FIFA World Cup qualifiers (Group E):
- Congo 1-5 Ghana
Ghana Black Stars are back into contention for a place at the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup after beating Congo Brazzaville 5-1 in a group E duel on Tuesday evening.
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Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey ran the show with a hat-trick as Richmond Boakye grabbed a brace in the match.
Inspired by the 1-1 stalemate away in the reverse fixture, Congo started like a house on fire, putting their visitors on the back foot.
Thievy Bifouma had a scoring opportunity just after the 10-minute mark, but the guests’ goalkeeper Richard Ofori stopped his shot.
Ayyet pulled a goal back for Congo that was only a consolation.
Ghana thus attained their first victory of the campaign, moving to 5 points but remained third.
Egypt, who later beat Uganda 1-0 in Alexanderia, returned to the summit of group E with 9 points.
It was Uganda’s first loss in the qualification campaign as the East African country remains on 7 points.
Congo sit bottom with one point.
Congo travels to Egypt and Uganda will entertain Ghana in Kampala early next month.
Only one country will qualify to the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia.