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WCQ: Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia maintain perfect starts

Victor Osimhen's strike and Kenny Rocha Santos' own goal helped Nigeria come from behind to beat Cape Verde 2-1 in their 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifying game.

Senegal, Nigeria and Tunisia record away victories in Tuesday’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF) matches.

Sadio Mane made it two goals in as many Group H matches when he sealed Senegal’s 3-1 win over Congo-Brazzaville at the Stade Alphonse Massamba-Débat in Brazzaville.

The win took Senegal’s Lions of Teranga to the top of the group standings – two points clear of second-placed Namibia with four matches left.

While Nigeria opened a three-point lead at the top of Group C after claiming a 2-1 victory over Cape Verde at the Estádio Municipal Adérito Sena in Mindelo.

The Super Eagles, who were without key attackers Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi, scored through Victor Osimhen and Rocha Santos (own-goal).

At the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola, Tunisia also opened a three-point lead in Group B after defeating Zambia 2-0 with Wahbi Khazri and Anis Ben Slimane scoring.

Iban Salvador’s solitary goal fired Equatorial Guinea to third place on the Group B standings following their narrow 1-0 victory over Mauritania at Estadio de Malabo.

Meanwhile, Group A leaders, Algeria’s extended their unbeaten run to 29 matches when they drew 1-1 with Burkina Faso at the Stade de Marrakech in Morocco.

A first-half goal by Richard Mbulu at the Orlando Stadium in South Africa inspired Malawi to a 1-0 win over their Southern African rivals Mozambique in a Group D game.

At the Al-Hilal Stadium in Omdurman, Piqueti scored twice in the first half to help Guinea-Bissau secure a 4-2 win over Sudan and the win took the African Wild Dogs to the top of Group I table.

While Tanzania also climbed to the top of Group J after edging out Madagascar 3-2 at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam where Feisal Salum grabbed the winning goal.

Angola recorded their maiden win in Group F when they overcame Libya 1-0 at the Estádio 11 de Novembro in Luanda with Omar Al Khoja scoring the only goal of the match.

Lastly, Aschalew Tamene scored in stoppage time to hand Ethiopia a 1-0 win over Zimbabwe in a Group G encounter at the Bahir Dar Stadium in Bahir Dar.

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