Nigeria lose 0-1 to Benin, face prospects of crashing out of World Cup race, as Botswana, Ghana win


Botswana triumphed over Somalia with a 1-3 victory in group G of the African World Cup Qualifiers at Estádio do Zimpeto stadium on Monday.

Thabang Sesinyi gave Botswana an early lead with a header in the 10th minute.

Mosha Gaolaolwe scored another goal for Botswana in the 53rd minute, followed by Kabelo Seakanyeng, who secured the win with a third goal. Somalia’s only response came from Sak Hassan.

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In another match, Malawi was defeated 1-0 by Equatorial Guinea. With the game nearing a draw, Iban Salvador scored, giving Equatorial Guinea the lead.

At Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Benin prevented Nigeria from winning. Despite fan expectations, Nigeria lost 2-1 to Benin in group C. In group G, first-placed Algeria won 1-2 against fifth-placed Uganda.

In group A, Guinea-Bissau faced Egypt at Estádio 24 de Setembro on Monday. Mama Baldé scored first for Guinea-Bissau, but Mohamed Salah equalized.

The match between Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone ended in a 2-2 draw at Stade du 26 Mars. A late goal by Sierra Leone’s Amadou Bakayoko, combined with Augustus Kargbo’s header, tied the game at 2-2.

In group G, Guinea lost 0-1 to Mozambique at Stade El Abdi. To conclude Monday’s games, Ghana beat the Central African Republic 4-3 in a high-scoring match.

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