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.
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.
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.
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...
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