Somalia gives Zimbabwe a run for their money in World cup qualifier
Zimbabwe national soccer team./Getty Images Photo

Zimbabwe national soccer team./Getty Images Photo

African football minnows Somalia were eliminated from 2022 World Cup qualifying Tuesday after a dramatic 3-1 loss to Zimbabwe in Harare.

Zimbabwe qualified for the second round 3-2 on aggregate thanks to a stoppage-time goal from star forward Khama Billiat, who plays for South African club Kaizer Chiefs.

Somalia, who have to play home matches in fellow east African country Djibouti because of an unstable security situation in Mogadishu, took a 1-0 lead into the first round second leg.

The victorious first leg team included Mohamud Ali, who combines playing sixth-tier football in England with working as a driving instructor in Manchester.

Somalia, the lowest ranked national team in Africa with Eritrea, had looked set to win a World Cup tie for the first time when they equalized in Harare with seven minutes remaining.

Source(s): AFP