FIFA World Cup FIFA WCQ Round Up: Senegal Maintain Perfect Start As Djibouti Earn First Point

Senegal maintained their perfect start to 2026 World Cup qualification with a 1-0 victory away to Mauritania on Sunday, while Tunisia remained top of their group after a goalless draw away to Namibia.

Senegal and Tunisia were two of five African representatives at the previous World Cup finals in Qatar, and they are expected to qualify again for the tournament, which will be co-hosted by Canada, Mexico, and the US.

Habib Diallo scored in the 27th minute, heading home a long cross from Pape Matar Sarr, to lead Senegal to victory at Nouakchott, despite the absence of Sadio Mane and Nicolas Jackson due to injuries.

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The play was delayed for an extended period of time after frustrated home fans threw objects onto the pitch in the second half, causing proceedings to halt.

Senegal are one point ahead of Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the group standings.

Congo defeated Togo 1-0 in Kinshasa, with Meshack Elia’s sixth-minute goal proving crucial.

Tunisia was shocked by Namibia in the Africa Cup of Nations finals in January and came close to losing again in the encounter in Soweto, South Africa, due to Namibia’s lack of a proper home ground.

After 14 minutes, Namibia scored after Tunisia goalkeeper Bechir Said fumbled Deon Hotto’s free kick, which was shoved in by centre back Charles Hambira.

However, Mauritanian referee Dahane Beida ruled that the goalkeeper was fouled after spilling the ball, despite television replays indicating that there was minimal contact.

Tunisia leads Namibia by two points in Group H, with Liberia following in third place.

Liberia defeated Sao Tome and Principe 1-0 at Oudja, Morocco, thanks to a last-minute goal by Sheikh Sesay.

Sao Tome has lost all four of its qualifiers in Group H.

Djibouti earned their first point in Group A with a 1-1 draw against rivals Ethiopia.

On Monday, another eight qualifiers will be played across Africa.

The African preliminary round is divided into nine groups, with the winners moving on to the North American finals in 2026.

The four best runners-up will have the opportunity to advance through two rounds of playoff competition.


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