A 2-1 defeat of Cape Verde Islands gave Cameroon the points they needed to advance to the next round of qualifying for 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. In the day's other big games, Burkina Faso and Tunisia cancelled each other out in a goalless stalemate, while South Africa bade farewell to their hopes of a place at the next CAF Africa Cup of Nations after going down 1-0 at home to Nigeria. Here with the lowdown on all Saturday's big games in the CAF Zone is FIFA.com.
Otto Pfister's Indomitable Lions travelled to the Estadio da Varzea de Praia in the knowledge that victory would give them an unassailable lead in Group 1. The islanders, however, were in no mood to make things easy for the Africa Cup of Nations Ghana 2008 runners-up. A goal down at the break, Rigobert Song and his cohorts could have been forgiven for fearing the worst. But Emana and N'Kong turned the game around after the break as the Cameroonians secured a win that sees them into the hat for the third and final qualification phase. The Cape Verdeans can keep their hopes of joining them alive if they beat Tanzania next month.
Sierra Leone belied their lowly position of 145th on September's FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking by pulling off one of the biggest shocks of the second phase. With two wins out of their five games, the Leone Stars have now leapfrogged South Africa into second in Group 4. Having lost to Nigeria, the hosts of the forthcoming FIFA World Cup finals can now say goodbye to their chances of reaching the African finals in 2010, while the Sierra Leone will be out to defeat the already-qualified Super Eagles to stay in the hunt for a place in the next round.
Player of the day
Njogu Demba (GAM)
The midfield man, who plays his club football for Norway's Brann, got Gambia's qualification bid back on track with a double against Liberia. A point from their next match away to Senegal in a month's time could be enough to take the Scorpions through.
1 - The number of wins Tanzania have picked up so far in the second phase. In running out 4-1 winners in Mauritius, coach Marcio Maximo's side earned three points for the first time in Group 1 and tripled their goal tally.
Matchday 5 results
Saturday 6 September
Mauritius 1-4 Tanzania
Seychelles 1-2 Burundi
Kenya 1-0 Namibia
South Africa 0-1 Nigeria
Sierra Leone 2-1 Equatorial Guinea
Gambia 3-0 Liberia
Mauritania 0-0 Rwanda
Cape Verde Islands 1-2 Cameroon
Burkina Faso 0-0 Tunisia
Sudan 1-2 Chad
Friday 5 September
Algeria 3-2 Senegal
Djibouti 0-3 Malawi
Libya 1-0 Ghana
The Ethiopia-Morocco match was postponed. Click on the link on the right for all the stats on the Africa Zone and the match reports on Saturday's games.