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Arrows give up two-goal lead to be held 2-2

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Arrows give up two-goal lead to be held 2-2

Ayanda Patosi of Cape Town City

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Scent ition

Saturday Nov 25, 2017. 23:10


Golden Arrows let a two-goal slip to be held 2-2 by Cape Town City in an Absa Premiership clash at Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday night.

Abafana Bes’thende looked on course for all three point after they claimed a two-goal lead through Siphelele Magubane and Jabulani Shongwe, but the Citizens struck back late on through Ayanda Patosi and Thabo Nodada to secure a share of the spoils.

The result sees both teams miss out on the chance to go to the top of the log. Arrows are second on 17 points from 12 matches, while City have the same tally from a game less.

The Durban side claimed the lead late in the first half through Magubane, who got the better of City goalkeeper Sage Stephens to leave the hosts 1-0 up the break.

Arrows’ advantage was doubled midway through the second stanza when Shongwe found the back of the net, putting them firmly on course for a first win since September.

However, City gave themselves a glimmer of hope with 10 minutes of regulation time remaining when playmaker Ayanda Patosi pulled one back, while in the 89th minute their comeback was complete when Nodada netted their second.

Both teams will be in action again on December 5: Arrows will be away to Free State Stars, while City will host Maritzburg United.

Golden Arrows (1) 2 (Magubane 39’, Shongwe 69’)
Cape Town City (0) 2 (Patosi 80’, Nodada 89’)

Arrows: Gumede, Dlamini (Mathiane 69’), Mngwengwe, Mzava, Nkombelo, Bilankulu, Fikizolo (Molefe 79’), Shongwe, Sibiya (Mutizwa 46’), Magubane, Lamola

City: Stephens, Mkhize (Gumede 90’), Fielies, Johannes, Seedat, Matsi, Patosi, Nodada, Masina, Koapeng (Moseamedi 56’) , Lakay (Ngoma 67’)

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2018 World Cup Qualifier: Zambia 2-2 Cameroon – AS IT HAPPENED – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Nov 11, 2017. 16:53


Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification (CAF) Group B match between Zambia and Cameroon at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

Lineups:

Zambia XI: Mweene, Malama, Kapumbu, Tembo, Sunzu, Chama, Mulenga, Mwepu, Mwila, Daka, Sakala.

Cameroon XI: Ondoa, Nouhou, Ngadeu, Yaya, Leuko, Zambo, Siani, Boumal, Njie, Aboubakar, Ngamaleu.

Commentary:

91′ – GOAL! Yaya! Zambia 2-2 Cameroon. Yaya snatches a late equalizer with a good header.

90′ – The fourth official has added four minutes.

88′ – Zambia sub: Mbewe IN, Daka OUT.

85′ – Zambia sub: Banda IN, Mwepu OUT.

80′ – Daka, the Zambia striker, is ruled offside as the hosts continue to launch attacks.

76′ – Zambia sub: Ngonga IN, Mwila OUT.

75′ – Fifteen minutes left for Cameroon to snatch a late equalizing goal.

70′ – CAUTION: Chama (Zambia) is booked.

66′ – Cameroon sub: Olinga IN, N’Jie OUT.

65′ – Zambia deservedly restored their lead after pressing the Cameroon defence.

64′ – GOAL! Mwila! Zambia 2-1 Cameroon. Mwila scores following a good move by the hosts.

Cameroon sub: Pangop IN, Boumale OUT.

46′ – Cameroon sub: Castelletto IN, Leuko OUT

60′ – Zambia defender Chama’s long range effort is easily saved by Cameroon keeper Ondoa.

55′ – Zambia are dominating possession as they look to restore their lead.

50′ – GOOD SAVE! Cameroon keeper Ondoa makes a good save to deny Zambia midfielder Malama, who had unleashed a long range shot.

46′ – The second-half is underway.

HALF-TIME: Zambia 1-1 Cameroon.

40′ – CAUTION: Leuko (Cameroon).

