FIFA World Cup Sudan secure vital win against Mauritania in Nouakchott

Kwesi Appiah Sudan

Sudan and Libya secured vital wins while Guinea Bissau settled for a goalless draw against Ethiopia in Thursday’s 2026 World Cup qualifiers for Africa.

The biggest result of the afternoon was in Group B where coach Kwesi Appiah’s Sudan claimed a convincing 2-0 victory over Mauritania in Nouakchott.

Saifeldin Bakhit opened the scoring for the visitors in the 15th minute, giving Sudan an early lead. Mauritania’s hopes of a comeback were dashed when Aly Abeid inadvertently scored an own goal in the 29th minute, doubling Sudan’s advantage.

The win propels Sudan to the top of Group B with seven points, three more than second-placed Senegal, who are set to host DR Congo in the group’s other game on Thursday.

Meanwhile, in Tripoli, Libya hosted Mauritius in a Group D encounter at the Martyrs of February Stadium.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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