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Morocco became the first to qualify for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, which will be held in Côte d’Ivoire early next year. The eleventh matchday of the qualifying round group competition.

South Africa conceded victory against hosts Liberia with two goals scored by Burnley’s England striker Lyle Foster (11 penalties and 22) before the visitors responded with two second-half goals through Tonya Teasdale (68). And a beautiful long-range rocket fired by Mohammed Sangareh (90+1).

Morocco secured one of the first and second places in the final from a group of just three teams, after the expulsion of Zimbabwe by the International Games Federation (FIFA) for government interference in the affairs of the local population. Federation.

Morocco leads the group with six points, five ahead of South Africa and Liberia, who face each other next Tuesday in Morocco, with Liberia winning at home after failing to win their national stadium, which does not meet the FIFA standards.

It was impossible for South Africa and Liberia to get six points when they met in the fourth round, each facing Morocco in the last two rounds and the maximum that each of them can do. They are up to seven points if they win their remaining two matches, and each will reach five points on Tuesday if they win on Tuesday and beat Morocco in the fifth and sixth rounds.

DR Congo regained composure to record their first victory of qualifying when they beat Mauritania 3-1 in the Group Nine third round final in Lubumbashi on Friday.

Mauritania suffered an early setback when striker Idrissa Thiam was sent off in the 22nd minute, and the Democratic Republic of Congo took advantage of the numerical disadvantage to turn the first half in their favor with two goals from French midfielder Gael Cakota, of Nice ( 37). ) and Marseille’s French striker Cedric Bacambo (42).

Valenciennes’ French striker Ali Abeid put Al Mourabitoun in the game by closing the gap early in the second half (55), but Besiktas’ Turkish defender Artur Masuaku regained the lead and secured his first win. His country after two consecutive defeats, scoring the third goal in the 67th minute.

The Congolese side finished bottom on goal difference, three points behind Sudan, who lost 1-0 to Gabon in the first round of the competition on Thursday.

Instead, Mauritania suffered the first defeat after a victory and a draw, leaving the balance at four points and unable to recover the leadership of Gabon (7 points).

Mauritania rehabilitated the Democratic Republic of Congo by receiving it next Tuesday for the fourth round, while Sudan receives Gabon next Monday.

In Group F, Tanzania emulated the Democratic Republic of the Congo and claimed their first victory by defeating hosts Uganda 1-0, with a 68th-minute goal from Saudi striker Al-Qadisiya Simon Msufa.

Tanzania took advantage of Niger’s defeat by leaders Algeria on Thursday in three rounds (1-2) to finish in second place with four points to the last two points.

Guinea-Bissau made a huge comeback in their Group A competition by defeating Nigeria 1-0 at the Abuja National Stadium. Guinea-Bissau’s victory was the responsibility of French striker Troy Mamma Balde, who scored the only goal in the 29th minute.

Nigeria’s attacking star, especially Napoli’s top scorer, Italian Victor Osimen, and Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho, were unable to break through Guinea-Bissau’s defensive block. The balance froze at six points and they fell to second place, one point behind Guinea-Bissau, which took the lead.

Côte d’Ivoire regained top spot in Zambia’s Group Eight by beating Comoros 3-1, with three goals from Fiorentina’s Italian forwards Christian Kwame (29), Sebastian Haller (61) of Germany’s Borussia Dortmund and Saint- Etienne Jean from France. -Philippe Crasso (89) against Ibrahim Youssef Juda’s goal (90).

Côte d’Ivoire, who automatically qualify as hosts for the continental wedding, are up seven points, one ahead of Zambia, who beat Lesotho by the same score on Thursday, while Comoros hold on to third place on three points.

Cape Verde finished negative in Eswatini in the second group, which includes Burkina Faso and Togo, which measure later.

Egypt also face Malawi, Guinea in Group D with Ethiopia, Mali with Gambia in seventh, Senegal with Mozambique in twelfth, Equatorial Guinea with Botswana, Tunisia with Libya in tenth and Cameroon with Namibia in third.

Source: EuroNews

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