35′ – BRILLIANT SAVE! Zambia striker Mwila forces Cameroon keeper Ondoa into a brilliant diving save from close range.

31′ – GOAL! Zambo! Zambia 1-1 Cameroon. Zambo scores with a powerful long range shot.

30′ – It is 1-0 to Zambia as we reach the half-hour mark here in Ndola.

GOAL! Daka! Zambia 1-0 Cameroon. Daka beats Ondoa with a powerful shot following a good move.

25′ – N’Jie bursts into the Zambia box and the Cameroon forward forces keeper Mweene into a low save.

20′ – Mulenga has a chance to shoot from inside the Cameroon box, but he decides to dribble and the Zambian loses possession.

15′ – Sakala beats his marker, but the Zambia forward places his cross over the crossbar as the hosts press Cameroon.

10′ – Chama finds some space outside the Cameroon box and the Zambia defender forces goalkeeper Ondoa into a good save.

5′ – Cameroon try to launch a quick counter attack, but Ngamaleu is fouled by Zambia defender Malama.

1′ – The match is underway.

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As it happened – 22 October 2017

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Oct 22, 2017. 16:52


Welcome to AfricanFootball.com for our African Stars Watch; where we keep you updated on action across Europe from an African perspective, on 22 October 2017.

COMMENTARY:

Thank you for joining us today on AfricanFootball.com for what was our LIVE African Stars Watch of players in action on the European continent.

17h00 – Alfred Duncan (Ghana), who played 47 minutes, helped Sassuolo beat Spal 1-0. Godfred Donsah (Ghana) was on the losing side as Bologna lost 1-0 to Atalanta.

16h55 – Khouma Babacar (Senegal) was introduced in the 46th minute and he went on to score for Fiorentina, who won 3-0 against Benevento.

16h50 – M’Baye Niang (Senegal) played 74 minutes for Torino, who lost 1-0 to Roma. Franck Kessie (Ivory Coast) played the entire match as his side drew 0-0 with Genoa.

16h40 – Nuno Da Costa (Cape Verde) will not be able to grab his hat-trick today as he is substituted with Strasbourg leading 2-1 against Nice in the 75th minute.

16h30 – Alex Iwobi (Nigeria) was an unused substitute as his side, Arsenal overcame Everton 5-2. Adel Taarabt (Morocco) receives a yellow card for a nasty tackle and his side, Genoa are still locked at 0-0 with AC Milan with 70 minutes played.

16h25 – GOAL! Oumar Niasse (Senegal) grabs a late consolation goal for Everton against Arsenal, who are now leading 4-2 in stoppage time.

16h20 – GOAL! Nuno Da Costa (Cape Verde) grabs his brace and his side, Strasbourg is now leading 2-0 against Nice in the 50th minute.

16h15 – GOAL! Khouma Babacar (Senegal) hits the back of the net from close range to make it 2-0 to Fiorentina against Benevento with 50 minutes played.

16h10 – Oumar Niasse (Senegal) has been introduced by Everton, who are now trailing 3-1 against Arsenal with 10 minutes left.

16h00 – RED CARD! Idrissa Gueye (Senegal) receives his second yellow card and he is sent off against Arsenal, who are leading 2-1 against Everton with 20 minutes left.

15h55 – Salomon Kalou (Ivory Coast) has a chance to score for Hertha Berlin against Freiburg, but he sends his header inches over the bar from close range and it is still 0-0 with 25 minutes played in a German Bundesliga game.

15h50 – Raman Chibsah (Ghana), is booked and his side, Benevento is still losing 1-0 to Fiorentina with 44 minutes played.

Alfred Duncan (Ghana) is also booked with side, Sassuolo leading 1-0 against Spal in an Italian Serie match on the stroke of half-time.

15h40 – Bright Gyamfi (Ghana) is part of the Benevento defence and his side is trailing 1-0 against Fiorentina in an Italian Serie A match with 40 minutes played.  Lamine Sane (Senegal) played the entire match as his side, Werder Bremen drew 0-0 with FC Koln.

