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World Cup 2022: Kenya, Togo end Niger campaigns with victories

Kenya’s striker Michael Olunga has scored in his last two international matches

Kenya Togo and Niger all ended their qualifying campaigns for the 2022 World Cup on Monday with wins.

Kenya 2: 1 victory over the visit Rwanda was the first of their Group E campaign and was earned against the backdrop of the chaos in football in Kenya.

The previous Monday, the President of the Kenyan Football Association, Nick Mwendwa was released from prison on bail pending further investigation.

On the pitch, the Harambee Stars took the lead after just three minutes when Qatar-based striker Michael Olunga volleyed into the net from the edge of the box for the second World Cup qualifier in a row.

That lead was doubled 13 minutes later when 20-year-old Richard Odada, who plays in Slovenia, scored from the penalty spot after a foul on Erick Otieno by keeper Fiacre Ntwari.

Olivier Niyonzima drew behind for Rwanda in the 66th minute, but it was too little too late.

This puts Rwanda at the bottom of Group E with just one point, while Kenya is third with six. Uganda finished ninth, Mali topped the table with 15 and secured their place in the play-offs of the African World Cup.

In another dead gum, Meme Placca scored the game’s only goal for Go in the 88th minute when they struck Namibia 1-0.

Previously, Namibia’s Peter Shalulile had saved a penalty from Wassiou Ouro-Gneni.

The game was played at the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, as Namibia is one of the nations that do not have a suitable venue for international games.

The result means that Togo occupies second place in Group H with eight points, with Senegal already leading the table and taking the play-off spot.

Namibia finishes its season in third place with five points, while Congo Brazzaville is at the bottom with three points.

Niger ended their Group I games with a 7-2 victory for the visitors Djibouti.

The Nigerien national teamThe Nigerien national team

Victorien Adebayor scored two goals for Niger in the first half following a goal from Youssouf Ahmed. After the break there were two goals in two minutes from Amadou Wonkoye and then Daniel Sosah

Adebayor, currently on loan from Danish club Koge to Egyptian club Enppi, completed his hat-trick 15 minutes before the end of the game.

Siad Yabe Isman then pulled back for Djibouti before two more quick hits from substitute Issa Djibrilla extended Niger’s lead.

The result means Djibouti lost all six Group E games as they conceded 29 goals and only scored four. Niger finished third in the table with seven points.

The group will be completed on Tuesday as Algeria hosts Burkina Faso to decide who will advance to the play-offs.

Also on Monday Guinea-Bissau and Sudan played a goalless draw in Group I.

The game was played in the Moroccan city of Marrakech as Guinea-Bissau does not have a stadium that meets the requirements for hosting international matches.

On Tuesday, Morocco, who have already won Group I and a play-off spot, will host Guinea.

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