Morocco maintain winning start in qualifiers

African Football

Liberia 0-2 Morocco

Morocco maintained their winning start in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers after beating Liberia 2-0 on Monday evening at Stade Mohamed V.

The Lone Star scheduled their home matches in Morocco after CAF banned their national stadium for not meeting the minimum requirements for international matches.

Liberia restricted the Atlas Lions in the first stanza and it took a penalty scored by Faycal Fajr 11 minutes into the second stanza to break the resistance for the visitors.

Youssef En-Nesyri eventually got the insurance goal for Vahid Halilhodzic's charges just a minute later.

The Atlas Lions topp the three-team group by six points.

The Lone Star will travel to South Africa when the qualifiers resume in September while Morocco will start preparing for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, as their scheduled back-to-back qualifier matches against Zimbabwe were cancelled due to the Warriors' disqualification.

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Sao Tome and Principe 0-10 Nigeria

Nigeria kept their winning record intact in Group A after a resounding 10-0 win over Sao Tome and Principe with Victor Osimhen scoring four goals on Monday afternoon at Stade d'Agadir.

Osimhen opened the scoring for the Super Eagles early on and completed his hat-trick in the 65th minute, before getting his fourth goal late in the game.

Terem Moffi netted a brace for the visitors alongside other goal-scorers, Moses Simon, Peter Etebo, Ademola Lookman and Emmanuel Denis.

Jose Peseiro's charges top their group by two points while the Falcons lost back-to-back matches and are bottom in the section.

The Super Eagles will be at home next against Guinea-Bissau while Adriano Euseboi's charges will travel to Sierra Leone when the qualifiers resume in September.

Sierra Leone 2-2 Guinea-Bissau

Sierra Leone came back from two goals down to salvage a draw against ten-man Guinea-Bissau in Group A on Monday evening at Stade General Lansana Conte.

After a goalless first stanza, Jorginho eventually broke the deadlock for the visitors two minutes into the second stanza and quickly doubled their lead five minutes later and completed his brace.

However, the Djurtus were reduced to ten men ten minutes from the halftime break after Sana Gomes was sent off. Musa Kamara missed a penalty for the Leone Stars 16 minutes before time but Augustus Kargbo eventually got a goal back two minutes later.

Kamara redeemed himself with the equaliser for the home side three minutes before time.

Guinea-Bissau are two points behind leaders Nigeria in second spot in the group while John Keister's men picked up their first point in third place.

Sierra Leone will restart their campaign at home against Sao Tome and Principe while Baciro Cande's charges will be looking to end Nigeria's perfect start away when the schedule resumes in September.

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