Monday, October 12, 2015

Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania advance to second round

(Oct 12, 2015, (Fifa))--Ethiopia won, Kenya drew and Tanzania lost in 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ qualifiers as they secured second-round places with aggregate victories.

A first-minute goal helped Ethiopia to a 3-0 second-leg win over Sao Tome e Principe in Addis Ababa and a 3-1 overall success after suffering a shock first-leg loss. Kenya were booed by increasingly frustrated supporters in Nairobi as woeful finishing by the hosts allowed Mauritius to escape with a 0-0 draw having crumbled 5-2 at home last Wednesday.

Tanzania conceded a late first-half goal to lose 1-0 in Malawi, but progressed thanks to a 2-0 victory in Dar es Salaam four days ago. Ethiopia face Congo, Kenya meet Cape Verde Islands and Tanzania play top-ranked African team Algeria during November in a second home-and-away qualifying round.

Another ten second-leg fixtures are scheduled for Tuesday after which there will be 40 African contenders left for five places at the World Cup in Russia. The top 27 ranked African teams when the draw was made in Saint Petersburg three months ago received first-round byes, including Algeria and CAF Africa Cup of Nations title-holders Côte d'Ivoire.  Read more from Fifa »

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