African Cup qualifiers: Algeria dominant, Egypt misses Salah

Defending champion Algeria launched its qualifying campaign for the 2021 African Cup of Nations by routing Zambia 5-0 on Thursday.

Egypt missed Mohamed Salah when it was held 1-1 at home by Kenya. Ghana beat South Africa 2-0.

There was a big upset in Togo when Comoros, the Indian Ocean island country of less than a million people, won 1-0 to be the surprise early leader in Egypt’s group.

The decisive final group stage of qualifying, which began Wednesday, will see 23 teams join host Cameroon at the African Cup finals in two years.

Four months after winning the 2019 title in Egypt, Algeria underlined its status as continental champion by overpowering another
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