African teams shine in maiden FIFA Series friendlies


In the maiden FIFA Series showcasing international friendlies for African sides, Guinea emerged as the standout performers with a dominant 6-0 victory over Vanuatu in a match held in Saudi Arabia.

Guided by coach Kaba Diawara, Guinea displayed an impressive offensive display, leaving their opponents struggling to keep up.

Morlaye Silla and Mamadou Keita were instrumental in Guinea’s triumph, each scoring a brace, while Assmane Kamara and Kandet Diawara added to the tally, sealing a resounding win for the Syli Nationale.

The result not only underscores Guinea’s prowess on the pitch but also serves as a confidence booster as they gear up for future challenges.

Meanwhile, Cape Verde also tasted success in the FIFA Series, securing a narrow 1-0 victory against Guyana on Saudi soil. Ryan Mendes, a key player for Cape Verde, proved instrumental once again, netting the solitary goal.

Mendes, who played a pivotal role in Cape Verde’s journey to the quarter-finals in the recent TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, showcased his skill and composure to clinch the win for his side.

In another fixture, South Africa battled Andorra to a 1-1 draw at the 19 May 1955 Stadium in Annaba, Algeria.

Andorra seized an early lead with a goal from Ricard Fernandez Petrio in the 5th minute, but Bafana Bafana fought back, equalizing through Elias Sifiso Mokoena in the 25th minute.

The draw highlights the competitive nature of the encounter, with both teams exhibiting resilience throughout the match.

In a separate friendly, Ethiopia faced Lesotho, with Lesotho emerging victorious with a 2-1 scoreline. The result serves as a testament to Lesotho’s determination and skill, as they overcame their opponents to secure the win.

As the international break continues, African national teams will continue to participate in friendly matches, including fixtures in the ongoing FIFA Series.

These matches not only provide valuable match practice but also offer an opportunity for teams to fine-tune their strategies and build momentum for future competitions.


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