Senegal, Burkina Faso, Algeria and Mali set pace for others in AFCON qualifiers

Four national football teams, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Algeria, and Mali are setting the pace for other national teams after the third round of matches for 2023 AFCON Qualifying matches.Senegal, Burkina Faso, Algeria and Mali set pace for others in AFCON qualifiers

Following the third round of played on Saturday, March 24, 2023, the four national teams are each in first place in their respective groups with 9 points.

Senegal overcame Mali to take the lead in Group L with goals from Youssouf Sabaly in the 9th minute, Sadio Mane in the 15th minute, IIiman Ndiaye in the 32nd minute, Boulaye Dia in the 39th minute, and Habib Diallo in the 88th minute.

Gildo scored  Mozambique scored a consolatory goal in 48th minute of second half of the match.

After defeating Togo 1-0, Burkina Faso has taken the lead in Group B. The lone goal for Burkina Faso came in the 87th minute of the second half of the game from Abdoul Tapsoba.

Uganda’s 0–1 loss against Tanzania has Algeria leading Group F with 9 points.

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In the 68th minute of the second half of the game, Simon Msuva stunned the Ugandans at home with a goal.

Mali has a commanding lead in Group G after defeating Gambia 2-0.

Adama Malouda Traore scored the second goal for the Malians in the fifth minute of extra time in the second half, following an early strike by Kamory Doumbia in the third minute of the first half.

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Meanwhile, the Super Eagles of Nigeria lost leadership of Group A to Guinea Bissau after losing 0-1 to the visitors at Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.

Mama Baide 29th minute goal sealed the historic away goal for Guinea Bissau.  Bafana Bafana of South Africa are struggling in Group K after playing 2-2 draw at home with Liberia.

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Lyle Foster scored a brace for South Africa in 11th, and 22nd minutes of first half of the match.

Tonia Tisdell, and Mohammed Sangare respectively scored Liberian first goal, and the equalizer in 68th minute, and one minute after full time.

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