Somalia create history with first World Cup qualifiers win; Rwanda, Sudan march on
Ahram Online, , Thursday 5 Sep 2019


Somalia have created history as they beat Zimbabwe 1-0 on Thursday to grab their first ever victory in a World Cup qualifying match.

Anwar Sidali Shakunda scored a late goal in the 87th minute to give the Ocean Stars a first leg advantage in the preliminary round of the 2022 African World Cup qualifiers.

Somalia have previously played 11 games drawing in 3 and losing 8.

Earlier in the day Rwanda and Sudan claimed precious away wins against Seyechelles 3-0 and Chad 3-1 respectively.

Rwanda hammered Seychelles 3-0 in Victoria courtesy to goals from Muhadjiri Hakizimana, 32, Yannick Mukunzi, 36 and Meddie Kagere, 80.

Ramadan Ragab was the hero for Sudan as he bagged a hat-trick on 13, 67 and 76 minutes to give his side a huge boost ahead of the return leg. Ezechiel N'Douassel scored a late consolation goal for Chad 3-1.

The preliminary round of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers that take place from 4 to 10 September includes 28 teams who play over two legs. The 14 winners will join the continent’s top 26 teams in the second round as the 40 teams will be drawn into 10 groups of four.

The 10 group winners will qualify for the final knockout round, played over two legs. The five winners of those ties will represent the continent in the 2022 World Cup.

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