Home comforts for duo
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There were wins for Guinea and Mali over Malawi and Benin respectively on 21 June's two encounters in the third matchday of the final round of African Zone qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.

Now under the command of former Marseille and Liverpool forward Aboubacar ‘Titi' Camara, appointed on 9 June to replace French supremo Robert Nouzaret, Guinea picked up their first win in Group E after defeats in their opening two encounters. Against Malawi at Conakry's Stade du 28 septembre, the Syli National took charge thanks to first-half goals from under-fire captain Pascal Feindouno, thus rendering Chiukepo Msowoya's 89-minute reply for the visitors a mere consolation.

The victory takes Camara's new charges into third place, three points behind Burkina Faso who were beaten 3-2 at home yesterday by section leaders Côte d'Ivoire. Only the third round's group winners will qualify for South Africa 2010, but the top-three sides in each of the five groups earn a place at the CAF African Cup of Nations Angola 2010.

Later in the day came the Group D meeting between Mali and Benin in the Stade du 26 mars in the Malian city of Bamako. Despite going a goal down after 12 minutes through Seidath Tchomogo, the home side kept their composure to score three times via Modibo Maiga, Mamadou Diallo and Sevilla star Frederic Kanoute.

The three points take Les Aigles' tally to four, five behind runaway leaders Ghana, though Stephen Keshi's charges still have three matches with which to close the gap on the Black Stars.

The results
Guinea 2-1 Malawi
Mali 3-1 Benin

Click on the links on the right-hand side to find all the statistics from African Zone qualifying and the official match reports for Sunday 21 June's encounters.