Algeria thrashed 10-man Djibouti 8-0 in 2022 World Cup qualifying on Thursday with
Islam Slimani scoring four times on a landmark night for the Lyon striker.
His performance placed him joint the top of Algeria’s goal-scoring standings, putting
him level of 36 goals with Abdelhafid Tasfaout.
Ramy Bensebaini, Baghdad Bounedjah, Riyad Mahrez, and Ramiz Zerrouki were also
on the score-sheet as the African champions extended their unbeaten run to 28
Algeria’s task in Blida was made easier when Batio Mohamed Youssouf was sent off
for the visitors midway through the first half.
The victory puts Algeria top of Group A – above Burkina Faso who beat Niger 2-0
thanks to goals from Lassina Traore and Mohamed Konate.
They had to play the tie in Marrakesh because Niger had their home ground declared
unsuitable for international football by the Confederation of African Football.
Burkina Faso also suffered the same punishment and will also host Algeria on
Tuesday in Marrakesh.
East African rivals Kenya and Uganda drew 0-0 in Nairobi on Thursday in a Group E
match where chances were hard to come by.
The derby marked a return to the Cranes for Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic who was re-
appointed as Uganda coach in July.
Mali is the early leader in the group after their 1-0 win over Rwanda a day earlier.