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SOCCER: Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea Lead Goal Spree

Story by REUTERS
Publication Date: 6/24/2008


Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea led a deluge of home goals on Sunday as a marathon month of African World Cup qualifiers drew to a close with home success in all but one of the day’s 12 games.

The Ivorians and Guinea both scored 4-0 home wins to go top of the standings in their respective groups but Ethiopia overshadowed them with a 6-1 win over Mauritania while the Democratic Republic of Congo were 5-1 victors at home to hapless Djibouti.

Home triumph

Ismael Bangoura netted a hat-trick for Guinea in their win over Namibia in Conakry while Shabani Nonda got a trio of goals for the Congolese in Kinshasa as Djibouti’s tally of goals conceded in the qualifiers rose to 23 in four matches.

Sekou Cisse grabbed two in the Ivorians’ win over Botswana in Abidjan while Mozambique won their first game in the same group with a 3-0 home triumph over Madagascar.

Benin, Egypt and Ghana all won 2-0 to keep them well in contention. New Barcelona signing Seydou Keita scored twice for Mali and Frederic Kanoute claimed the other in a 3-0 home win over Sudan in Bamako.

Reigning African Footballer of the Year Kanoute has now got five goals in four qualifying matches.

Emad Moteab scored both for Egypt as they beat Malawi 2-0 in a Group 12 game in Cairo.

The only anomaly was the potentially vital away point picked up by Kenya in their Group Two match at Zimbabwe.

It sees the Harambee Stars level on points with Guinea.

The Group Three encounter between Angola and Uganda was postponed to Monday after the refereeing team from Nigeria failed to arrive in Luanda on time.

The 12 African qualifying groups will provide 20 teams to go through to the last phase of qualifiers later this year. The 12 group winners and eight best runners-up progress.

World Cup qualifying African zone second-round results on Sunday. Group 1 Saturday, June 21 Cameroon 2 Tanzania 1 Group 2 Sunday, June 22 Zimbabwe 0 Kenya 0 Group 4 Saturday, June 21 Nigeria 2 Equatorial Guinea 0 South Africa 0 Sierra Leone 0 Group 5 Friday, June 20 Libya 4 Lesotho 0 Group 6 Saturday, June 21 Senegal 3 Liberia 1 Group 6 Friday, June 20 Algeria 1 Gambia 0 Group 7 Sunday, June 22 Mozambique 3 Madagascar 0 Group 8 Sunday, June 22 Ethiopia 6 Mauritania 1 Group 8 Saturday, June 21 Morocco 2 Rwanda 0 Group 9 Saturday, June 21 Tunisia 2 Burundi 1 Burkina Faso 4 Seychelles 1 Group 10 Sunday, June 22 Congo 2 Chad 0 Group 11 Saturday, June 21 Zambia 1 Swaziland 0 Group 12 Sunday, June 22 Congo DR 5 Djibouti 1

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