In from Nifemi Daniel …
Three times African champions, the Pharaohs of Egypt reclaimed their top spot on Group G after thrashing Chad 5-1 in N’Djamena on Sunday, in match day two of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The result sent the Egyptians back to the top of the Group G table on 6 points, with Nigeria lying second on four points following their goalless draw in Dar Es Salaam with Tanzania on Saturday.
It took the Pharaohs only two minutes of play to take the lead, thanks to Bassem Morsi who slotted a cross delivery from Mahmoud ‘Kahraba’ past the Sao’s keeper.
The Zamalek striker doubled the visitors’ advantage in the 25th minute, beating the keeper at the near post to complete his brace.
Meanwhile, Sierra Leone and Côte d’Ivoire played to a goalless draw in Port Harcourt on Sunday, in their Group I of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The Leone Stars hosted the Ivoirians in Nigeria, as the Ebola-affected country is yet to be allowed to welcome its opponents in Freetown.
The result sees the two sides tied on one point after two games, two points adrift of group leaders Sudan.
Sunday AFCON Results
Mauritius 1-0 Mozambique
Madagascar 0-0 Angola
Kenya 1-2 Zambia
Lesotho 1-3 Algeria
Swaziland 2-2 Malawi
Zimbabwe 1-1 Guinea
CAR 2-0 DR Congo,
Chad 1-5 Egypt
Benin 1-1 Mali
Sierra Leone 0-0 Ivory Coast
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