The Eagles of Mali are through to the play-off round of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers after beating 10-man Rwanda 2-0 in Kigali on Thursday.
Mali finished the day with 13 points amassed a four-point lead over second-placed Uganda Cranes, who they will face in their final match on Tuesday in Morocco.
Elsewhere in the group, Uganda was held to a 1-1 draw by third-placed Kenya in Kampala. Both nations are out of the race to qualify.
A Teboho Mokoena’s 26th-minute goal gave South Africa a precious 1-0 victory over Zimbabwe at the FNB Stadium. As a result, the Bafana Bafana inched closer to the play-off round, having secured 13 points three ahead of the Black Stars, who shared spoils with Ethiopia at the Orlando Stadium in South Africa on Thursday.
Andre Ayew’s first-half superb free-kick was cancelled out by Getaneh Kebede’s equaliser as Ethiopia came from behind to secure a point in African Qualifiers against Ghana in South Africa.
In Lome, substitute Habib Diallo cancelled out defender Pape Abou Cisse’s own goal in the second minute of added as they preserved their unbeaten run in the group phase with a 1-1 draw against Togo.
Senegal, who had already won Group H for the play-off stages in Africa, will face Congo Brazzaville in their last match on Sunday, while Togo will be away to Namibia.
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