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2021 AFCON qualifiers: Current champions Algeria thrash 2012 champions Zambia


Current African champions Algeria thrashed 2012 champions Zambia 5-0 in the ongoing qualifiers for the 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The result between Algeria and Zambia is just one of the notable results across the continent as countries begin the push for tickets to the 2021 African showpiece to be held in Cameroon.

Youcef Bellaili put on a man of the match performance as he played part in three of the five goals with Baghdad Bounedjah scoring twice while Ramy Bensebaini and substitute Hilal Soudani scoring one each.

Bellaili scored once and assisted twice before being substituted in the 80th minute for Soudani who continued with the good work.

Ghana joined Sudan on top of Group C as the Black Stars started off their campaign to qualify for the 2021 AFCON with a 2-0 victory over South Africa in Cape Coast on Thursday.

The victory took them to second spot in the standings, only separated from Sudan by goal difference. Thomas Partey and Kudus Mohammed scored a goal apiece in either half as the Black Stars stormed off on a positive note.

Meanwhile, in Bamako, Guinea twice came from behind to force a 2-2 draw with Mali in a thrilling tie. Adama Traore broke the deadlock for the Malians in the 56th minute, but Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita drew Guinea level just 10 minutes later.

The home side would take just five minutes to get themselves back into the lead through Sekou Koita’s goal, but the never say die Guineans struck back level in the 75th minute through Sekou Conde.

Guinea will face Group A leaders Namibia in Conakry on Sunday while Mali will travel away to take on Chad.

Mozambique’s Mambas kicked off their journey to the 2021 AFCON with a well worked 2-0 home victory against Rwanda's Amavubi, a win that took them to the summit of Group F with three points.

The Mambas are two points ahead of Cameroon and Cape Verde who played to a goalless draw on Wednesday night.

The Amavubi will now hope to bounce back at home on Sunday when they face the Indomitable Lions in Kigali while Mozambique can pull clear in the group if they get maximum points in their away trip to the Cape Verde Islands.
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