the 74th minute. Both sides kept pressing to find the net until Adjamossi had red with five minutes to end proceedings, making it possible for the Amavubi to come back into the game. The Stade Amahoro went into frenzy when the Rayon Sports striker converted nicely to level the score for the home side. The Squirrels now boast of four points after that 1-0 win against Mali in their opening fixture last week. Rwanda have just a point in the campaign. DR Congo 2-0 Togo Togo were unable to reply any of the two goals from their DR Congo counterparts at the Martyrs Stadium in Kinshasa. The Leopards were too strong for the Sparrow Hawks and dictated the pace of the game with a goal in each half of the game. TP Mazembe talisman Tresor Mputo got his name first on the score sheet in the 24th minute, before his team-mate Dieumerci Mbokani doubled their lead through a penalty goal in the 81st minute. With Libya beating Cameroon 2-1 in the other game, DRC now go second on the log while the north Africans move to the summit of the table. Liberia 0-0 Angola Liberia and Angola are yet to record a win in this campaign. They shared the spoils at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia. The Palancas Negras could be content with the results, at least, since they obtained another point last week against Uganda. The same cannot be said of the west Africans who suffered a 3-1 defeat in the cruel hands of Senegal a week ago. The Lone Star sit at the bottom of Group J with just a point while Senegal are at the summit with four points followed by Uganda and Angola in that order.