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‘Burning Spear’ are too hot for Togo


Kenya’s Edgar Ochieng, right, challenges Guinea’s Mansare Fonde on Sunday, during their 2010 World Cup-African Nations Cup qualifying match in Nairobi.


World Cup giantkillers Togo got a taste of their own medicine on Sunday when crashing 2-1 to minnows Swaziland in a 2010 World Cup-African Nations Cup qualifier.

Siza Dlamini and Collen Salelwako scored in the second half as the “Burning Spear” proved too hot for the “Sparrowhawks,” a shock African representative at the World Cup in Germany two years ago.

It was only the second victory in 10 qualifying matches spanning 16 years for the southern Africa kingdom whose national team is ranked 44 on the continent, 31 places below Togo.

Adekamni Olufade got a late consolation goal for Togo.

Madagascar also made a mockery of the monthly FIFA rankings released last Wednesday by forcing a 0-0 home draw in Antananarivo against Ivory Coast, a team 34 places above them.

Ivory Coast lacked injured stars Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure, but a team containing English Premiership trio Kolo Toure, Didier Zokora and Abdoulaye Meite was expected to prove too strong for Madagascar.

The other Group 7 match also delivered an unexpected result as Botswana earned a 2-1 win in Mozambique.

Rwanda and Congo also collected maximum points. Olivier Karekezi was the Rwandan hero, scoring the late goal that brought a 2-1 Group 8 victory in Ethiopia and Wilfrid Endzanga snatched the only goal for Congo after 70 minutes of their Group 10 match with Sudan.

Benin triumphed 4-1 against Uganda in Cotonou, Angola, Cameroon and Ghana maintained 100 percent records with away wins over Niger (2-1), Mauritius (3-0) and Lesotho (3-2) respectively and Senegal drew 0-0 in Gambia.

Gilbert Mushangazhike scored twice as Zimbabwe won 2-0 against Namibia while a penalty earned Demcoratic Republic of Congo a 1-0 victory over Malawi in Kinshasa.

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