Tuesday , July 27 2021

Mahrez brace helped Algeria qualify for the Nations Cup

Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez scored twice as Algeria beat Togo 4-1 at Lome on Sunday to qualify for the 2019 African Cup final in Cameroon.

Mahrez netted both sides of a Youcef Attal goal to give the 1990 champions a three-goal lead in 30 minutes in the west African city.

Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba pulled one back for Togo in the second half before Baghdad Bounedjah finished the score during extra time.

Algeria has 10 points from five matches in Group D, Benin seven and Togo and Gambia five each. The final round of the match is scheduled for March.

Algeria became the 10th qualifier after Cameroon, Egypt, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia and Uganda.

Burkina Faso, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zimbabwe are wasting opportunities to secure a place in the newly expanded 24-team tournament in June and July.

Mateus bagged two goals for Angola in Group 2-1. I won against Burkina Faso in Luanda while Tanzania lost 1-0 in Lesotho, where Nkau Lerotholi nodded at the Group L winner in the 76th minute.

William Jebor scored in the second half as Liberia angered Group G leaders Zimbabwe 1-0 at Paynesville while Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo drew 1-1 in the same mini league.

Zimbabwe has eight points, Liberia seven, Congo six and Congo five and four countries can be among the top two and qualify.

The former Zambia champions were eliminated after losing 1-0 to Mozambique in Group K.

Albania-based Reginaldo Faife maintains the hopes of the Mozambican community to complete the top two by scoring the only goal after 63 minutes in Maputo.

Guinea-Bissau and Namibia each got eight points after a 0-0 draw in Windhoek on Saturday, Mozambique seven and Zambia four.

Zambia were the surprise winners of the 2012 European Cup in Libreville, beating Ivory Coast on penalties after a goalless final.

The defeat was a big blow for the Belgian-born Zambia coach, Sven Vandenbroeck, who was hired when local Wedson Nyirenda resigned after the opening round to join the South African club.

Vandenbroeck has won one match, a draw and lost two at the Nations Cup since his first appointment as head coach of the national team.

He helped his compatriot and Cameroon coach Hugo Broos when the Central African country surprisingly won the 2017 European Cup in Gabon.

Ghana beat Ethiopia 2-0 in Group F in Addis Ababa given Jordan Ayew scored twice during the first half.

Sudan ended four successive defeats in Group A with a surprise 3-1 victory over Madagascar who had qualified in Antananarivo.

The final goal saved the Group H 2-2 draw for the Central African Republic in Rwanda while Niger came from behind to win 2-1 at Swaziland in Group J.

Algeria qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations in their last match against Togo with the help of Riyad Mahrez, pictured here playing for Manchester City in November 2018

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