It was a busy night for African nations hoping to make the next round of World Cup qualifiers, with Chad and Comoros managing to do just that.
Chad and Comoros both earned away-goal victories on Tuesday to progress to the next round of 2018 World Cup qualifying.
Comoros are ranked 193rd in the latest Fifa World Rankings and managed a 1-1 draw in Lesotho and that was the same score on aggregate. Mohamed M’Changama’s 71st minute goal in Maseru was enough to earn the tiny island nation a tie against Ghana next month.
Chad lost 2-1 to Sierra Leone in the second leg of their tie but progressed thanks to that away goal. Leger Djimrangar gave Chad the lead in injury time at the end of the first half of the match, played in the Nigerian city of Port Harcourt because Sierra Leone are still not able to host matches due to the Ebola outbreak.
Liberia managed a convincing defeat of Guinea-Bissau to the score of 3-1. That made the score 4-2 on aggregate for Lone Star who will now play African champions Ivory Coast.
Niger easily beat visitors Somalia 4-0 to complete a 6-0 aggregate victory.
Mahamane Cisse and China-based Moussa Maazou both scoring twice to put their side through to face Cameroon.
Mauritania were also 4-0 winners on Tuesday to end South Sudan’s first ever World Cup campaign 5-1 on aggregate.
Botswana progressed to face Mali with a 5-1 aggregate win over Eritrea following a 2-1 victory in Francistown. Henok Goitom, who is the second highest scorer in the Swedish top flight for AIK, gave Eritrea hope with a goal after just six minutes. The Zebras then fought back to take the lead before half-time with goals from Mogakolodi Ngele and Joel Mogorosi. Ngele made sure of the victory with his second goal 10 minutes from time.
Madagascar held Central African Republic to a 2-2 draw to complete a 5-2 aggregate win.