Ghana and Guinea go top

The Cape Verde Islands defeated Mauritius 3-1 to keep things tight at the top of Group 1. Dady scored on either side of half time and Marco Soares struck a third for the islanders in the 77th minute after Andy Sophie had pulled one back for Mauritius.

The Cape Verde Islands, with nine points, are just a point behind leaders Cameroon. Mauritius, meanwhile, are holding down the bottom with one point.

Ghana scored a goal in each half to take a 2-0 home win over Gabon. Prince Tagoe notched the first strike in the 30th minute and Sulley Muntari concluded the scoring in the 78th minute.

Ghana are now joint-leaders of Group 5, level with Libya on nine points and six clear of third-place Gabon, while Lesotho are last with zero points.

Congo picked up a 2-0 win over Chad at home in Brazzaville thanks to goals from Edson Dico Minga in the 13th minute and Franchel Ibara in the 67th minute.

In the other Group 10 match, Mali had little trouble at home on their way to a 3-0 win over Sudan. Frederic Kanoute found the net in the 25th minute, and Seydou Keita poured it on with strikes in the 60th minute and the 67th minute.

Mali hold the top spot in the group with nine points, followed by Congo with six, and Chad and Sudan each with three points.

Congo DR, meanwhile, strolled to an easy 5-1 home victory over Djibouti. Shabani Nonda scored a hat trick with Tsholola Tshinyama Tiko and Dieumerci Mbokani each adding a goal. Moussa Hirir scored the consolation goal for Djibouti in second-half injury time.

Egypt defeated Malawi 2-0 in the other match from Group 12. Emad Moteab led the way with goals in the 17th minute and the 51st minute. Congo DR and Egypt are now even with nine points, three ahead of Malawi, while Djibouti are bottom with zero points

Ethiopia had their way with Mauritania to the tune of a 6-1 victory at home in Addis Abeba. Teferra Fikru, Andualem Nigussie and Mohamed Mesud each scored twice for the hosts, with Taghiyoullah Denna scoring the consolation goal for the visitors in first-half injury time.

The win leaves Ethiopia with six points, within shouting distance of Group 8 joint-leaders Morocco and Rwanda, who are level on nine points. Mauritania are eliminated from any chance of advancement, having yet to earn a point with just two matches remaining.

Mozambique picked up their first Group 7 win with a 3-0 home thumping of Madagascar. Mozambique skipper Tico-Tico opened the scoring in the 23rd minute and the visitors remained competitive until Carlitos and Domingues scored second-half goals within two minutes of each other to eliminate any doubt.

In the day's other Group 7 match, Côte d'Ivoire emphatically vaulted themselves into sole possession of first place with a 4-0 drubbing of Botswana. Boubacar Sanogo and Didier Zokora each scored in the first half, and Sekou Cisse put an exclamation point on the affair with a second-half double.

With all the teams in the group having played four matches, Côte d'Ivoire have eight points, putting them three clear of Botswana. Mozambique and Madagascar follow with four and three points respectively.

Guinea got a hat trick from Ismael Bangoura on their way to a 4-0 hammering of Namibia. Pascal Feindouno scored in the 32nd minute, and Bangoura notched his in the 36th, 54th, and 58th minutes.

In the other Group 2 match, Zimbabwe and Kenya played out a rather uneventful 0-0 draw in Harare. The two results leave Guinea and Kenya level on seven points atop the group. Zimbabwe are two points back, and Namibia are fourth with three points.

In Group 3 Niger's woes continued with a 2-0 defeat in their visit to Benin. Jocelyn Ahoueya put the hosts ahead on the stroke of half-time, and the lead was doubled in the 55th minute thanks to an own goal by Karim Oumarou.

Benin now sit alone atop the group with nine points, while Niger remain at the bottom without any points. The other match from this group, between Angola and Uganda, features two teams level on six points and has been postponed until Monday afternoon.

More to come...

Latest results
Zimbabwe 0-0 Kenya
Mozambique 3-0 Madagascar
Ethiopia 6-1 Mauritania
Congo 2-0 Chad
Congo DR 5-1 Djibouti
Benin 2-0 Niger
Côte d'Ivoire 4-0 Botswana
Cape Verde Islands 3-1 Mauritius
Guinea 4-0 Namibia
Ghana 2-0 Gabon
Mali 3-0 Sudan

Today's fixtures
Egypt - Malawi