09 Sep 2018, 03:39 IST
Liverpool or Egypt, the targets preserve coming from Mohamed Salah. He may even afford a penalty miss or two.
Salah scored twice — he additionally had two penalties saved and two assists on a frenetic night time — as Egypt beat Niger 6-Zero in African Cup of Nations qualifying on Saturday, a powerful victory that is likely to be sufficient to ease the Pharaohs’ World Cup heartache.
Egypt misplaced all three of its video games on the World Cup, a depressing marketing campaign compounded by a bitter falling out between Salah and the Egyptian soccer federation.
Salah put that to at least one aspect in opposition to Niger in Alexandria to assist elevate Egyptian spirits and elevate the staff to second in its group behind Tunisia, ok to qualify for the African Cup subsequent 12 months in Cameroon if it stays there.
Salah was the hero, even after the penalty he earned 60 seconds in and took himself was saved by Niger goalkeeper Kassaly Daouda. Salah noticed his second spot kick additionally blocked by Daouda later within the first half however this time he reacted shortly to hammer the rebound house. That made it 3-0.
Earlier than that, Salah had already arrange Marwan Mohsen for the opener within the 13th minute, and Ayman Ashraf put Egypt 2-Zero up. Salah had a second help for substitute Salah Mohsen’s aim and 4-Zero within the second half. The Liverpool ahead headed in for his second aim with 5 minutes to go. Mohamed Elneny acquired the sixth in damage time.
NO FUSS NIGERIA
Nigeria did with out captain John Obi Mikel to win 3-Zero in Seychelles and begin its personal therapeutic from a painful World Cup expertise.
The ache was felt by all 5 of Africa’s groups on the World Cup, with none making the knockout stage. Nigeria got here desperately shut, eradicated by an 86th-minute aim by Argentina of their closing group sport.
Ahmed Musa and Kelechi Iheanacho arrange Nigeria’s win in Seychelles, though neither acquired on the scoresheet.
Musa’s early shot rebounded off the crossbar and again in off the Seychelles goalkeeper for an personal aim. Iheanacho hit a free kick that struck the put up and fell to defender Chidozie Awaziem for a easy end. Odion Ighalo’s second-half penalty sealed Nigeria’s win on the substitute pitch at Stade Linite.
Nigeria — with out Mikel and different key gamers due to damage — collected a primary victory within the closing spherical of qualifying having began with a house loss to South Africa final 12 months.
GHANA CRISIS DEEPENS
Ghana’s staff morale appeared affected by months of disaster in its soccer affiliation when it misplaced 1-Zero to 10-man Kenya away in Nairobi. The Ghanaians, a notable absence on the World Cup in Russia having reached the quarterfinals as Africa’s fairytale story in 2010, fell behind to a Nicholas Opoku personal aim. They’d a person benefit for the final 30 minutes after Joash Onyango was despatched off however could not discover an equalizer, which means they misplaced their lead of their qualifying group.
There are fears for the fast way forward for Ghanaian soccer after the federal government tried to disband your complete nationwide federation, accusing it of deep-rooted corruption. The nation narrowly prevented a ban from internationals by FIFA, and soccer in Ghana is on its knees and now being run by a brief committee.
Cameroon, the defending African champion, has already certified for subsequent 12 months’s event as host. However within the face of such an enormous second defending its title at house, the staff is competing in qualifying to remain sharp. That appeared a foul concept on Saturday when Comoros, inhabitants 795,000, led the continental champion 1-0. Stephane Bahoken saved Cameroon with a late equalizer and saved new coach Clarence Seedorf, the previous Netherlands worldwide, from a humiliating begin.
Mauritania, but to make it to a World Cup or an African Cup of Nations, is on target for historical past after a 2-Zero win over Burkina Faso, which was the African Cup runner-up in 2013. Mauritania leads the group.
Libya additionally tops its group after drawing in South Africa 0-0. One other excessive flyer is Burundi.
Subsequent 12 months’s African Cup would be the first with 24 groups, up from 16.
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