Niger edge closer, Uganda stumble

Niger moved within one victory of a first CAF Africa Cup of Nations appearance after defeating South Africa, while Uganda lost in Angola to squander a chance of qualifying.

Koffi Dankowa and Moussa Maazou scored for Niger before Andile Jali reduced arrears in a 2-1 Niamey triumph that took them top of Group G, while three points against Egypt in Cairo during October will ensure them of first place.

Uganda needed a draw in Angola to secure a return to the African showpiece after a 33-year absence, but conceded a pair of second-half goals to lose 2-0 in Luanda.

The Cranes remain Group J leaders, just one point ahead of Angola, and will secure a place among 16 teams in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea next January if they defeat bitter rivals Kenya in Kampala.

Manucho headed home an early second-half cross for Angola, while veteran striker Flavio added a second as persistent pressure created cracks in the Ugandan defence.

Yobo strikes for Nigeria
Defender Joseph Yobo struck late on for Nigeria before an Obinna Nsofor goal wrapped up a 2-0 victory over Madagascar in Group B.

Emmanuel Mayuka scored three minutes from full-time to secure a 2-1 win for Zambia on the Comoros Islands which took his country a point above Libya before an October match in Lusaka that will decide who wins Group C.

Morocco hit the crossbar and a post and had a goal disallowed during a 0-0 draw in the Central African Republic with the result lifting both teams on to eight points in Group D - three clear of Tanzania and Algeria.

Unbeaten Sudan joined 2010 Africa Cup of Nations runners-up Ghana at the Group I summit with a 1-0 victory in Congo Brazzaville courtesy of a Bakry Abdelgadir goal 13 minutes from full-time.

Zimbabwe kept alive slim hopes of winning Group A with a 3-0 home win over Liberia, while Faty Papy scored in the final minute to salvage a 1-1 draw for Burundi with visiting Benin.