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2022 World Cup: South Africa beat Ethiopia, Guinea draw with Sudan

South Africa's midfielder Teboho Mokoena
Teboho Mokoena featured for South Africa at the Tokyo Olympics earlier this year

South Africa strengthened their position at the top of Group G in African World Cup qualifying with a 3-1 win in Ethiopia.

Fasil Gebremikael spilled Teboho Mokoena’s free-kick in first-half stoppage time to give Bafana Bafana the lead at the break in Bahir Dar.

Getaneh Kebede equalised for the hosts midway through the second period with a fine free-kick but Mothobi Mvala restored South Africa’s lead from a long throw with 19 minutes remaining.

Evidence Makgopa lobbed the keeper to make the game safe for the visitors in the 91st minute after coming off the bench.

Hugo Broos’ side, who failed to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations, top the group with seven points.

Ghana, who have three points from their two games in Group G, host Zimbabwe later on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Guinea’s hopes of progressing to next March’s play-offs took another blow as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Sudan.

In a match played in Agadir, Morocco, following the coup in Guinea last month, Jose Kante put Syli National ahead three minutes into the second half.

Substitute Ahmed Hamid equalised for the Sudanese on 64 mins but Guinea restored their lead three minutes later through Mohamed Bayo.

Defender Amir Kamal then netted a second equaliser for Sudan with two minutes left to leave Guinea with three points in Group I, three points behind leaders Morocco.

The Atlas Lions face Guinea-Bissau, who they beat 5-0 on Wednesday, at 19:00 GMT in Casablanca.

There are also two matches in Group H on Saturday, as Togo host Congo and Senegal look to keep up their perfect start when they welcome Namibia.


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