Berlin, Nov. 10, (GNA/dpa) - Senegal will
compete at the World Cup finals for just the second time ever in 2018 after
winning 2-0 away to South Africa on Friday.
Diafra Sakho opened the scoring and an own goal from Thamsanqa Mkhize put Senegal on course to victory before half-time in Polokwane. They have won qualifying Group D with a game to spare, ending the chances of South Africa before the teams meet again to conclude qualifying in Senegal on Tuesday.
This match was a replay of a 2016 fixture, won 2-1 by South Africa, which world football governing body FIFA annulled after finding Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey guilty of match manipulation.
The win takes Senegal to 11 points with Burkina Faso and Cape Verde both on six and South Africa last on four.
Senegal made a sensational World Cup debut in 2002 by defeating holders France and going on to reach the quarter-finals.
But they had not reached the finals again before booking their tickets to Russia next year.
On Saturday Tunisia can qualify from Group A with a home draw against Libya and Group C leaders Morocco need to avoid defeat in an all-or-nothing trip to the Ivory Coast.
Group E concludes with dead rubbers on Sunday as qualified Egypt head to Ghana.