Mali and Nigeria carried out a successful operation on behalf of the fourth day on Sunday, October 10, while Benin was defeated by Tanzania.
Mali remain top of Group E after struggling to beat Kenya 1-0 on match day 4. Author of a hat-trick in the first leg Ibrahima Koné opened the scoring for the Eagles in the second half after a post from Charles Traoré (55th) ). The Malians are still threatened by Uganda, who beat Rwanda 1-0. Kenyans and Rwandans are now eliminated.
“I say thank you to everyone. My group held their own against Kenya and it was not easy. It was a very tough meeting and I knew he wanted to tear us apart. It was also this very strong wind and we managed to hide their assault. Our team was rigorous, we have a well-developed game background. We will make further progress. And we missed a goal scorer and I think we found it with Ibrahima Kone. He has a real mind, he is humble and is at the service of the team. He is a real fox for surfaces, says Malien’s coach Mohamed Magassouba to RFI.
In Douala, Cameroon, Nigeria returned to victory against the Central Africans (2-0) after their defeat against the same opponent on the third day (1-0). Balogun and Osimhen are the match’s two goal scorers (29th and 45th + 1).
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Benin had a bad operation against Tanzania. Michel Dussuyer’s men were surprised in the sixth minute by Simon Msuva, the only goal scorer in this meeting. The Benines did not make life easier for the rest of the qualifiers in Group J, where the first three still have the opportunity to qualify for the playoffs while Madagascar takes up the back. “We made a disastrous start to the match and we did not pay in cash. The Tanzanians have managed to keep up and the success is with Tanzania. We did not fight from the beginning, we paid dearly,” Dussuyer commented for RFI.