Afcon 2019 Qualifiers
Afcon 2019 qualifiers entered the third round as matches took place across the continent with teams jostling for points.
Some of the continent’s heavyweights recorded very resounding results thumping their opponents with no mercy at Afcon 2019 qualifying matches.
Surprise minnows who over the weekend recorded an impressive win are Madagascar.
Sportsfora.com takes a look at each group in the Afcon 2019 qualifying series and how the teams fared.
In Group A, Senegal were impressive as they recorded a 3-0 over Sudan at the Stade Leopold Se’dar Senghor in Dakar on Saturday.
Pape Abou Cisse, M’Baye Niang, and Idrissa Gueye were the players on the score-sheet for Senegal.
Liverpool forward Sadio Mane despite not scoring for his side was outstanding in the game.
The victory sees the Teranga Lions of Senegal sit joint top of the group on 7 points alongside Madagascar who recorded a 1-0 win over Equatorial Guinea.
Similarly, in Group B of the Afcon 2019 qualifying campaign, Morocco recorded a victory against Comoros.
The North Africans needed an injury time penalty to secure a win against their opponents, therefore the win for Morocco sees them garner six points and sits second on the group table.
Afcon 2019 host, Cameroun defeated Malawi 1-0 from a Choupo-Moting strike to ensure them victory.
The goal came in the second half of the match and Cameroun are the group toppers with 7 points, while Morocco occupy the second spot on six points.
Gabon defeated South Sudan 3-0 on Friday at the 40,000 capacity Stade d’Angondje, Libreville in Gabon.
Despite the victory, the Panthers of Gabon remained third in the group standing, while South Sudan stays fourth of the table.
The Panthers were out for a win having drawn 1-1 to Burundi at home in their previous group fixture last month but rather failed to do so.
To this end,Mali stay top of the group on 7 points followed by Burundi with 5 points and Panthers of Gabon are third with South Sudan completing from the rear.
The group consists of Togo, ‘The Desert Foxes’ of Algeria, Gambia and Benin.
Algeria hammered Benin 2-0 in an Afcon 2019 qualifier fixture and now have 7 points hence leading the group.
Similarly, Togo in the other group fixture played out a 1-1 draw with Gambia. Togo has now gone 3 matches without a win.
Therefore, Algeria occupy the first spot on the group table followed by Benin with 4 points from three matches.
Group E table toppers South African walloped Seychelles 6-0 in an Afcon 2019 qualifying match on Saturday.
The Pirates travelled to South Africa with the hope of getting a good result but lost scandalously to Bafana Bafana.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria defeated Libya 4-0 with Odion Ighalo scoring a hat-trick to see the group become competitive.
With these results, South Africa tops the group with 7 points, followed by Nigeria with 6; Libya sits on third with Seychelles last on the log.
Meanwhile, Harambee stars in a reverse fixture played out a goalless draw on Thursday in the Afcon 2019 qualifier.
With Ghana’s double-header fixture against Sierra Leone cancelled, Kenya tops with 7 points, followed by Ethiopia with 4 points and Black stars of Ghana are now third on the group standing.
Congo DR failed to win as they lost to Zimbabwe 1-2 on home soil. The victory takes Zimbabwe to 7 points while Congo DR remains second with 4 points, leveled with Congo Brazzaville.
Meanwhile, Congo Brazzaville defeated Liberia 3-1 in Monrovia with Liberia’s president George Weah watch his side fail to win.
Guinea garnered maximum points in their Group H with a 2-0 win over Rwanda.
Geoffrey Kondogbia’s competitive debut for the Central African Republic ended in misery as Cote d’Ivoire pummeled them 4-0.
Manchester United defender Eric Bailly scored his first international goal for his country in the encounter.
The Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire are in second place with 6 points, 3 points behind table leaders, Guinea.
Angola, Burkina Faso and Mauritania all have 6 points in Group I after Angola beat Mauritania 4-1 at home and Burkina Faso defeated Botswana 3-0 at the Stade du 4 Août in Ouagadougou.
Jonathan Pitroipa opened scoring for Burkina Faso with Banou Diawara and Abdou Traore adding two goals in the second half to complete the rout.
Tunisia garnered maximum 9 points in Group J after a 1-0 win over Niger at the Stade Olympique de Rade’s.
The Carthage Eagles got the only goal of the game from Y. Meriah in the 17th minute of the encounter.
Egypt are right behind with 6 points following their 4-1 hammering of eSwatini (formerly Swaziland).
Reigning African Footballer of Year Mohammed Salah scored the Pharaoh’s 4th goal straight from a corner kick.
AFCON 2012 champions, Zambia dropped to the bottom of the group after beating Guinea Bissau 2-1 on Thursday but lost the reverse by the same score-line on Sunday.
To this end, Guinea Bissau go top of the group with 7 points, while Namibia’s remarkable 2-1 win away to Mozambique has moved them up to 2nd on the table though they have the same points with Mozambique as well as Zambia.
Uganda are top of Group L with 7 points after they thumped Lesotho 3-0. Cape Verde moved up to second with 4 points after defeating Tanzania 3-0 at the Estadio Nacional de Cabo verde.
As a result of this, Lesotho and Tanzania have 2 points each after three matches played.
The 4th round of the Afcon qualifiers will see teams play return leg fixtures against their Round 3 opponents on Tuesday October 16, 2018.