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2018 CHAN: Ethiopia runs riot as fight for places intensifies
By Peter Wainaina | Mon 17 Jul, 2017 14:13

As Kenya prepares to host the 2018 Africa Nations Championships (CHAN), the second round stage of the qualifiers for the tournament took center stage on the weekend of Friday 14 - Sunday 16 July across the continent. 

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In the Central-East-Zone, South Sudan and Uganda played out a 0-0 draw at the Juba Stadium in Juba on Friday 14 July. Having beaten fellow East Africans Somalia in the previous round, South Sudan were buoyant heading into the home tie but found it rather tough against a well organised Ugandan side who had striker Derrick Nsibambi's goal ruled for offside in the early stages of the match. 

The Cranes were dominant from then on as they also had a penalty saved in the second half by South Sudan keeper Daniel Khemis and they will be hoping to at least hit the target when they host the return leg on Friday 21 July.

Ethiopia's day out 

Neighbors Ethiopia and Djibouti played out a one-sided match as The Walia Antelopes ran riot, smashing their hosts Djibouti 5-1 in a result that all but confirms Ethiopia's progress to the third round. Ethiopia scored four goals in the second half after finishing the first half leading 1-0. The second leg is slated for Friday 21 July in Ethiopia.

In Tanzania, the hosts and Rwanda played out a 1-1 draw while Burundi were handed a 3-0 walk-over at the expense of Sudan who were at the time serving a FIFA ban.

In the West Africa duels, Guinea-Bissau lost 1-3 at home to Guinea, Mali drew 0-0 away to Gambia while Sierra Leone played to a 1-1 home draw with Senegal.

In the Southern region, power house South Africa defeated Botswana 2-0 in Gaborone thanks to goals from Ryan Moon and Gift Motupa while Zambia also won, making light-work of Swaziland, with a 4-0 away win.

Weekend results

SOUTH SUDAN 0-0 UGANDA

COMOROS 2-0 LESOTHO

DJIBOUTI 1-5 ETHIOPIA

BURUNDI 3-0 SUDAN(DQ)

TANZANIA 1-1 RWANDA

BOTSWANA 0-2 SOUTH AFRICA

GUINEA-BISSAU 1-3 GUINEA

GAMBIA 0-0 MALI

SIERRA LEONE 1-1 SENEGAL

MAURITIUS 0-1 ANGOLA

MADAGASCAR 2-2 MOZAMBIQUE

SWAZILAND 0-4 ZAMBIA

NAMIBIA 1-0 ZIMBABWE

TOGO 1-1 BENIN

LIBERIA 0-2 MAURITANIA

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