MANCHESTER City hotshot Riyad Mahrez scored a brilliant goal for Algeria against Zimbabwe Monday afternoon – and it was assisted by West Ham summer signing Said Benrahma.
The match ended 2 – 2. Zimbabwe captain Knowledge Musona and Prince Dube scored as the Warriors mustered the turnaround to revive their hopes of qualification.
The result sees Algeria move to 10 points while Zimbabwe remain second with five with two rounds of matches remaining. The other group match saw Botswana beat Zambia 1-0, a result that will leave a tight ending for the single remaining slot from Group H.
While African Cup of Nations qualifying rounds are not exactly renowned for the quality on display across the board, there are a few gems in the midst of it all, Algeria possessing a few of them.
Just days after scoring another brilliant goal against the same opponents, Mahrez somehow went one better after he showcased his skills to put Algeria 2-0 up in their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Monday.
Mahrez and Benrahma, of Manchester City and West Ham respectively, demonstrated how they’re a cut above their opponents by combining for a superb goal for Algeria this afternoon.
Benrahma played an inch-perfect switch of play in the direction of Mahrez, who controlled it with his heel before turning the Zimbabwe defence inside-out and finding the finish.
His sublime effort left fans in complete awe who took to social media to praise him for his strike.
The Confederation of African Football’s official Twitter account tweeted: ‘Ladies and gentlemen .. Riyad Karim Mahrez. Exquisite. Elegant. Magnificent.’
Watch Mahrez goal below:
Meanwhile in Francistown, Mosha Gaolaolwe scored the solo goal as Botswana beat Zambia by a solitary goal to pick their first win of the qualifiers and move to third in Group H. Gaolaolwe scored in the sixth minute, a lead that The Zebras jealously guarded to revive their hopes of qualification.
The three points picked at home after one draw and two losses sees them go to four points, one behind second placed Zimbabwe with two rounds of matches left.
They will welcome Zimbabwe at home before flying out to Algeria for their final two qualifiers and the result against Zimbabwe is now billed as a final.
Zambia have dropped bottom with three points and their final two matches at home against Algeria and away to Botswana will determine their fate.