After putting out Malawi’s ‘Flames’ in the first round, Tanzania’s Taifa Star fail to outfox Algeria’s ‘Desert Fox’ in their second round-first leg World Cup qualifying game this afternoon.
Taifa Star squandered the two goals lead from each half of the thrilling game in front of their home fans in Dar es salaam.
The Desert Foxes found themselves a goal down at the break following Elias Maguri’s late first-half goal, before TP Mazembe forward Mbwana Samatta doubled the hosts’ lead on 55 minutes.
Algeria, ranked 109 places higher than their opponents in the latest Fifa rankings, rallied as Islam Slimani scored two goals in the space of three minutes to salvage a draw for the Algerians, who take two vital away goals into the return leg at home next week.
Elsewhere, Ethiopia and Congo played out a seven-goal thriller in Addis Ababa as the visitors recorded a 4-3 win. University of Pretoria’s Grant Kebede opened the scoring for Ethiopia to give them an early lead, yet Congo fought back with a vengeance, holding a 4-1 lead with ten minutes to go. The hosts would not lie down however, with two late goals ensuring they are still in the tie ahead of the reverse fixture on Tuesday.
At the Stade Omnisports Idriss Mahamat Ouya in N’Djamena, African powerhouses Egpyt were stunned 1-0 by hosts Chad, CS Sfaxien’s Ezechiel N’Douassel scoring the 73rd minute winner to leave the
Pharaohs with it all to do next week.
In Francistown, Bloemfontein Celtic’s Joel Mogorosi was on target for Botswana as they recorded a slender 2-1 win over Mali, Samba Sow’s away goal giving the Malian’s hope ahead of Tuesday’s second leg.
Saturday’s African World Cup qualifying first-leg results:
Tanzania 2-2 Algeria
Ethiopia 3-4 Congo
Chad 1-0 Egypt
Botswana 2-1 Mali
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