Senegal, Morocco Secure Victories In World Cup Qualifiers


Senegal’s Famara Diedhiou scored a hat-trick on Tuesday to propel his country into the final phase of African World Cup qualifiers after beating Namibia 3-1, while Morocco also guaranteed top spot in their group with two games to play after a 4-1 victory against Guinea.

Diedhiou headed Senegal ahead after 22 minutes against Namibia in Johannesburg and added two more goals in the second half for a 3-1 victory.

Senegal’s Famara Diedhiou (19) scores goal against Namibia

The win gave Senegal the lead in Group H, with a 100% record after four games and two to play in November. The match was played in South Africa due to refurbishment work at Namibia’s home stadium.

Morocco 4-1 Guinea

Morocco beat Guinea 4-1 in Rabat to ensure they finish top of Group I and will be one of the 10 group winners competing in the playoffs in March for five African places at the World Cup finals in Qatar.

Selim Amallah scored twice for Morocco after Ayoub El Kaabi gave them an early lead as they also kept up a 100% record. Sofiane Boufal scored the fourth for the north African side in the last minute.

CAF World Cup qualifying results

Niger 0-4 Algeria

Zimbabwe 0-1 Ghana

South Africa 1-0 Ethiopia

Namibia 1-3 Senegal

Congo 1-2 Togo

Guinea 1-4 Morocco


Chidi Nwoke/Reuters.

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