2021 AFCONQ: Ivory Coast shocked by Ethiopia as Khama Billiat stars for Zimbabwe

2021 AFCONQ: Ivory Coast shocked by Ethiopia as Khama Billiat stars for Zimbabwe

Africa giants Ivory Coast fell to a shocking 2-1 defeat at the hands of Ethiopia in one of the 2021 African Cup of Nations Qualifiers played on Tuesday.

Tottenham Hotspurs defender Serge Aurier had given Ivory Coast a fourth-minute lead but the Ethiopians drew level 12 minutes later as a freekick from just outside the area from Surafel Dagnachew deflected off the head of an Ivorian in the wall to leave Sylvain Gbohouo wrong-footed as the ball went into the net.

The hosts took the lead on 26 minutes as Shemeles Bekele picked up the ball midway in the Ivorian half, as referee waved away claims of handball, he raced into the area and his shot found its way through Gboouhou and into the net.

In the day's other Group K game Madagascar made it two wins from two with a crushing 6-2 win over hosts Niger.

Billiat Brace

In another match, Khama Biliat scored a brace as Zimbabwe earned a 2-1 away win against neighbors Zambia.

The visitors took the lead on 11 minutes when Billiat leapt to head the ball across the goal and into the top corner but Patson Daka equalized nine minutes later.

Zimbabwe's winner came in the 79th minute as two Zambian defenders tried to tackle Knowlege Musona, who passed the ball before they arrived which allowed Billiat to score an easy winner.

The result puts Zimbabwe on four points two behind Algeria, with Botswana third on one point and Zambia bottom without a point.

The top two sides in 11 of the 12 groups will all advance to the 2021 finals in Cameroon.

Tuesday Results

  • Burundi 0-3 Morocco (Group E)
  • Mauritania 2-0 CAR (Group E)
  • Zambia 1-2 Zimbabwe (Group H)
  • Equatorial Guinea 0-1 Tunisia (Group J)
  • Libya 2-1 Tanzania (Group J)
  • Ethiopia 2-1 Ivory Coast (Group K)
  • Niger 2-6 Madagascar (Group K)