Nigeria held by South Africa in Uyo

Edwin  - CEO June 7, 2024
Updated 2024/06/08 at 11:29 AM
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Image Credit: CAFonline
Image Credit: CAFonline

As Cote d’Ivoire, Morocco claim home wins



The closing fixtures of Friday’s Match Day 3 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers saw some interesting movements in Group C, E, and F where the race to the global showpiece gains exciting momentum, CAFonline reports.


A north versus south encounter between Morocco and Zambia saw the north African giants edge Chipolopolo 2-1 in Agadir to retain their Group E lead; while reigning African champions, Cote d’Ivoire managed a narrow 1-0 victory over Gabon to assume the number one spot in Group F.


It was an evenly balanced encounter in Uyo where the Super Eagles came from behind to salvage a point against South Africa as Group C remains wide open.


CAFOnline summarises the 19h00 GMT matches of Friday’s Match Day 03 encounters:


Morocco 2 – 1 Zambia


An early penalty conversion by Hakim Ziyech saw the Atlas Lions grab the early lead in the opening minutes to go into the break with a lead.


Coming back from the break, Eliesse Ben Seghir doubled the North Africans’ lead ahead of an 80th-minute consolation goal by Edward Chilufya, as Morocco went ahead of Zambia in Group E.


Cote d’Ivoire 1 – 0 Gabon


Seko Fofana led by example in the Elephants’ quest to return to the global showpiece.


The midfield maestro’s solitary goal was enough to see the reigning African champions secure a slim win over Gabon to maintain their winning streak in Group F and maintain their lead at the top.


Nigeria 1 – 1 South Africa

It was a battle of old foes in Uyo as the Super Eagles of Nigeria played host to South Africa. The highly entertaining affair which was a repeat of the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire 2023 semi-final saw the teams share the spoils at a packed Godswill Akpabio Stadium.


A stroke of genius by Themba Zwane in the 29th minute gave Bafana Bafana the lead ahead of the break before Fisayo Dele-Bashiru canceled out Zwane’s goal just seconds into the second half for the match to end 1-1 in Group C



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