15h30 – GOAL! Nuno Da Costa (Cape Verde) makes it 1-0 to Strasbourg against Nice in a French Ligue 1 match with 24 minutes played.

15h23 – Sadiq Umar (Nigeria) is ruled offside as he tries to break the deadlock for Torino against Roma with 23 minutes played. The lanky forward is on a season-long loan deal from Roma.

15h20 – Alex Iwobi (Nigeria) and Oumar Niasse (Senegal) are on the bench for Arsenal and Everton respectively, and they might be introduced in the second-half with the two sides locked at 1-1 at half-time.

15h12 – Idrissa Gueye (Senegal) goes into the book for a bad tackle on his opponent, but his side, Everton are still leading 1-0 against Arsenal with 35 minutes played.

15h10 – Franck Kessie (Ivory Coast) just started for AC Milan against Genoa, who have Adel Taarabt (Morocco) in an Italian Serie A match and it is 0-0 with 10 minutes played.

Umar Sadiq (Nigeria), Nicolas Nkoulou (Cameroon) and M’Baye Niang (Senegal) are all in action for Torino against AS Roma in another Serie A encounter, and it is still 0-0 with minutes played.

15h00 – Idrissa Gueye (Senegal) is action for Everton, who are leading 1-0 against Arsenal with 30 minutes played in an English Premier League (EPL) match.

Lamine Sane (Senegal) and his Werder Bremen team-mates are locked at 0-0 with FC Koln with 70 minutes played in a German Bundesliga encounter.

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Baroka regain top spot after a 2-2 draw at home – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

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Baroka regain top spot after a 2-2 draw at home

Richard Matloga of Baroka FC © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Sep 23, 2017. 17:20


Baroka FC moved back to the summit of the Absa Premiership when they drew 2-2 against Ajax Cape Town on Saturday afternoon at Peter Mokaba Stadium.

The hosts netted through Richard Matloga and Lewis Macha, as the now have 12 points from six matches so far.

On the other hand, the visiting side scored courtesy of Roderick Kabwe and Tashreeq Morris as they secured a point.

Ajax began the proceedings on a high as they dictated the terms in the heart of the part from the first whistle.

Kabwe used their possession to good use as he netted a cracker of a goal in the second minute after unleashing a thunderous shot, beating goalkeeper Virgil Vries on his right corner.

The ninth minute saw the hosts pushing for an immediate response and Mathari Mothupa also tried a long range shot, but it went wide.

However, in the 11th minute, Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele received a penalty after the referee called for a handball in the box and Matloga converted from the spot.

The Urban Warriors pushed for another goal and Kabwe was denied by Vries from a close range and conceded a throw in.

With both sides exchanging possession in the last 15 minutes of the encounter, there were no opportunities in front of the goal – 1-1 at half time.

The Urban Warriors bounced back with more intent as they regained their lead through Morris in the 50th minute.

Morris received a wonderful pass from the right wing and he controlled the ball well, before slotting the ball into Vries’ left corner.

However, seven minutes later the hosts also found the net with a beautiful header from substitute Macha as he outjumped his opponent to beat keeper Brendon Petersen on his right corner.

Towards the last 10 minutes, the hosts keepr Vries nearly conceded as he misjudged a ball into his area, but the Mother City side failed to capitalise on the error.

Uzoenyi Ejike tried a great set piece in the last five minutes from the edge of the area, but Vries was equal to the task as the ball took a deflection.

Coach Kgoloko Thobejane’s men thought they have found a winner in the 89th minute when Gift Motupa scored, but it was ruled out for an offside.

Resulting from the stalemate, coach Stanley Menzo’s side now sit at number 10 on the log table with five points from the same number of matches.

