The day also saw Cameroon, Morocco, Burkina Faso and Senegal all win to consolidate their status as leaders in their respective groups. There were eight games on Saturday's card and FIFA.com is here to round up all the headline stories.
After missing out on Germany 2006, the Super Eagles are doubly determined to secure a place at South Africa 2010. To prove the point, the men in green have been in irresistible form in June, winning all four of their Group 4 games this month to make sure of top spot already and all without conceding a single goal. Forced to put together a somewhat makeshift outfit against Equatorial Guinea at the National Stadium in Abuja, Nigeria coach Shaibu Amodu still had the satisfaction of seeing his side make short work of their opponents. The first team to check into the third phase of the qualifying competition, the Nigerians now have the luxury of being able to take it easy in their final two games in September and October.
With less than two years to go before they host the FIFA World Cup™ finals, the South Africans are finding the going tough in phase two. The Bafana Bafana suffered a 2-0 defeat to the all-conquering Nigerians before posting a handsome 4-1 win over Equatorial Guinea two weekends ago. Then came last Saturday's 1-0 defeat away to Sierra Leone and today's stalemate against the same opponents, all of which leaves Joel Santana's side with plenty of work to do if they are to grab one of the eight best runners-up spots and thus keep their chances of reaching the 2010 CAF Africa Cup of Nations intact. Nothing less than two wins out of two in their final engagements will do for the Rainbow Nation.
Player of the day
Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon)
Seven days on from a dissatisfying 0-0 draw in Dar-es-Salaam, Cameroon had plenty of pressure on their shoulders when they entertained Tanzania in the return fixture at the Stade Omnisports Ahmadou-Ahidjo in Yaounde. The Indomitable Lions are fortunate, then, that they have a goalscorer of the caliber of Eto'o to call upon in times of need. The Barcelona man put his side ahead on 67 minutes and made sure of the points with an 89th-minute winner as the Cameroonians registered a 2-1 victory to tighten their grip on first place in Group 1. Eto'o is now joint second-highest scorer in the African preliminaries alongside Mali's Frederic Kanoute and Madagascar's Faneva Andriatsima on four goals, just one behind leading marksman Moumouni Dagano of Burkina Faso.
Zambia 1-0 Swaziland
South Africa 0-0 Sierra Leone
Cameroon 2-1 Tanzania
Nigeria 2-0 Equatorial Guinea
Morocco 2-0 Rwanda
Burkina Faso 4-1 Seychelles
Tunisia 2-1 Burundi
Senegal 3-1 Liberia
Click on the link on the right for all the stats on the Africa Zone and the match reports on Saturday's games.