Sweden-based stars shine in World Cup qualifiers

Alhaji Kamara's two goals were not enough to see Sierra Leone through Photo: svenskfotboll.se/TT

Alhaji Kamara’s two goals were not enough to see Sierra Leone through
Photo: svenskfotboll.se/TT

A number of African footballers plying their trade in the Swedish premiership were in action on Tuesday in the second leg matches of the first rounds of the African qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup with some of them hitting the net.

Sierra Leonean striker Alhaji kamara, who plays for league leaders IFK Norrkoping, scored twice in nine minutes in a 2-1 win against Chad but that was not enough to take the Leone Stars to the next stage as Chad advanced on the away goal rule after the first leg ended goalless.

The match was played in Port Harcourt, Nigeria because no international matches are being played in Sierra Leone now because of the Ebola epidemic.

Henok Goitom of title hopefuls AIK struck early in the 6th minute as Eritrea succumbed away to Botswana 3-1 to bow out of the competition 5-1 on aggregate. This was Goitom, who is currently the 2nd highest scorer in Sweden’s top football league, first goal for his country after being given the all clear to feature for the East African nation following stints with Sweden at the junior level.

Gambia could not hold on to IFK Sundsvall’s Pa Amat Dibba goal in the 10 minute, eventually losing 2-1 to Namibia. The Namibians are in the next round following a 1-all draw in the first leg.

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