Baroka FC (1) 2 (Matloga 12′, Macha 57′)

Ajax Cape Town (1) 2 (Kabwe 2′, Morris 50′)

Baroka FC: Vries, Shaku, Matloga (Kgaswane 61′), Ntshangase, Banda, Moeti, Masenamela, Mothupa, Madubanya, Mdantsane, Nguzana (Macha 37′)

Ajax Cape Town: Petersen, Booysen, Evans, Pietersen (Mdabuka 48′), Nhlapo, Malepe, Lebusa, Kabwe (Margeman 72′), Mosadi, Morris, Makua (Uzoenyi 46′)

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Al Ahly held 2-2 at home by Esperance

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Al Ahly player Abdalla El Said soccer his goal during the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup game between Espérance Sportive and Al Ahly at Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria, Egypt on 16 September 2017

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Sep 16, 2017. 21:12


The eagerly-anticipated CAF Champions League clash between Al Ahly and Esperance de Tunis finished in a thrilling 2-2 draw on Saturday night.

The result in the teams’ quarterfinal, first leg match at the Borg El Arab Stadium outside of Alexandria leaves the Tunisians as favourites heading into next weekend’s return clash.

Al Ahly claimed an early lead when Saad Samir converted from the penalty spot in the 12th minute to make it 1-0 to the Egyptian giants.

However, the Red Devils’ ascendancy was short lived: Esperance drew level just before the midway point of the first half, with Fosseni Coulibaly providing a fine finish to make it 1-1.

The half time break saw the teams level still level, with the Tunisians no doubt the happier of the two after scoring a valuable away goal.

And the Blood and Gold didn’t have to wait long for their second to arrive: just three minutes after the restart Ghailene Chaaleli netted to put the Tunis side 2-1 up.

Midway through the second half it was the Red Devils’ turn to mount a fightback, as they drew level through Walid Azaro in the 67th minute to bring the score to 2-2.

The return leg will be played next Saturday evening at the Olympic Stadium in Rades. The aggregate winners will face either Etoile du Sahel or Al Ahly Tripoli in the semifinals.

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Group D still wide open after 2-2 draw in Ouagadougou – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Group D still wide open after 2-2 draw in Ouagadougou

Sadio Mane of Senegal celebrates a goal Franceville Stadium, Gabon Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Sep 05, 2017. 22:05


Group D in Africa’s 2018 World Cup qualifiers remains wide open after Burkina Faso and Senegal played to a dramatic 2-2 draw in Ouagadougou on Tuesday night.

The Stallions claimed an early lead but looked set for defeat when they found themselves both a man and 2-1 down heading into the dying stages, yet an own goal from replacement goalkeeper Pape Seydou Ndiaye ensured the spoils were shared.

The result means Group D is still as tight as ever: a win for Cape Verde over South Africa earlier in the evening gave these teams the chance to take control, but their second successive draw means just two points separate the four nations.

Burkina Faso and Cape Verde lead with six points apiece, Senegal have five and South Africa are somehow still in the running with four points despite successive defeats in the past five days.

Burkina Faso settled the quicker of the two teams and claimed the lead just nine minutes into the match, with Bertrand Traore taking advantage of some sloppy defending before firing home a low shot from the edge of the penalty area.

Senegal fought back to level the game at 1-1 in the 27th minute: Sadio Mane’s persistence down the left ended with a dangerous ball into the penalty area and Ismaila Sarr swept home an equaliser.

The teams were locked at 1-1 for the better part of 50 minutes, during which time the Stallions were reduced to 10 men: Issoufou Dayo received his second caution a short while before the break and was sent for an early shower.

The Teranga Lions naturally dominated once they had the numerical advantage, but they had to wait until the 75th minute to finally claim the lead. Sadio Mane used his speed to latch onto a through ball and brilliantly chipped the ball past goalkeeper Koffi Kouakou.

However, there was still late drama to come: substitute goalkeeper Pape Seydou Ndiaye was forced into an own goal by Alain Traore in the 88th minute to see the game end 2-2.

