8 : 7
0 : 2
0 : 1
1 : 0
2 : 1
5 : 6
Zambia stuns Egypt with Cairo draw
Zambia’s Chipolopolo produced one of the shocking performances on the opening day matches of the final round of the 2010 World Cup/Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers by holding African champions, Egypt to a one all draw in Cairo on Sunday.
Earlier, Zambia head coach Herve Renard had cautioned the record six-times against underrating his team at their own peril and really live-up with the pre-match comments by pulling a draw at the Cairo International Stadium in their Group C clash.
The result gives a false hope to the Pharaohs’ dream of reaching their first ever Mundial since 1990.
England-based striker Amr Zaki put the Pharaohs in the lead on 27 minutes before Francis Kasonde drew parity 11 minutes into the second half.
In the Group’s other clash in Kigali, Rwanda and Algeria settled for a barren draw giving all four teams one point apiece.
Earlier on Saturday, the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia and the Azingo Nationals of Gabon launched their campaigns with crucial away wins.
Tunisia beat Kenya 2-1 in a Group B clash in Nairobi, just as the Azingos replicated a similar feat over the Atlas Lions of Morocco in a Group A tie in Casablanca.
The Tunisia victory, one of the shocking on the opening day of the final round qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup/Africa Cup of Nations, puts the Carthage Eagles at the apex of the group’s standings, after Mozambique held Nigeria to a 0-0 draw in Maputo.
France-based striker Issam Jemaa scored the match winner on 72 minutes, two minutes after Auxerre-striker, Dennis Oliech had canceled Ammar Jemal’s fifth minute lead.
Tunisia coach Humberto Coelho praised his players’ positive approach towards the game as the defining moment of their crucial win.
“We knew our opponents very well, they were physical, technical and the crowd was behind them. My players were composed and tactical, and the result showed.”
In Casablanca, first half strikes from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Roguy Meye gave the Azingos a two-goal lead before Mounir El Hamdaoui reduced the deficit six minutes from time.
Elsewhere in Accra, African footballer of Year, Emmanuel Adebayor inspired the Hawks of Togo to a lone goal victory over the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in their Group A tie.
The Hawks, playing away from home due to home-ban was ensured the maximum points courtesy Adebayor’s 10th minute goal from Alaixys Romao’s cross rom the right.
Adebayor, who was returning from a six-week lay off should could have authenticated his side’s lead on 76 minute, but blasted wide from the spot after Cameroon midfielder Geremi Njitap had fouled him in the penalty area.
Immediate-past Africa footballer of the Year, Frederic Kanoute aided Mali to a one all draw against Sudan in Omdurman in a Group D clash
The Sevilla striker put the Malians in the lead on 20 minutes before Mudathir Al Tahir drew parity for the Desert Hawks four minutes later.
At the Baba Yara Stadium, Saudi-based striker Prince Tagoe’s strike under a minute was all Ghana’s Black Stars needed to beat the Squirrels of Benin and to claim top spot of Group D.
In Ouagadougou, the Stallions of Burkina Faso gave hope to their World Cup ambitions with a 4-2 victory over Guinea’s Syli Nationals in Group E.
A second half brace from burly striker Moumouni Dagano and first half strikes from Mahamoudou Kere and Alain Traore was enough for the hosts despite goals from Pascal Feindouno and Kanfory Sylla.
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba capped his return to the Cote D’Ivoire side with two gaols as they decimated Malawi 5-0 at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium in Abidjan in the other Group E clash.
N’Dri Koffi scored the opener after 60 seconds before Drogba’s brace (6th and 27 minutes) gave the Elephants a 3-0 lead before half time.
On resumption, CAF Young Player of the Year, Salomon Kalou scored the fourth goal on 59 minutes before Bakary Kone completed the routing with the fifth goal on 71 minutes.
Only the top placed team after round-robin qualifies for the World Cup with the top three grabbing tickets for the Angola 2010 Africa Cup of Nations.
03-28-2009 Kenya 1-2. Tunisia
03-28-2009 Rwanda 0-0 Algeria
03-28-2009 Togo 1-0 Cameroon
03-28-2009 Sudan 1-1 Mali
03-28-2009 Burkina Faso 4-2 Guinea
03-28-2009 Morocco 1-2 Gabon
03-29-2009 Mozambique 0-0 Nigeria
03-29-2009 Cote d'Ivoire 5-0 Malawi
03-29-2009 Ghana 1-0 Benin
03-29-2009 Egypt 1-1 Zambia
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