A round-up of Africa’s World Cup qualifying groups F-H

By IndepthAfrica
In Soccer
Jun 3rd, 2012

Liberia's Barshall Cele rises above new Senegal skipper Papiss Cisse, who missed an early penalty

Five-time World Cup qualifiers Cameroon put the disappointment of missing this year’s Africa Cup of Nations to one side as they beat DR Congo at home.

Elsewhere, Senegal and Algeria – who have both qualified for previous World Cups – were among teams that got their group campaigns off to a winning start.

Kenya’s bid to reach a first World Cup got off to a poor start when being held to a goalless draw by Malawi in Nairobi.

The hosts struggled to create chances in a match where security was tightened following recent terrorist attacks in the Kenyan capital.

“Harambee Stars have a long way to go. They were playing at home but never created chances,” Flames coach Kinnah Phiri told BBC Sport.

The weekend’s other group game takes place in Calabar where Nigeria host Namibia on Sunday.

After Egypt beat Mozambique 2-0 on Friday, group rivals Zimbabwe and Guinea know that a big win in Harare on Sunday can take them top of the table.

The Warriors are buoyed by the return of three midfielders recently cleared of match-fixing as they chase a maiden World Cup qualification – a target Guinea’s Syli Nationale are also aiming for.
Algeria’s Sofiane Feghouli

Valencia star Sofiane Feghouli opened the scoring for Algeria in their rout of Rwanda

Algeria recorded the biggest victory on Saturday, as they thumped Rwanda 4-0 in Blida.

Sofiane Feghouli opened the scoring before El Arabi Soudani netted twice – either side of a strike from substitute Islam Slimani.

The North Africans contested the last World Cup in South Africa two years ago but failed to build on that appearance as they missed out on this year’s Africa Cup of Nations.

On Sunday, Benin host Mali in Cotonou.

Cameroon began their Group I campaign with a 1-0 win over DR Congo in Yaounde.

Germany-based striker Eric Choupo-Moting grabbed the only goal of the game shortly before the hour when converting a penalty that he had won.

“We’ve won the game, this is a good start but much still needs to be done,” said Cameroon coach Denis Lavagne afterwards.

On Sunday, Togo launch their bid to return to the World Cup for the first time since 2006 when they host Libya, who played at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations.

Despite the opposition presented by four-time champions Cameroon, veteran Hawks defender Nibombe Dare believes his side can cause an upset this time around.
Liberia’s Barshall Cele rises above new Senegal Papiss Demba Cisse, who missed an early penalty

Liberia’s Barshall Cele rises above new Senegal skipper Papiss Cisse, who missed an early penalty

Senegal conceded an early goal at home to Liberia but recovered to win 3-1 in a first competitive match in charge for stand-in coach Joseph Koto.

Koto was appointed after Frenchman Pierre Lechantre turned the job down and the Senegalese would have been dismayed to see Francis Doe open the scoring after just two minutes.

The Teranga Lions’ poor start continued when new captain Papiss Demba Cisse missed a penalty only for Ibrahima Balde to calm nerves as he levelled before the break.

The Lone Star were reduced to ten men on the hour and eleven minutes later, substitute Dame Ndoye fired home before Olympic Games-bound Sadio Mane scored in only his second Senegal appearance.

On Sunday, Angola – who represented Africa at the 2006 World Cup – host Uganda in Luanda.BBC

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