Sliti plays as Tunisia go wild against Equatorial Guinea at 10


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Johannesburg (AFP) – Naim Sliti scored and created two more goals in Qatar’s World Cup qualifiers. Tunisia kicked off a four-match build-up this month by beating 10-man Equatorial Guinea 4-0 in 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on Thursday.

Sliti broke the Equatoguineans’ stubborn resistance in the 56th minute when, after two failed attempts by the visitors to clear a cross, the Saudi forward sent the ball into the net.

After Joan Elo was sent off following a second yellow card, a cross from Sliti put substitute Seifeddine Jaziri ahead of goalkeeper Jesus Owono in the 77th minute in Radès, in the suburbs of Tunis.

Another substitute, veteran Youssef Msakni, had a dramatic impact scoring with his feet in the 80th and 85th minutes, and a pass from Sliti created the first.

Next up for the Carthage Eagles is a visit to Botswana for another Nations Cup Group J game on Sunday after touring virtually the entire vast continent.

Tunisia then face an even longer trip to Japan for Kirin Cup matches against Chile on June 10 and Ghana or Japan four days later.

Those matches and two Nations Cup clashes in September with neighboring Libya, who beat Botswana 1-0 on Wednesday, will help prepare for a tough World Cup mission in November.

The six times qualified for the World Cup were drawn in Group D with defending champions France, Denmark and Australia, the United Arab Emirates or Peru, and will be the underdogs.

Tunisia proved good in qualifying for the global football showcase but mediocre competitors, winning just two of 15 group matches in five appearances.

Mozambique disappoints

In Johannesburg, Mozambique made a disappointing start to Group L, drawing 1-1 with visiting Rwanda in a game moved to the South African city as there is no international standard stadium in Maputo. .

Theoretically, it was the easiest match of the six matches Mozambicans Mambas (Snakes) will play and recently hired coach Chiquinho Conde showed his frustration at the final whistle.

Mozambique had twice as much ball as Rwanda, had more goal attempts and shots on target and passed with more precision, but lacked a clinical attacker.

Rwanda were playing their first competitive game under Spaniard Carlos Alos, whose coaching CV includes stints at clubs in Hong Kong, Poland, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Qatar and Cyprus.

East Africa Wasps took a surprise lead in the 65th minute when a lob from Blaise Nishimwe punished out-of-position keeper Hernani Siluane and landed in the net.

Shaken Mozambique equalized in two minutes thanks to a chilling header from Stanley Ratifo, who play in Germany’s fifth division.

Reigning champions Senegal host Benin in the same group on Saturday, with the home side set to play behind closed doors after crowd trouble in a recent World Cup play-off against Egypt.

There are four Nations Cup qualifiers on Friday with the Group H clash of Ivory Coast and Zambia in Yamoussoukro. This is a repeat of the 2012 final, surprisingly won by the Zambians.

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