|Group C of 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying:|
|As it stands after five matches:|
|Mali – 13 points (Q)|
|Benin – 11 points|
|South Sudan – 3 points (eliminated)|
|Eq Guinea – 1 point (eliminated)|
Benin beat Equatorial Guinea to keep Nations Cup hopes alive
June 12, 2016
Benin beat Equatorial Guinea 2-1 in Cotonou in their delayed Africa Cup of Nations Group C qualifier to boost their hopes of progressing to Gabon 2017.
The fixture had to be postponed for a week whilst Benin’s Football Federation held elections, in a bid to have their Fifa ban overturned.
The result moves Benin to within two points of Group C leaders Mali who they will play in the final round of qualifying in September.
Mali have already qualified for Gabon. They have 13 points which means they will definitely advance as at least one of the best two runners-up if not group winners.
After an eventful week off the pitch, Benin started best on it, taking a 25th minute lead against Equatorial Guinea through defender Khaled Adenon.
The Squirrels held the advantage through to half-time, but the visitors struck back on 59 minutes, when Ivan Essono hit an equaliser.
The teams were only level for one minute, with Benin regaining the lead with a 60th minute goal from midfielder David Djigla.
Equatorial Guinea were further hampered by the sending-off of Edu four minutes later.
Mali will host Benin in their final qualifier in September.
The thirteen group winners will advance to the 2017 Nations Cup finals along with the best two runners-up and the hosts Gabon.
Nkemnji Global Tech
Pan African Visions | June 23, 2021 2:36 am
Pan African Visions | June 23, 2021 12:24 am
Pan African Visions | June 22, 2021 9:53 pm
June 23, 2021 2:36 am
Africa should produce vaccines on the continent, African Development Bank Group head says on eve of the group’s 2021 Annual Meetings.
June 23, 2021 2:16 am
June 23, 2021 12:24 am
Merck Foundation calls for action together with 13 African First Ladies and 27 Ministers to Build Healthcare Capacity, Break the Infertility Stigma and Support Girl Education at their annual conference.
June 22, 2021 11:44 pm
AMEA Power launches 50MW Solar Power Plant in Togo – the country’s first utility-scale renewable energy project developed by an Independent Power Producer.
June 22, 2021 10:17 pm