Gambia successfully held onto a one-goal lead for over 70 minutes to defeat Algeria 1-0 and jump to the top of Group 6, with Tijan Jaiteh scoring the game's only goal from the penalty spot in the 19th minute.
Gambia are now on five points, one ahead of group favourites Senegal, who will have a chance to retake the top spot on Sunday when they face Liberia who sit bottom with one point. Algeria are left in third with three points.
Guinea secured their first win in Group 3 during their visit to Namibia. All the scoring came in the first half, with Pascal Feindouno hitting the winner on the stroke of half-time after team-mate Ismael Bangoura's 15th-minute goal was cancelled out by Rudolf Bester in the 41st minute.
Group 10 saw Chad take their first points after a 2-1 home win against Congo. Gervais Batota gave the visitors a first-half lead only to see Hillaire Kedigui and Armand Djerabe score on each side of half-time to win it for the hosts.
The two sides remain even on five points, followed by Madagascar with two and Mozambique with zero.
Rwanda ran out to a 3-1 win at home over Group 8 favourites Morocco, giving notice that their earlier victories in were no fluke. Labama Bokota gave the hosts the lead with a strike in the 80th minute and Olivier Karekezi sealed the result in the 90th minute after Youssef Safri's 58th-minute strike for Egypt had cancelled out the opening strike by Elias Ntaganda in the 14th minute.
It was the same scoreline for another central African side, as Uganda won 3-1 over Angola. Goals by Eugene Spuya, Timothy Batabaire and Dan Wagaluka put the game well out of reach by the time Mantorras scored a consolation goal for Angola in the 90th minute.
In Group 1 Cameroon suffered their first slip-up, as they were held to a 0-0 draw away to Tanzania, with Cameroon coach Otto Pfister making several attack-minded changes in the second half to no avail.
Earlier on Saturday, Malawi grabbed a 1-0 home win against Group 12 favourites Egypt. The result has the two sides and Congo DR all even on six points, with Malawi having the edge in goal difference and Djibouti holding down the bottom with zero points.
Burkina Faso, meanwhile, used a hat-trick by
Moumouni Dagano to take three points from their visit to
Seychelles. The 2-3 victory leaves Burkina's
Stallions at the top of Group 9 with maximum points from three
matches. Seychelles bring up the rear with no point, though they
can take some consolation for scoring twice after being held
scoreless in their previous two matches against Tunisia and
In Group 4 South Africa lost on the road to bottom side Sierra Leone 1-0. Mohammed Kallon scored from the spot in the 22nd minute as Bafana Bafana, hosts of the next finals in 2010, continue their struggles.
More to come.
Malawi 1-0 Egypt
Seychelles 2-3 Burkina Faso
Rwanda 3-1 Morocco
Tanzania 0-0 Cameroon
Kenya 2-0 Zimbabwe
Uganda 3-1 Angola
Namibia 1-2 Guinea
Botswana 1-1 Côte d'Ivoire
Niger 0-2 Benin
Gabon 2-0 Ghana
Chad 2-1 Congo
Sierra Leone 1-0 South Africa
Gambia 1-0 Algeria
Sudan 3-2 Mali