Monday , March 20 2023

Prunus Mahrez helps Algeria qualify for AFCON


Johannesburg – the star of Manchester City Riyad Mahrez marked twice Algeria to Togo 4-1 at Lome on Sunday to qualify for 2019 Nations Cup of Africa final in Cameroon.

Mahrez scored both sides of a Youcef Attal goal to give the 1990 champions a three-goal advantage in 30 minutes in the West African city.

Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba pulled a back for Togo in the second half before Baghdad Bounedjah finished the game during stoppage.

Algeria has 10 points in five Group D, Benin seven and Togo and Gambia five each. The final round of matches is scheduled for March.

Algerians became the 10th qualifier after Cameroon, Egypt, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia and Uganda.

Burkina Faso, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe have scattered their chances to secure their seats in the new 24-day tournament in June and July.

Mateus put a crown for Angola in a 2-1 group that I won over Burkina Faso in Luanda, while Tanzania fell 1-0 in Lesotho, where Nkau Lerotholi nodded in the spring of the winner group L for 76 minutes.

William Jebor compensated in the second half after Liberia upset G-Zimbabwe leaders with 1-0 in Paynesville, while Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo drew 1-1 in the same mini-league.

Zimbabwe has eight points, Liberia seven, RD Congo six and Congo five and all four countries can be among the top two finishers and qualify.

Former Zambia champion was eliminated after a 1-0 loss of Mozambique in group K.

Albania's Reginaldo Faife has kept his hopes in Mozambique by defeating a top-two, scoring the only goal in the 63rd minute in Maputo.

Guinea-Bissau and Namibia have eight points each after a 0-0 draw in Windhoek on Saturday, Mozambique seven and Zambia four.

Zambia has been the winner of the 2011 Nations Cup Shootout in Libreville, marking Côte d'Ivoire on penalties after a no-goal final.

The defeat was a huge blow for Zambia's Belgian coach, Sven Vandenbroeck, who was hired when local resident Wedson Nyirenda resigned after the opening round to join a club in South Africa.

Vandenbroeck won a match, pulled one and lost two in the Nations Cup since his first nomination as coach of the national team.

He helped Cameroon team coach and coach Hugo Broos when the Central African nation surprisingly won the 2017 Nations Cup in Gabon.

Ghana defeated Ethiopia 2-0 in Group F in Addis Ababa, and Jordan Ayew resumed twice in the first half.

Sudan has completed a four-game match in Group A with a surprise 3-1 victory over Antananarivo already qualified Madagascar.

A stoppage goal saved a 2-2 draw in Group H for the Central African Republic in Rwanda, while Niger came back to win 2-1 in Swaziland in Group J.

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