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AFCON 2017 Qualifiers Roundup: Wins For Tunisia, Morocco, Swaziland
Tunisia 8-1 Djibouti
Yassine Chikhaoui’s early hat-trick set the Carthage Eagles to a cruising start in group A. He opened his account with a penalty after nine minutes and completed his treble after just 25 minutes. Ferjani Sassi scored one more before the break to end the game as a contest.
Minnows Djibouti pulled a goal from the penalty spot through Liban but Tunisia responded with ruthlessness; scoring another four through, Tunisian Ligue 1 topscorer, Saber Khalifa, Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, Hannanchi and Touzghar.
Togo and Liberia, the other teams in the group, meet on 14th June.
Morocco 1-0 Libya
Morocco dominated the entire game but only manage to score one goal in the all-North African showdown in Agadir.
El Kadouri scored the crucial goal at the 50th minute mark in Morocco’s first official match in almost two years. Hachim Mastour confirmed his allegiance for the Atlas Lions senior team in this fixture.
Cape Verde and Sao Tome and Principe are the other sides in this group.
Guinea 1-2 Swaziland
Guinea, playing their home matches in neutral venues due to the Ebola situation, got stunned in their group L opener by underdogs Swaziland.
Swaziland took the lead in the 18th minute and it took until the 68th minute for Guniea to equalise.
Thulani Tsabedze scored in the 84th minute beating slotting past goalkeeper Kamano to give Swaziland the vital three points.
The group is completed by Malawi and Zimbabwe, the latter having had issues prior to the game over unpaid bonuses.