Fiston Abdoul-Razak (7) before a past CECAFA Challenge match. He scored four goals past South Sudan last evening.
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Field day for former Sofapaka forward as Morocco, Egypt record key wins
By Fabian Odhiambo | Sat 17 Nov, 2018 12:15

Former Sofapaka forward Fiston Abdul-Razak scored four goals to help his side ease 5-2 past hosts South Sudan on Friday 16th, a Group C Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers (AFCON) match that now means South Sudan will head into the final match day 6 with not a single point.

Opener

Atak Luol gave South Sudan the lead in the tie in the 14th minute but Amissi Cedric cancelled it out three minutes later. With the scores level, the stage was now set for JS Kabylie man Razak as he sent the Swallows into the lead four minutes before the break.

Dominic Aboy, in the 71st minute, pulled the hosts back level at 2-2- and this seemed to have angered Razak who then did a ten minute hat-trick to stretch the tie out of South Sudan's reach.

The dominant win takes Burundi to top of Group C, just a point above second placed Mali and two above third place Gabon. The two- Gabon and Mali, face off at 6 pm today- Saturday 17th in Gabon. 

In other matches played on Friday, hosts Egypt held off a resilient Tunisia to win 3-2 and claim control of Group J. Naim Sliti drew first blood for the visitors in the 14th minute but Mahmoud Trezeguet ensured the tie went for the breather level at 1-1.

At the stroke of the hour, Baher El Mohamaddy sent Egypt into the lead. It lasted 12 minutes as Sliti came back for his brace soon after. The tie looked destined for a stalemate until Mohamed Salah showed up at the death to steal it all for the Pharaohs

The win means Egypt now sits top of Group J albeit on goal difference as Tunisia also have 12 points from 5 matches. Swaziland and Niger occupy 3rd and 4th spot in the group with just a point each. 

Ziyech

In Morocco, a Hakim Ziyech brace ensured the Atlas Lions reigned supreme over defending champions Cameroun. Ziyech, striking from the spot in the 54th minute after a barren first half, sealed the win in the 66th minute to help his side ascend to the top of Group B. Cameroun drop to second after the match day 5 loss, two points behind Morocco.

Malawi and The Comoros are the other two teams in the group. 

Fabian Odhiambo

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