History made as Somalia wins its first ever World Cup qualifying match against Zimbabwe

Somalia National Football Team. (Caf)
  • On Thursday, Somalia made history after it won its first ever World Cup qualifying match.
  • Somalia defeated Zimbabwe 1-0 in the first leg of their preliminary round of the African qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup 
  • Somalia is currently ranked 202nd (out of 211 countries) in the world.

After 19 unsuccessful attempts Somalia now has a fighting chance to play in the World Cup, 2022.

On Thursday, Somalia made history after it won its first ever World Cup qualifying match.

Somalia defeated Zimbabwe 1-0 in the first leg of their preliminary round of the African qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup at the El Hadj Hassan Gouled Stadium in Djibouti.

Zimbabwe will host the second leg of the fixture at the Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo on September 10.

Somalia is currently ranked 202nd (out of 211 countries) in the world while Zimbabwe is ranked 112th.

Long time coming

The country was winless in its previous 19 World Cup qualifying matches having drawn three games and lost eight.

The preliminary round of African qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup features 28 teams with the 14 winners advancing to join the continent’s 26 exempted teams in the group stage of the African qualifiers.

Thereafter, there will be 10 groups of four teams with the group winners being drawn to play against each other in a two-legged tie. The five winners will eventually advance to represent Africa at the World Cup set to be held in Qatar.

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