August 14, 2017 – The two east African nations Ethiopia and Sudan played to a 1-1 draw in CHAN 2018 qualifier, which was held in Kenya. Saifeldeen scored for the Sudan first in the 76th minute and Abdurahman Mubarak leveled the score for Ethiopia seven minutes later. This was the Ethiopian’s first international goal. The Ethiopian team will play the return leg match in Sudan next week.
Elsewhere in Nouakchott, Mauritania were held to a 2-2 draw by visiting Mali, in a game which saw all four goals in the first half.
Mandala Konte put Mali up in the opening minute before Abdoulaye Gaye converted a penalty to level matters on nine minutes. Samba Moussa ensured Mauritania went up for the first time on the quarter-hour mark only for Aboubacar Diarra to draw even on 21 minutes.
‘Les Etalons’ of Burkina Faso came from behind twice to hold neighbours Ghana to a 2-2 draw in Ouagadougou. The Black Stars went up on 14 minutes courtesy Sadick Adams from the spot.
Mohamed Sylla levelled for the Burkinabes on 55 minutes but their joy was cut short ten minutes later, when Gideon Waja restored Ghana’s lead. Ilasse Sawadogo grabbed the equalizer six minutes from time setting the stage for crucial duel in the return leg on Sunday, 20 August 2017, in Kumasi.
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