Togo wins 1-0, into next World Cup qualifier stage

BY foxsports • November 15, 2011

Togo advanced to the second round of African qualifying for the World Cup on Tuesday in Emmanuel Adebayor's return to international football.

Togo squeezed through after Serge Gakpe's second-minute goal gave it a 1-0 win home over Guinea-Bissau and a 2-1 aggregate victory. The match marked the end of Adebayor's nearly two-year international retirement following the deadly gun attack on Togo's team bus at the 2010 African Cup of Nations.

Congo, Republic of Congo, Kenya and Namibia all sailed through with dominant aggregate victories.

African Cup of Nations co-host Equatorial Guinea beat Madagascar, while Lesotho and Tanzania progressed on away goals as 10 teams joined Africa's big-names in the next round, a 40-team group stage.

Rwanda held off Eritrea and Mozambique cruised past Comoros with a 4-1 win.

Ethiopia or Somalia will be the final one of the continent's lowest-ranked teams to make it through to the main qualifying competition when they meet in Addis Ababa on Wednesday.

Liberia had already qualified after first-round opponent Mauritius withdrew. Five African teams will qualify from a two-year process for Brazil 2014.

Congo, one of two former World Cup teams alongside Togo appearing in the earliest round of qualifying, beat Swaziland 5-1 in Kinshasa for an 8-2 aggregate routing.

Tresor Mputu scored twice, adding to his goal in the first leg, and Alain Kaluyituka also added a double as Congo went through easily.

Republic of Congo had to come from behind for a 1-1 home draw with minnow Sao Tome e Principe but a 5-0 away win for the Congolese in Sao Tome last week had effectively decided their tie.

Former France and Cameroon coach Henri Michel's Equatorial Guinea led 1-0 away in Antananarivo and 3-0 on aggregate, then withstood a late fightback from Madagascar to hold on.

Lesotho scored in its 2-1 loss in Burundi to reach the second round on away goals. Even though Tanzania fell 1-0 at home to Chad, its 2-1 win on Friday in N'Djamena gave it an away-goals aggregate victory.

Rwanda won 3-1 over Eritrea in Kigali after being held to a 1-1 draw in the first leg. The Eritreans were only a goal behind heading into the last 20 minutes, but Jean Claude Iranzi and Labama Kamana scored within seven minutes to provide Rwanda with a comfortable cushion.

Auxerre forward Dennis Oliech netted Kenya's second in a 4-0 victory over visiting Seychelles in Nairobi to win 7-0 on aggregate.

Namibia was even more convincing as Lazarus Kaimbi hit two, the Namibians repeating their 4-0 win in the first leg to rout Djibouti - the lowest-ranked team in the qualifiers - 8-0 on aggregate.

Mozambique closed out a comfortable 5-1 aggregate win over Comoros.

share story