Sudan, Senegal off to flying starts

Sudan 4-0 Sao Tome E Principe

Sudan hammered Sao Tome E Principe 4-0 in a Group C opening clash at the National Stadium in Khartoum, with the visitors finishing ten men.

Goals from Ramadan Agab, Hano Eltetsh, Ali Shiboub and Jordao Diogo (OG) gave the hosts a superb start.

Senegal 2-0 Congo

Senegal kicked off their Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign after seeing off Congo 2-0 at home on Wednesday in Group I.

Senegal, who were runners-up to Algeria four months ago, confirmed victory with first-half goals from Sangone Sarr and Mamadou Diallo two minutes later.

Nigeria 2-1 Benin

Nigeria pushed to the top of Group L following a 2-1 victory over Benin in their opening Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

Stephane Sessegnon stunned the Super Eagles following a third minute lead. Victor Osimhen brought the match level after 45 minutes before Samuel Kalu sealed victory after 63 minutes.

Cameroon 0-0 Cape Verde Islands

Cameroon started their qualifying campaign on a rather disappointing note as the Cape Verde Islands managed to grind a goalless draw in Yaounde.

Guinea-Bissau 3-0 Eswatini

Guinea-Bissau’s road to Cameroon in two years time got off to a positive start after a 3-0 victory over Eswatini in Group I at home.

Jorginho, Piqueti making and Mario secured the goals for the home side.

Central African Republic 2-0 Burundi

Central African Republic put their campaign off to a solid start following a 2-0 victory over Burundi at the Barthelemy Boganda Stadium.

Vianney Mabide opened the scoring on five minutes before Louis Mafouta sealed the win right at the death.

Malawi 1-0 Sudan

Malawi enjoyed a positive start in their pursuit to end their hiatus from the showpiece event after a 1-0 win in Group B over Sudan.

After a scoreless first half, the Flames hit the winner on 68 minutes through Gabadinho Mhango.

Namibia 2-1 Chad

Namibia moved to the top of Group A with a hard-fought 2-1 victory Chad at the National Stadium in Windhoek.

An own-goal after 66 minutes from put the Brave Warriors ahead through Adoassou Matthieu but Ezechiel Ndouassel levelled two minutes later while Chris Katjiuka netted the winner at the death.

Sierra Leone 1-1 Lesotho

Sierra Leone’s return international football ended with a lukewarm 1-1 draw against Lesotho at the National Stadium in Freetown.

Kwane Quee opened proceedings 12 minutes to full-time, but Jane Thabantsho forced a share of the spoils in time added on.

Burkina Faso 0-0 Uganda

Burkina Faso failed to open up their campaign with a win after playing to a frustrating goalless draw at home to Uganda.

Angola 1-3 Gambia

Gambia shocked Angola 3-1 in a Group D clash at the National Stadium in Luanda.

Angola were ahead after just three minutes through Wilson Eduardo, but Assan Ceesay replied with a brace before Sulayman Marreh grabbed the third goal late on.

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