WCQ 2018: Uganda, Zambia Enter Group Stages

Uganda Cranes have qualified for the group stages of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers after beating Togo 3-0 in a match played at the Nelson Mandela Stadium on Sunday 15, November.

The Cranes scored all the three goals up in the first half courtesy of a brace by Farouk Miya and a thunderbolt from captain Geoffrey Massa. 

The skipper, Geofrey Massa gave the hosts a great start after a ferocious  strike from 20 yards eluded Djehani N’ gussad for the opener after just five minutes of the game.

The dominance continued, reflecting in three successive corners by the quarter hour mark.

The two sides were forced into quick changes due to injuries, Serge Akakpo paved way for Fessou Placca as midfield gem, Khalid Aucho gave way to Geofrey Kizito.

A text book move involving William Luwagga Kizito on the right was finished off by Miya for his second before a goal in stoppage time from the man of the moment, Miya.

Joseph Ochaya crossed before Massa headed the ball that Miya struck with a well timed half volley.

Uganda won the overall tie 4-0 on aggregate. 

Zambia Win:

Two goals in the second half helped the 2012 African champions overcome Sudan 2-0 to advance to the group stages of the World Cup qualifiers in a match played at the at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola. Leading 1-0 from the first leg played last week, the hosts took the lead in the 60th minute through Lubammbo Musonda. They then extended their lead ten minutes from time when dangerman Winston Kalengo danced through the Sudanese defence to curl his effort home.

Aubemeyang Steers Gabon Through

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the winning penalty on Saturday as Gabon became the first team to reach the group phase of African 2018 World Cup qualifying.

Gabon beat Mozambique 4-3 on penalties following extra time in Libreville after Gabon won 1-0 to level the second-round tie at 1-1 on aggregate.

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