World Cup Q: Somalia's dream extinguished by Zimbabwe as Djibouti secure group stages berth
World Cup Q: Somalia's dream extinguished by Zimbabwe as Djibouti secure group stages berth
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World Cup Q: Somalia's dream extinguished by Zimbabwe as Djibouti secure group stages berth

Khama Billiat's last gasp goal saw Somalia crush out of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers following a 3-1 loss to Zimbabwe while Djibouti made it to the group stages of the qualifiers after a 2-1 aggregate scoreline against Eswatini.

Somalia made history when they beat Zimbabwe 1-0 in the first leg, winning their first match in almost 10 years since beating Tanzania back in 2009. The Ocean Stars put a spirited fight in the return lef but their defense was finally breached in the 77th minute when Nyasha Munetsi opened the scoring.

Somalia equalized in the 85th minute through Omar Abdullah Mohamed but a goal from Admiral Muskwe and the 92nd strike from Billiat ensured Zimbabwe sailed through. 

After a 2-1 win at home, Djibouti made it to the group stages of the World Cup qualifiers after registering a barren draw away to Eswatini.  

The winners of the First Round will join the 26 highest-ranked sides in a 40-team, 10-group pool phase that will be played over 18 months. The group winners will then be drawn into five playoff ties over two legs with the victors qualifying for the World Cup. The first leg is hosted by the lower-ranked country.

Africa World Cup - Qualification - First stage

Malawi 1-0 Botswana

Eswatini 0-0 Djibouti

Zimbabwe 3-1 Somalia

Mozambique 2-0 Mauritius

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