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World Cup Qualifiers: Ugandan referee awards fastest penalty

David GOMBE 

Ugandan referee Mashood Ssali awarded one of the fastest penalties in football history during Tanzania’s 3-2 win over Madagascar on Tuesday in Dares Salaam.

Ssali pointed to the spot after just five seconds when a long ball from kickoff was chased by Tanzania’s Simon Mvusa, who was clumsily clattered into by Madagascar goalkeeper Melvin Adrien.

Erasto Edward Nyoni comfortably converted a minute later.

There is no official record for the fastest penalty awarded but Tanzania’s penalty could be the fastest to be awarded in football history.

In 2014, Montenegro got a spot kick after 10 seconds when they beat Ghana in a friendly international.

Tanzania doubled their advantage before the half hour mark through Novatus Dismas Miroshi but the visitors rallied back to make it 2-2 at the halftime breather thanks to Rakotomarimalala and Thomas Fontaine.

After the recess, Feisal Salum Abdallah secured maximum points for Tanzania who are currently top of Group J with four points ahead of second placed Benin on goals scored.

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