Djibouti spring upset as World Cup qualifying begins in Africa

  • Africa's qualifying competition for Qatar 2022 kicked off Wednesday

  • 16 teams embarked on their FIFA World Cup journeys

  • Mozambique, Djibouti among five sides off to winning starts

Africa's path to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ began in earnest on Wednesday as the first round of qualifiers got under way across the continent.

The day featured eight match-ups, and with all but one decided by no more than a goal, there was plenty of drama. Perhaps the biggest surprise were Djibouti, who knocked off Eswatini 2-1 in Ville de Djibouti thanks to substitute Hamza Idleh's match-winner in the 74th minute. Seated at 195th in the most recent FIFA/Coca-Cola Men's World Ranking, Julien Mette's charges exacted payback on their competition, who prevailed 8-1 during qualifiers for Russia 2018.

Meanwhile Namibia, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau and Liberia all put good feet forward by registering wins on the opening day, inching closer to second round berths.

Results:

  • 📽️ Burundi 1-1 Tanzania Highlights

  • 📽️ Ethiopia 0-0 Lesotho Highlights

  • 📽️ Eritrea 1-2 Namibia Highlights

  • 📽️ South Sudan 1-1 Equatorial Guinea Highlights

  • 📽️ Mauritius 0-1 Mozambique Highlights

  • 📽️ Djibouti 2-1 Eswatini Highlights

  • 📽️ Sao Tome e Principe 0-1 Guinea-Bissau Highlights

  • 📽️ Liberia 3-1 Sierra Leone Highlights

Watch LIVE on FIFA.com and YouTube

FIFA's digital platforms are giving fans a front row seat to CAF World Cup qualifiers with live streams of matches from Round 1, which run from 4-10 September. Matches will be available as live and with highlights. Keep up with the first round on FIFA.com and over at FIFA TV on YouTube.