The best teams on the continent made no mistake in winning on the first day of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers this Friday, November 17. Only the players from Burkina Faso were held in check by Guinea-Bissau.
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A few weeks before its CAN at home, Côte d’Ivoire did not do well by soundly beating the Seychelles (9-0). The nine goals were scored by Sébatien Haller, Ibrahim Sangare, Simon Adingra, Karim Konate for a double, Seko Fofana, Hamed Junior Traore twice and Jean-Philippe Krasso. The Ivorians will face Gambia next Monday.
Tunisia, present at the last World Cup in 2022 in Qatar, won against Sao Tome and Principe (4-0). The four Tunisian goals were scored by Yassine Meriah (37th), Youssef Msakni 53rd), Hamza Rafia (80th) and Firas Ben Larbi (88th). The Eagles of Carthage will have Malawi as their future opponent next Tuesday.
The Cameroonians, also present in Qatar, beat Mauritius (3-0). Bentford striker Bryan Mbeumo scored the first goal of this match at the end of the first period (45th + 2). Georges-Kevin N’Koudou doubled the lead at the end of the match (87th). Frank Magri hit the nail on the head in added time (92nd + 2).
If Mali also held its place against Chad (3-1), Burkina Faso was held in check by Guinea-Bissau (1-1).