African World Cup qualifiers: Wins for CAF giants Egypt, Tunisia and Nigeria
Posted: 9 October 2016 Time: 21:30
There were wins for Egypt, Tunisia and Nigeria in the opening round of the 2018 Russia World Cup qualifiers on Sunday.
Tunisia, ranked 42nd in the world and fourth in Africa, recorded a routine 2-0 win over Guinea, Aymen Abdennour and Ahmed Akaichi netting a goal apiece to draw their side level with DR Congo at the summit of their qualifying group.
In Group E, Mohamed Salah cancelled out Fode Dore's opener, before Al Ahly's Abdalla El Said's second-half strike secured a come-from-behind 2-1 win for Egypt over Congo, as they began their qualification campaign with maximum points to take an early lead in Group E following Ghana and Uganda’s goalless draw on Saturday.
In the day's late kick-off, Algeria took an early lead against Cameroon in their high-profile match-up, El Arabi Soudani firing home after some suspect defending by the Indomitable Lions following an Algerian corner. Yet the visitors drew level via the boot of Benjamin Moukandjo, and with neither side able to find the back of the net in the second half, the points were shared in a 1-1 draw in their Group B clash.
Earlier on Sunday afternoon, Premier League stars Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho were on target for Nigeria as they guided the Super Eagles to a hard-fought 2-1 win over Zambia, who netted a consolation goal thanks to the boot of last season’s Absa Premiership top-scorer Collins Mbesuma.