Uncategorised FIFA WCQ: Botswana Defeat Somalia To Keep Hope Alive

Botswana maintained their dreams of competing in the 2026 World Cup alive with a hard-fought 3-1 victory over Somalia in Maputo on Monday, while Equatorial Guinea got their first win of the qualifications, defeating Malawi 1-0 in Malabo.

Botswana took the lead in the Group G match with an early header from Thabang Sesinyi, but Somalia refused to let up.

Sak Hassan scored from close range in the 74th minute to level the score for the underdogs.

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Botswana, on the other hand, demonstrated resilience by regaining the lead almost immediately, with Kabelo Seakanyeng coolly converting from the penalty spot.

Mosha Gaolaolwe then put the game beyond doubt with a precise finish, making it 3-1.

Botswana now sits second in the group with six points, while Somalia remains at the bottom, hunting for their first point.

In Group H, Equatorial Guinea and Malawi played a cagey game at Malabo, with chances limited.

The critical moment came in the 81st minute, when Iban Salvador capitalised on a loose ball in the box to score the winner for the hosts.

Malawi poured bodies forward in the dying minutes but couldn’t produce an equaliser, finishing fourth in the group with six points.

Equatorial Guinea’s first victory elevates them to fifth place, keeping their slim World Cup aspirations alive.

With a few matchdays remaining, both groups are still in a tight race. Botswana and Equatorial Guinea will be emboldened by their victories as they aim to surprise qualification for the 2026 showpiece in North America.

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