Burkina Faso (1) 2 (B. Traore 9’ P.S. Ndiaye og 88’’)

Senegal (1) 2 (Sarr 27’, Mane 75’)

B Faso: Kouakou, Malo (Diawara 86’), Dayo, Kone, Coulibaly, Toure, Sylla (Ouattara 46’), A. Traore, B. Traore, Bance (Bayala 73’), Nakoulma

Senegal: K. Ndiaye (P.S. Ndiaye 69’), Gassama (Wague 64’), Mbodji, Sane, Ciss, Sarr, Kouyate, Gueye, Mane, Sow (Keita 78’), P. Ndiaye

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Burkina Faso, Ghana draw 2-2 in CHAN qualifier – 2018 CHAN Qualifiers

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Burkina Faso, Ghana draw 2-2 in CHAN qualifier

Bernard Tekpetey of Ghana out jumps Steeve Yago of Burkina Faso to a header during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals 3&4 match playoff between Burkina Faso and Ghana at the Port Gentil in Gabon on 04 February 2017 ©Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Aug 12, 2017. 20:15


Burkina Faso and Ghana played out an exciting 2-2 draw in the first leg of their African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier on Saturday.

The match at the Stade du 4 Aout in Ouagadougou twice saw the Black Stars claim the lead, only to be pegged back on each occasion by the Stallions.

Ghana claimed the lead inside the opening 20 minutes when Sadick Adams converted a penalty to make it 1-0. The spot kick was awarded after Burkina Faso defender Narcisse Bambara was adjudged to have handled in his own box.

The Stallions had been outplayed on their own soil in the first half, but after the break they came out fighting and put huge pressure on the Black Stars, who struggled to find the same rhythm they enjoyed in the opening 45 minutes.

Shortly before the hour mark Burkina Faso restored parity, with Sylla Mohammed converting a chance to make it 1-1 and put the match back in the balance.

The visitors continued to look threatening in attack and Adams missed out on a great chance to score a second, firing off target in the 64th minute from an opportunity which he should have buried.

Yet Ghana reclaimed the lead just a minute later through Gideon Waja, who provided a fine finish to make it 2-1 and put the Black Stars on course for victory.

However, the visitors’ hopes of claiming an away win were dashed in the 85th minute when Burkina substitute Iliase Sawadogo struck to make it 2-2 and tee up the second match perfectly.

The return game will be played at Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi next week Sunday. The aggregate winner will qualify for the 2018 CHAN finals in Kenya.

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MTN 8: Bidvest Wits 2-2 Golden Arrows – As It Happened

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Aug 11, 2017. 22:54


Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the 2017 MTN8 Cup quarter-final match between Bidvest Wits and Golden Arrows at the Bidvest Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Lineups:

Bidvest Wits Xl: Josephs, Hlanti, Hlatswayo, Damjanovic, Frosler, Scott, Monare, Pelembe, Pule, Claasen, Keene.

Golden Arrows Xl: Gumede, Nonyane, Mzava, Mngwengwe, Dube, Phiri, Cele, Mahachi, Jooste, Magubane, Lamola.

Commentary:

Wits, who are the defending champions, advance to the MTN8 Cup semi-finals after winning 4-3 on penalties.

Wits: Hlatshwayo – SAVED, Mhango -SAVED, Pienaar – SCORES, Pelembe – SCORES, Keene – SCORES, Frosler – SCORES

Arrows: Sibiya – SCORES, Nonyane -MISSES, Mutizwa – SCORES, Cele -MiSSES, Mahachi – SCORES, Bilankulu – MISSES

A penalty shootout to follow.

EXTRA-TIME FULL-TIME: Wits 2-2 Arrows.

120′ – The fourth official has added two minutes.

115′ – Wits are dominating possessing as they look to unlock the Arrows defence.

110′ – RED CARD! Arrows defender Dube is red carded after he head-butted Wits forward Mhango.

106′ – The second-half of extra-time is underway.

Extra-time half-time: Wits 2-2 Arrows

105′ – Wits coach Gavin Hunt and Arrows coach Clinton Larsen are both sent to the stands by the match referee.

100′ – Nonyane whips a long back into the Wits box and Josephs comes out to gather the ball with ease.

