There were no surprises in the day's three other games as wins for Zambia, Burkina Faso and Tunisia put them in control in their respective groups. FIFA.com rounds up Saturday's action in the Africa Zone.
The whole of Africa was waiting to see if Alain Giresse's side could repeat the form that earned them an impressive 2-1 win in Morocco in their group opener. Facing the Panthers at the Stade Omnisports President Omar Bongo in Libreville was a Togo team buoyed by a 1-0 defeat of Cameroon in their first game in Group A and spearheaded by Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor.
Bruno Ecuele Manga's early strike settled Gabonese nerves, however, and suggested that their coup in Casablanca was no fluke. Second-half goals from Meye and Brou confirmed that impression and underlined their superiority over the undisciplined Togolese, who had Thomas Dossevi sent off and Adebayor yellow-carded. The Gabonese now sit top of the section having taken six points out of six and extended their winning run at home in the qualifiers to six matches, all without conceding a goal. Giresse's men will be out to continue that hot streak when Cameroon visit Libreville in a fortnight's time.
When Group C kicked off two months ago with draws between Rwanda and Algeria and Egypt and Zambia, all the indications were that it would prove to be the tightest of the five African sections. Zambia's slender 1-0 defeat of the Rwandans could therefore prove vital in the months to come. Herve Renard's side refused to let their heads drop after a first-half penalty miss by Collins Mbesuma and were rewarded for their persistence when Kalaba scored a late winner, to the delight of the fans at the Stade Konkola in Chililabombwe. With Algeria taking on Egypt on Sunday, the Zambians lead the group on four points.
Player of the day
Moumouni Dagano (Burkina Faso)
This is not the first time that FIFA.com has paid tribute to the Burkinese striker and it will surely not be the last. Dagano, who plays for Al-Khor in the Qatari League, bagged his tenth goal of the qualification campaign on Saturday, extending his lead at the top of the Africa Zone scoring charts and helping his country move out front in Group E on six points. The former Sochaux striker has made a habit of scoring crucial second-half goals, with seven of his impressive qualifying haul having come between the 55th and 80th minutes.
19 - The number of goals Burkina Faso have scored in their eight qualifying matches so far, making them far and away the most lethal team in Africa with an average of 2.4 goals per game.
What they said
"I've been saying over and over that we need to play high-level friendlies if we're going to make progress but the only game we've had was against Rwanda last week. If we want to qualify, we mustn't leave anything to chance," Malawi coach Kinnah Phiri.
Click on the links on the right for all the stats on the Africa Zone and the match reports on Saturday's games.