Minnows cause SWC qualifying surprise

2015-10-14 08:38
Juventus earn a point

Cape Town - The tiny island nation of the Comoros and conflict-riven Chad both unexpectedly advanced to the second round of Africa's World Cup preliminaries with away goal triumphs in qualifying matches on Tuesday.

They were joined by Botswana, Burundi, Liberia, Madagascar, Namibia, Niger and Mauritania while Djibouti failed to arrive for their tie in Swaziland.

Comoros booked a second round knockout tie against Ghana next month after they held Lesotho to a 1-1 draw in Maseru, netting a vital away goal after a 0-0 draw in last week's first leg.

French-born Mohamed Mchangama scored 20 minutes from time for the Indian Ocean island nation.

Chad, where civil conflict has held back the game's development, qualified despite losing 2-1 to Sierra Leone in the second leg of their preliminary round tie.

The match was played in Port Harcourt, Nigeria because there is a ban on international football in the Ebola-affected Sierra Leone.

Chad had won last week's first leg 1-0 and doubled the aggregate score when Leger Djimrangar netted just before half-time.

Sierra Leone left it late with two goals but needed a third to advance.

Mauritania and Niger both won 4-0 at home to dispatch South Sudan and Somalia respectively while William Jebor scored a hat-trick as Liberia won 3-1 away in Guinea Bissau for a 4-2 aggregate triumph.

Swaziland, who were 6-0 winners away in Djibouti last week, were left twiddling their thumbs after Djibouti were stranded in Nairobi with visa problems.

"We are going to discuss the way forward concerning the match but it is likely to be played within the next 48 hours," said Frederick Mngomezulu, the chief executive of the Swaziland football association.

If Djibouti do not arrive by Wednesday, however, Swaziland will get a walkover to confirm their second round meeting with giants Nigeria, officials added.

Read more on:    swc 2018  |  soccer

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.