Senegal thrash Eswatini 4-1, South Africa bounce back in Nations Cup qualifiers

Ahram Online , Sunday 17 Nov 2019

Habib Diallo (L) from Senegal vies for the ball with Magnokele Bissiki (#6) from Congo at the Lat-Dior stadium in Thies, Senegal, November 13, 2019 during a qualifying game ahead of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (CAF) AFP

A hat-trick from Bristol City striker Famara Diedhiou helped Senegal outclass Eswatini 4-1 in Mbabane in the 2021 Nations Cup qualifiers on Sunday.

Diedhiou netted his hat-trick in the 59, 66 and 68 minutes and Pape Alioune N'Diaye completed the rout 13 minutes from time.

Eswatini midfielder Fganelo Mamba scored a consolation in the 70th minute, two minutes before receiving his marching orders for second yellow card.

Senegal, who defeated Congo 2-0  in Group I opener on Wednesday, are on top of the group with six points, three ahead of second-placed Guinea-Bissau who will face Congo later on Sunday.

In Group C, South Africa bounced back from their 2-0 defeat to Ghana in the group opener, claiming a narrow 1-0 win at home to Sudan.

Sao Tome will host Ghana in the other match of the group later on Sunday.

In Group B, Burkina Faso claimed a 2-1 away win over South Sudan  in the Nations Cup qualifiers, thanks to a double from former Masry striker Aristide Bance .

Burkina Faso opened their Nations Cup qualifying campaign with a frustrating goalless draw at home to Uganda but Sunday's win helped them advance to second with four points.

Uganda, who defeated Malawi 2-0 earlier in the day, are on top of the group with the same number of points (4).

In Group A, Mali secured a 2-0 away win over Chad. Moussa Djenepo opened the scoring in the 14 minutes and Mohamed Camara added the second just before the break.  

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