11 June 2012

Rwanda: Team Drop More Points in Qualifiers

2014 Fifa World Cup qualifiers - Group H

Rwanda 1-1 Benin

Mali 2-1 Algeria

AMAVUBI took another blow in their World Cup qualifying campaign, as they drew 1-1 with Benin in their Group H match played at Amahoro Stadium on Sunday. The hosts dominated proceedings and could have been a few goals clear inside the first half, but again poor finishing cost them.

Unlike in their opening qualifier against Algeria, the Wasps created several chances throughout the match but just couldn't convert them until the 87th minute when Bokota Labama came off the bench to equalise from the spot kick. Zamalek striker Razak Omotoyossi had given the Squirrels the lead on the 73rd minute.

With Mali upstaging Algeria (2-1) in the other day's game, Rwanda, who lost their opening qualifier against Algeria (4-0) last week, now face an uphill battle to finish top of their group, with only one spot available to advance to the next stage of qualification.

Elsewhere, Egypt edged Guinea 3-2 in a Conakry thriller to boost their hopes of returning to the World Cup in 2014 after a 24-year absence. Egypt now tops Group G with six points followed by Guinea (three). Zimbabwe and Mozambique have one each.

Although Egypt have lifted the Africa Cup of Nations a record seven times, they have qualified for the World Cup only twice - in 1934 and 1990 - and new coach Bradley has repeatedly said that reaching Brazil is his primary objective.

Cameroon, whose six World Cup appearances is a record for an African country, suffered a dramatic 2-1 loss in Group I against Libya, who were forced to play in Tunisia because of security instability at home.

Democratic Republic of Congo climbed above Cameroon on goal difference into second place behind Libya after a 2-0 win over Togo in Kinshasa despite playing more than half the game a man short. Congolese talisman Tresor Mputu scored midway through the opening half and Belgium-based midfielder Dieumerci Mbokani capped his return after a self-imposed 14-month exile by converting a late penalty.

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