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Pyramids draw with Azam away in the first leg of the Confederation Cup second preliminary round (Photo: the club s official Twitter account)

 

Egypt's Pyramids FC played out a 0-0 draw away to Tanzania's Azam in the first leg of the African Confederation Cup second preliminary round on Saturday.

Chances were at a premium in a dull affair, but Pyramids will still be favourites to advance when they host Azam in the second leg next week.

Both sides had some half-chances before Pyramids wasted the game's best opportunity just past the half-hour mark.

A cross from Ahmed Fathi eluded the defence and looked to be on its way to the net, only for defender Edward Manyama to clear it off the line.

Pyramids had to make two unscripted substitutions due to injuries.

Winger Eslam Eissa was replaced for Palestinian striker Mahmoud Wadi in the first half before the latter was also injured on 59 minutes, making way for Mohamed El-Gabbas.

Pyramids are making their third Confederation Cup appearance, having reached the final in 2020 and the semis last season. - Ahram Online

Photo Confederation of African Football

 

The return leg of the second round of the qualifiers for the U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2022 takes place across the African continent.

Below are the latest results:

South Africa 3-2 Mozambique

Asanda Hadebe's hat-trick (13 ’, 29’, 82 ’) was a big part of South Africa’s success over Mozambique in the second leg. Elsa Mulingandale’s brace for Mozambique side (17 ’, 40’) also gave the visitors a chance to believe until the end.

The South Africans finally won by an aggregate score of 4-2 thanks to a 1-0 victory in the first leg.

Namibia 0-2 Burundi

Burundi's Swallows remained effective in securing a second victory over their opponents from Namibia.

Divine Nihorimbire's brace (15 ’, 20’) at Dobsonville tadium in Johannesburg was enough for the visitors to bring their tally to 5-0 over both legs.

Namibia had to play their home game in South Africa in the absence of an approved stadium on their territory.

Uganda 3-1 Kenya

The step was too high for Kenya who suffered a big setback in the first leg losing 7-2. Going back, Uganda knew that the main job would be to maintain the previously gained advantage.

But it was Uganda who set the tone as Margaret Kunihira opened the scoring in the 15th minute. In a burst of pride, Kenya responded with Peris Oside six minutes later.

In the 38th minute, Hadijah Nandago gave the Crested Cranes the lead again, before Juliet Nalukenge scored Uganda's third goal late in the game.

Uganda advance with an aggregate 10-3.

Senegal 1 - 1 Mali

Senegal were held at the Lat-Dior stadium in Thiès by Mali, but still managed to advance thanks to their away success two weeks earlier.

Les Lioncelles prevail by an aggregate score of 5-3 and advance to the third round.

The others qualified are Nigeria, Ethiopia, Gabon and Ghana.

The rest of the program will take place on Saturday with Congo vs. Egypt or Cameroon vs. DR Congo among others. - Confederation of African Football

Uganda's Joseph Ochaya (L) fights for the ball with Kenya's Daniel Sakari (R) during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifying round Group E football match. Photo AFP

 

Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda will be looking for their first victories in the CAF 2022 World Cup Qualifiers on Thursday, with each side's eyes set firmly on bolstering their chances for progression.

The three East African nations are pooled together in Group E alongside Mali, sparking interest among fans who expect derby-esque games.

Mali currently tops Group E with four points from two games; a victory against Rwanda followed by a draw against Uganda.

Kenya is in second place with two points from two draws against Uganda and Rwanda.

Uganda has similar points as Kenya, but is yet to score a goal in the qualifying campaign so far, having managed goalless draws against Kenya and Mali.

Rwanda on the other hand has one point from two games, having lost their opening match against Mali.

Kenya's game against Mali will be the first under new coach Engin Firat, following the departure of Jacob Mulee last month.

The game will be played in Morocco because Mali does not have stadium approved by FIFA and CAF to host competitive international matches.

Speaking to Goal.com, Firat said his aim was to guide the East Africans to their first ever FIFA World Cup.

"I don't see any difficulty to handle the team, it is a simple job for me and the main reason why I am here is, of course, to help the team reach Qatar, I want to take the team to the World Cup and I know it is not a difficult task," he said.

Uganda, on the other hand, goes into the game against Rwanda with a new captain, after coach Milutin Sredojevic appointed midfielder Khalid Aucho to the role last week.

The Cranes are the best placed East African side on FIFA World Rankings, currently standing at 86. Group toppers Mali are the best ranked team from Group E, standing at 61. Kenya is on 102 while Rwanda is on 128. - CGTN

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