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Africa’s World Cup Qualifiers Round Up By Tobiloba Oyetunde

. Super Eagles players after the victory against Zambia

. Super Eagles players after the victory against Zambia

African countries have begun the campaign to take part in football highest tournament, World Cup (Russia 2018). It is the first game of the group stage qualifying campaign and teams have started to amass points for themselves. However, it is still early to decide which country will eventually make it to Russia come 2018. 20 teams are fighting for the five spots in Russia and it is only the top five teams in each group that will get to represent Africa in Russia.

Here is how it went down in the first match of the group stage qualifiers, results, standing goal scorers and next match:

GROUP A
Congo DR 4-0 Libya
Dieumerci MBOKANI 6′, 56′, Jonathan BOLINGI, 45’+2′, Ndombe MUBELE 69′
Tunisia 2-0 Guinea
Aymen ABDENNOUR 58′, Änis BEN-HATIRA 80′

Pos Team P W D L  Pts
1 Congo DR 1  1    0   0   3
2 Tunisia     1  1    0   0   3
3 Guinea     1  0    0   1   0
4 Libya        1  0    0   1   0

GROUP B
Zambia 1-2 Nigeria
Collins MBESUMA 71′ – Alexander IWOBI 32′, Kelechi IHEANACHO 42′
Algeria 1-1 Cameroon
El Arabi SOUDANI 7′ – Benjamin MOUKANDJO 24′

Pos Team    P W D L  Pts
1 Nigeria        1   1   0 0   3
2 Algeria        1   0   1 0   1
3 Cameroon   1  0   1 0   1
4 Zambia        1  0  0  1   0

GROUP C
Côte d’Ivoire 3-1 Mali
Jonathan KODJIA 26′, Salif COULIBALY 31′ OG, GERVINHO 34′ – Sambou YATABARE 18′
Gabon 0-0 Morocco

Pos Team        P W D L  Pts
1 Ivory Coast      1 1   0   0   3
2 Gabon              1 0  1    0  1
3 Morocco           1 0  1    0  1
4 Mali                  1 0 0    1  0

GROUP D
Senegal 2-0 Cape Verde Islands
Balde DIAO KEITA 24′, Moussa SOW 80′
Burkina Faso 1-1 South Africa
Banou DIAWARA 90’+1′ – Dean FURMAN 80′

Pos Team         P W D L  Pts
1 Senegal            1   1    0 0   3
2 Burkina Faso  1  0    1  0   1
3 South Africa   1  0    1  0   1
4 Cape Verde    1  0    0  1   0

GROUP E
Congo 1-2 Egypt
Férébory DORE 24′ – MOHAMED SALAH 41′, Abdallah SAIED 58′
Ghana 0-0 Uganda

Pos Team   P W D L Pts
1 Egypt          1  1   0   0  3
2 Ghana        1  0   1   0  1
3 Uganda      1  0   1   0  1
4 Congo        1   0  0   1  0

Round 2 Fixtures
07 Nov 2016
Group A
Guinea VS Congo DR
Libya VS Tunisia
Group B
Cameroon VS Zambia
Nigeria VS Algeria
Group C
Mali VS Gabon
Morocco VS Côte d’Ivoire (NOV. 12 2016)
Group D
Cape Verde Islands VS Burkina Faso
South Africa VS Senegal
Group E
Uganda VS Congo
Egypt VS Ghana

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