Big guns fire in Africa

If Saturday afternoon's qualifying results from Africa are anything to go by, it will be some time before the continental status quo starts changing.

South Africa and Morocco were the day's big winners, notching up four goals apiece against Equatorial Guniea and Mauritania respectively, while three other members of the local elite, Mali, Nigeria and Tunisia, all picked up satisfying wins on the road.

FIFA.com rounds up all the news from Africa as the battle for places at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ begins to take shape.

Game of the day
Mauritania 1-4 Morocco
Goals: Dominique Da Silva 82 pen (Mauritania); Tarik Sektioui 8, Abdessalam Benjelloun 36, Youssef Safri 59, Houssine Kharja 79

Morocco are a team on a mission. 3-0 victors at home to Ethiopia last weekend, the Atlas Lions made light work of Mauritania at the Stade Olympique in Nouakchott. Even though Rwanda have still to play Ethiopia on Sunday, the Moroccans have taken Group 8 by the scruff of the neck, racking up six points and a handsome goal difference of +6, the third best record of all the qualifying contenders.

Surprise of the day
Kenya 2-0 Guinea
Goals: Dennis Oliech 3, 50

Beaten 2-1 in Namibia seven days ago, Kenya jumped to the top of Group 2 on Saturday after a comfortable win over a lacklustre Guinea. Striker Dennis Oliech shone more brightly than anyone for the Harambee Stars, striking twice to send the 2008 CAF Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finalists packing. Robert Nouzaret's struggling outfit have collected just one point from their first two encounters and are already staring elimination in the face.

Player of the day
Joseph Yobo

Nigeria were just a minute away from dropping two surprise points away to Sierra Leone when the Everton defender appeared in the right place at just the right time to secure another valuable win. Having accrued maximum points from their opening two games, the Super Eagles are flying high at the top of Group 4, three points clear of South Africa and Equatorial Guinea.

Number crunching
4:
The number of away wins recorded in Saturday afternoon's seven qualifying games.

What they said
"We looked good down the flanks and played the ball around nicely. Overall I was pretty happy with the performance and it's a good result for the players, the team, the country, the press and even Santana (laughs). Hopefully the journalists will be nice to me for a few days." South Africa coach Joel Santana.

Saturday's results
South Africa 4-1 Equatorial Guinea
Cape Verde Islands 1-0 Tanzania
Kenya 2-0 Guinea
Chad 1-2 Mali
Sierra Leone 0-1 Nigeria
Seychelles 0-2 Tunisia
Mauritania 1-4 Morocco

Late games:
Burkina Faso 2-0 Burundi
Libya 1-0 Gabon

Click on the link on the right for the match reports from all Saturday's games.