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World Cup 2022: Mali frustrated in Uganda over Niger victory

Five African nations will qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Uganda managed to force a goalless draw against Mali in Group E of the 2022 World Cup qualification in Kampala on Tuesday.

The Cranes played 10 men for the last 24 minutes of the game after Murushidi Jjuko was fired for a second bookable violation.

Despite the draw, Mali remain leaders with four points from their previous two games, while Uganda have two points from two goalless draws.

Kenya also have two points, while Rwanda are bottom, with the only point they took in the 1-1 draw in Kigali on Sunday.

In group A, Niger came from behind to hit Djibouti 4-2 and ended the game like Uganda with only 10 players on the field.

Djibouti was defeated 8-0 by Africa champions Algeria on Thursday and surprisingly took the lead after 32 minutes through Norwegian Anas Farah Ali.

Niger fought their way back after half-time with four goals, including a brace for Victorien Adebayor of Ghana in the first eleven minutes.

Amadou Djibo Wonkoye, who plays for Horoya in Guinea, then added a third from a penalty in the 64th minute, while Amadou Sabo added the fourth minute later.

In the 83rd minute, Hassane Amadou saw the red card and Djibouti used its one-man lead to score a second goal through Warsama Hassan Houssein.

The game was played in the Moroccan city of Rabat because the facilities in Djibouti do not meet international standards.

The result means Djibouti is pointless after two games while Niger now have three points.

For the same reasons, Burkina Faso will “host” Algeria on Tuesday in another Moroccan city, Marrakech, with both teams winning their first group qualifications.

DR Congo striker Dieumerci MbokaniDR Congo striker Dieumerci Mbokani now plays for Kuwait SC in Kuwait

In Group J, veteran striker Dieumerci Mbokani scored again for DR Congo when he made the top scorer in a 1-1 draw against the hosts after 12 minutes Benin in Contonou.

French-born Jordan Adeoti equalized before half-time to take one point for Benin and keep the group leading with four points.

The Leopards are two points ahead of Mbokani’s goal in a 1-1 draw with Tanzania on Thursday that could level with Benin if they beat Madagascar in Dar-es-Salaam on Tuesday.

Later on Monday, the Central African Republic will meet Liberia, South Africa will host Ghana and Cameroon will travel to Ivory Coast.

Only the winners of Africa’s ten qualifying groups will qualify for the play-offs next March, when the continent’s five finalists for next year’s World Cup are known.

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