The goalless draw in ZImbabwe was the first game to blame South Africa coach Hugo Broos
The two-time African champions of Ivory Coast experienced a goalless draw in Mozambique at the start of Group D qualification for the 2022 World Cup.
In the Mozambican capital Maputo there were few chances, as the guests found it difficult to defeat a resolute home team that on the other hand did not form much.
The 1996 African champions South Africa were also frustrated in neighboring Zimbabwe and had to be content with a goalless stalemate at the start of Group G.
Bafana Bafana, who came closest from a distance with a goal from Teboho Mokoena, failed to take advantage of the fact that Zimbabwe missed various players.
The game was the first for new South Africa coach Hugo Broos, who has been trying to lead his team to a first World Cup since 2002.
Granted, reaching Qatar might prove to be one step too far Broos hopes South Africa can do more when Ghana, the 2010 World Cup quarter-finalists, return to Johannesburg on Monday.
The Black Stars will receive Ethiopia in Cape Coast on Friday evening to return to the finals after previous appearances in 2006, 2010 and 2014.
Meanwhile, an Ivory Coast team wants to reach fourth World Cup hosts Cameroon in one of the opening rounds on Monday evening.
Only the winners of Africa’s ten qualifying groups will qualify for the play-offs next March, when the continent’s five finalists for next year’s World Cup are known.