Africa World Cup 2014 qualifying result: Angola, Sierra Leone, Gabon held as Ethiopia, Morocco, Zambia & Uganda enjoy wins

The fourth match day of the 2014 World Cup qualifying group phase continues this weekend with 18 matches playing across Africa

Morocco 2-1 Tanzania

Morocco bagged their first win in the 2014 World Cup qualifying on Saturday after seeing off Tanzania challenge at the Marrakech Stadium in a cracker that ended 2-1. Man of the match 22-year-old striker Abderazak Hamdallah of Norwegian side Aalesund obtained a penalty after being tripped in the box by Tanzania’s Aggrey Morris, who was expulsed for the awful action.

Hamdallah transformed the spot kick to put the Lions of the Atlas ahead in the 39th minute, which was followed by continued domination from the home side that yielded another goal from Granada’s Youssef El Arabi in the 50th minute. Amri Kiemba pulled one back for the 10-man Taifa Stars when his power-packed long-range strike found the back net by the hour mark.

Despite the loss, Tanzania maintain their second place in Group C with 6 points behind leaders Cote D’Ivoire (10 pts), ahead of both teams’ clash next weekend in Addis Ababa.

Cape Verde 2-1 Equatorial Guinea

Cape Verde defeated Equatorial Guinea 2-1 on Saturday in Praia to record their first win in the 2014 World Cup qualifying but was short of moving up from the red zone, as the Nzalang Nacional added one point to reach 4 to maintain their fourth position in Group B.

Goals from Babanco in the 17th minute and Djaniny in the 53rd minute put the Blue Sharks ahead while Obina could pull one back for the visitors to end the meeting in 2-1.

Sierra Leone 2-2 Tunisia

Tunisia did what was needed to stay 5 points clear atop Group B by holding Sierra Leone to a 2-2 draw in Freetown on Saturday. The Leone Stars took the lead twice over their North African visitors, with goals from Kei Kamara and Alhassan Kamara, however, a penalty transformed by Darragi and a late minute strike from Ben Youssef forced the home side to settle for a 2-2 draw and thus sharing the spoils with the Eagles of Carthage, who now boast of 10 points.

Angola 1-1 Senegal

Angola could not edge past visiting Senegal on Saturday in Luanda, thus missing an opportunity to negotiate their way to the summit of Group J, while the Teranga Lions remain on top with 6 points.

Newcastle’s Papiss Cisse put the West Africans ahead in the 23rd minute and enjoyed the slim lead throughout the first half but had it cancelled out by Afonso Gueilherme in the 52nd minute to pull level for Angola, who are now third placed with 4 points.

Gabon 0-0 Congo

Gabon were held at home by Congo in a goalless draw on Saturday in Franceville. The Panthers failed to stop the momentum of the Red Devils who once more strengthened their lead on top of Group E to 10 points, while Gabon are now second placed with 4 points ahead of the Sunday’s match between the two other members of the group Burkina Faso and Niger, who have 3 points each.
Botswana 1-2 Ethiopia

Ethiopia clinched a vital 2-1 away win over Botswana on Saturday to maintain their lead in Group A, but with second placed South Africa still hot on their heels. The Walia Antelopes opened the scoring in the 33rd minute through Getaneh Kebede before doubling their lead by the 45thminute when Said Saladin found the back net to increase his personal tally in the qualifying campaign so far to four goals.

Botswana struggled to pull one back in second half, after being subjected to intense domination from the visitors, when Tebogo Sembowa unleashed a close range strike that left the Ethiopian goalkeeper sprawling to no avail. The group’s decider will happen on June 16 in Addia Ababa when Ethiopia will play host to South Africa in the next match day.

Zambia 4-0 Lesotho

Zambia crushed Lesotho 4-0 at home in Ndola to retake lead of Group D from Ghana with 10 points. The Chipolopolo opened with a brace from striker Jacob Mulenga of Dutch side Utrecht, who found the back net twice in the 35th and 64th minutes before team captain Christopher Katongo and Orlando Pirates’ forward Collins Mbesuma compounded issues for the lowly rated visitors with one goal each to end their frustration at 4-0.

Uganda 1-0 Liberia

Uganda have not lost a match at home since 2004, which was once more repeated on Saturday afternoon when they humbled visiting Liberia 1-0 to provisionally sit second in Group J ahead of Angola – Senegal clash. Tonny Mawejje, who plays in Iceland, put his side in the lead early in the 4th minute, which would eventually be the only goal of the encounter.