Lesotho advances in qualifying soccer tournament

By Admin Wednesday June 04 2014 in Sports
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Lesotho rebounded from a 1-0 first leg loss in Monrovia to shut out Liberia 2-0 and advance on goal aggregate to the second round of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying soccer tournament.


Two first half goals from Mabuti Potloane and Sekou Oliseh were enough to send the landlocked country to its first Nations Cup victory in seven years.


Lesotho, which has never appeared in a final, will face Kenya in the next round. The Kenyans drew 1-1 with the Comoros Islands to advance 2-1 on goal aggregate.


Tanzania, meanwhile, drew 2-2 with Zimbabwe to progress by a 3-2 goal aggregate. They will meet Mozambique – which drew 0-0 with South Sudan at home after an imposing 5-0 first leg victory – in the next round.


Botswana kept its hopes alive of reaching its second finals with a 1-0 victory over Burundi at home. Joel Mogorosi, who was a member of the Botswana squad that made its first Nations Cup qualification two years ago, recorded the game’s only goal.


Botswana will tangle in the second round with Guinea Bissau, who overwhelmed the Central African Republic 3-1.


With Frenchman Claude LeRoy at the helm as coach, Congo scored an impressive 3-0 victory over Namibia and will now oppose Rwanda. Winner of the 1972 Nations Cup, the Congo has qualified for just one final in the last two decades.


The Rwandans shocked Libya 3-0 to move on to the next round.


Benin booked a second-round meeting with Malawi after posting a 2-0 win over Sao Tome at home to advance by a 4-0 aggregate while Equatorial Guinea moved on with a 3-0 home victory against Mauritania.


Equatorial Guinea, the 2012 Nations Cup co-hosts, will clash with Uganda which defeated Madagascar 1-0.


After the second round of qualifiers ends in August, the third and final group stage, which features 28 teams vying for 15 places, will kick off in September. Host country Morocco automatically qualifies for the final.


The 2015 Africa Cup of Nations starts on January 17 with the final taking place on February 8.


Three-time winner Nigeria is the defending champion.

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