Kenneth Muguna of Kenya and Bizimana Djihad of Rwanda challenge for possession during the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Rwanda and Kenya held at Nyamirambo Regional Stadium in Kigali, Rwands on 5th September 2021 © BackpagePix
Sunday Sep 05, 2021. 23:52
Egypt ensured that there was late drama on an exciting day of CAF second round 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying action, on Sunday 5 September.
There were only three fixtures to close off a jam-packed week which will promptly resume with a further seven fixtures scheduled for Monday, in a busy international window for the African continent.
Rwanda and Kenya got the day’s proceedings underway in an East African meeting at Stade Régional Nyamirambo in Kigali.
The Harambee Stars opened the scoring nine minutes into the encounter through Michael Olunga, but the Amavubi took little time to respond and levelled matters through Abdul Rwatubyaye in the 20th minute of the match in what ultimately ended in a 1-1 draw.
The result left both teams winless after two rounds of fixtures and with a mountain to climb if they are to challenge for a place in the third round of qualifying.
A spectacular overhead kick goal from Elmo Kambindu steered Namibia to a 1-0 win over Togo at Stade de Kégué in Lome on Sunday.
Victory moved the Brave Warriors top of Group H on four points, one ahead of Africa’s top-ranked nation, Senegal, who are away to Congo in Brazzaville on Tuesday.
In the final match of the day, Mostafa Mohamed scored in the final minute of stoppage-time to earn 10-man Egypt a 1-1 draw against Gabon at Stade de Franceville on Sunday evening.
The Pharaohs had made a unconvincing start to their qualifying campaign for next year’s World Cup in Qatar with a narrow win over Angola, but proved their mettle with what could turn out to be a pivotal result.
Jim Allevinah fired the Panthers in front minutes after Omar Gaber’s sending off for a second bookable offence, but Mostafa popped up off the bench with great effect to earn the visitors a point.
The result moved Egypt top of Group F on four points and above Libya who are away to Angola in Luanda on Tuesday.
Full list of results, 5 September 2021:
Rwanda 1-1 Kenya
Togo 0-1 Namibia
Gabon 1-1 Egypt