91′ – The first-half of extra-time is underway.

Extra-Time to follow.

FULL-TIME: Wits 2-2 Arrows

90′ – Four minutes added by the fourth official.

85′ – The Clever Boys are doing most of the attacking in the closing stages as they search for a late winning goal.

84′ – Wits sub: Pienaar IN, Claasen OUT.

80′ – GOOD SAVE! Josephs makes a good low save to deny Nonyane at his near-post as Abafana Bes’thende looked to restore their lead.

75′ – Wits sub: Mhango IN, Pule OUT.

70′ – CHANCE! Pule’s cross finds his Wits captain Hlatshwayo at the far post and the latter heads wide.

65′ – Play is stopped as Nonyane is down injured after colliding with Gumede and Keene.

61′ – GOAL! Wits 2-2 Arrows. Keene finds the back of the net following a mistake by Arrows defender Nonyane.

60′ – GOOD BLOCK! Phiri’s attempt is blocked from close range following a good move by Clever Boys.

55′ – Pule’s curling effort from a free-kick outside the Arrows box is easily saved by Gumede.

50′ – Wits winger Pelembe forces Arrows keeper Gumede into a good save as the hosts look to level matters.

46′ – The second-half is underway.

HALF-TIME: Wits 1-2 Arrows.

45 + 3′ RED CARD! Arrows midfielder Phiri receives his second yellow card and he’s sent off.

45′ – The fourth official has added five minutes.

40′ – Play has resumed and Wits are pressing Arrows as the half-time break approaches.

35′ – Play is stopped as Wits midfielder Claasen, who is also making his competitive debut for the Clever Boys, is down injured.

30′ – Arrows have taken a surprise lead as we reach the half-hour mark here in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

26′ – GOAL! Wits 1-2 Arrows. Keene beats Arrows keeper Gumede from the spot-kick.

26′ – PENALTY! Wits are awarded a penalty after Pule is fouled in the Arrows box.

25′ – GOAL! Wits 0-2 Arrows. Jooste sets up Mahachi, who hits the back of the net.

24′ – Arrows have been forced to make an early change as Magubane is substituted due to an injury.

22′ – Arrows sub: Sibiya IN, Magubane OUT

20′ – RED CARD! Wits defender Damjanovic receives a red card for a dangerous tackle on his competitive debut for the hosts.

15′ – Josephs produces a good save to deny Arrows full-back Dube as the visitors look to double their lead.

11′ – GOAL! Wits 0-1 Arrows. Lamola beats Wits keeper Josephs with a good header to hand Arrows the lead.

10′ – Arrows are looking to launch quick counter-attacks against Wits.

5′ – The hosts threaten first as Pule’s effort is deflected dangerously past the upright as Wits look for an early goal.

1′ – The match is underway.

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Madagascar, Mozambique draw 2-2 – 2018 CHAN

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Madagascar, Mozambique draw 2-2

Arnaldo Caminho of Mozambique challenged by Sarivahy Vombola of Madagascar during the 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup match between Mozambique and Madagascar at Morulen Stadium, Rustenburg South Africa on 30 June 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Sunday Jul 16, 2017. 15:47


Madagascar and Mozambique played to a 2-2 draw in the first leg of their 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier in Antananarivo on Sunday afternoon.

The teams’ first clash in the Southern Zone’s second round sets up the tie perfectly for the return leg in Maputo next weekend.

The Mambas got off to a flying start and claimed the lead early on through Salomao Mandlane, but the half ended 1-1 when Madagascar’s Njiva Rakotoarimalala scored an equaliser just before the break.

And Barea claimed the lead for the first time early in the second stanza when Rakotoarimalala netted a second in the 51st minute.

However, parity was soon restored when Mozambique’s Manuel Fernandes made it 2-2, giving the visitors a valuable second away goal ahead of next weekend’s second leg.

The aggregate winner of the tie will face either Mauritius or Angola in the final phase of qualification.

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