Egypt’s World Cup qualifying group: Burkina Faso and Guinea-Bissau tie

Ahram Online , Friday 17 Nov 2023

Burkina Faso and Guinea-Bissau drew 1-1 in their opening match of the African qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup at the Marrakech Stadium in Morocco on Friday.

Bertrand Traore
FILE - Burkina Faso and Aston Villa forward Bertrand Traore celebrating after scoring for his national team. Photo: Aston Villa s X account.


Guinea-Bissau took the lead in the 20th minute when Manuel Baldé found the back of the net with a right-footed strike from inside the box, assisted by Alfa Semedo.

Burkina Faso responded in the 61st minute when Bertrand Traoré unleashed a powerful right-footed shot from outside the penalty area to level the score.

Both teams shared the points, leaving them joint runners-up in the group with a point each, ahead of Sierra Leone and Ethiopia, who are yet to open their accounts, and behind Egypt who hammered Djibouti 6-0 on Thursday.

Guinea-Bissau will face Djibouti, who currently occupy the bottom of Group A with no points, on November 20, while Burkina Faso will take on Ethiopia a day later.

The winners from each of the nine groups will secure direct qualification for the World Cup, while the best runner-up across all groups will earn a chance through a playoff round.

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