WCQ: Angola and Togo record positive starts
WCQ: Angola and Togo record positive starts
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WCQ: Angola and Togo record positive starts

Angola and Togo started their 2022 World Cup Qualifiers in the first round on a positive note in their first leg clashes away from home.

Angola emerged 1-0 winners over the Gambia with defender Wilson Gaspar scoring the all-important goal in a day that Togo drew 1-1 away to Comoros ahead of the second legs slated for Thursday.

Togo took a half-hour lead through Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba with Comoros debutant Ibroihim Djoudja snapping up a rebound after Togo goalkeeper Sabirou Bassa parried away a free-kick to give the Indian Ocean islanders an equalizer just after half-time.

The results put both Angola and Togo closer to a place in next year's 2022 World Cup group qualifying phase.

Suprise Qualifiers

Angola and Togo were surprise qualifiers for the 2006 finals in Germany but their current low rankings meant they had to take part in the first round of the African preliminaries for Qatar 2022 as part of the 28 bottom-ranked teams on the continent.

All those countries are involved in two-leg knockout ties to determine the 14 who advance to the group phase, where they will join the 26 top-ranked sides in the 40-team, 10-group second phase.

On Saturday, Malawi held out for a 0-0 draw away to Botswana in the first leg of their preliminary round tie.

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