17-year-old Farouk Miya bagged a brace to help Uganda trounce Togo 3-0 on Sunday and advance to the group stage of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ qualifying in Africa. Captain Geoffrey Massa scored the other goal in Kampala as Uganda qualified 4-0 on aggregate after matching their record home victory margin in a qualifier for the global football showpiece.
Zambia also advanced from the second knockout round with second half goals by Lubambo Musonda and Winston Kalengo delivering a 2-0 win over Sudan in Ndola. The Chipolopolo (Copper Bullets), among the strongest African national teams never to play at the World Cup, progressed 3-0 overall.
Uganda, buoyant after a historic first World Cup qualifying away win last Thursday, were ahead within five minutes at a packed, vibrant Nelson Mandela National Stadium. Burly Massa was given time and space to line up a shot from outside the area that goalkeeper N'Guissan Djehani should have saved, but he allowed the ball to creep into the corner of the net.
Miya, a regular scorer this year for the national under-23 team, struck twice in the final five minutes of the opening half as near-total Ugandan dominance was translated into goals. He finished off a counterattack in which Uganda outnumbered Togo by four players to two, then latched on to a headed pass across the goalmouth and scored again. The woodwork foiled the Ugandan Cranes of a fourth goal during the second half as the idea-less Togolese Sparrowhawks offered little resistance.
After a dreary opening half at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, Zambia went ahead just before the hour when Musonda pounced on a parried clearance by goalkeeper Akram El Hadi Salim to fire home. Kalengo, scorer of the winner in Sudan four days ago, doubled the second-leg lead with a run past a defender and an unstoppable shot.
Fiston Abdul Razak converted an 89th-minute penalty at Stade de Martyrs in Kinshasa to give Burundi a surprise draw against Congo DR, who advanced 5-4 overall thanks to a midweek away win.
Four-time World Cup qualifiers Morocco were grateful for the two-goal lead they took to Estadio de Bata, which gave them a 2-1 aggregate success after Equatoguinean Rui scored the lone return-match goal on 14 minutes.
Idrissa Sylla put the Guineans ahead two minutes before half-time at Stade Mohamed V and Naby Keita, scorer of the lone goal in Windhoek, claimed his second of the tie late in the second half.
The remaining 14 second legs are set for Tuesday. Five places have been reserved for Africa at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.