Burkina Faso, Egypt and Guinea were all able to celebrate on Sunday after snatching first spot in their groups in the final wave of games in the African Zone's second qualifying round for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. The Stallions, Pharaohs and Syli National defeated Burundi, Djibouti and Kenya respectively to rise to the top at the last hurdle.
FIFA.com brings you the highlights from the five matches contested in Africa on Sunday.
Game of the day
Guinea 3-2 Kenya
Goals: Ismael Bangoura 32, Mamadou Bah 61, Kamil Zayatte 71 (Guinea); Francis Ouma 81, Kelvin Ochieng 90+3 (Kenya)
The streets of Conakry are sure to be filled with joy and revelry this evening after the Guinean national team emerged victorious at the Stade du 28 Septembre. The festivities ought to last long into the night too, after Robert Nouzaret's men came so close to spurning their hard-earned lead. Three goals to the good with 20 minutes remaining, the Syli National dropped their guard in the final stages, allowing Kenya to pull back two goals. A third would have kept the visitors at the Group 2 summit, meaning Pascal Feindouno and Co were given a real fright before they were able to raise their arms in delight and relief at the final whistle. Badly positioned in June after a draw and a reverse in their first two outings, the whole of Guinea can now take a deep breath.
Surprise of the day
Uganda 2-1 Benin
Goals: Geoffrey Massa 52, 57 (Uganda); Stephane Sessegnon 31 (Benin)
Despite having wrapped up qualification for his Benin team several weeks ago, coach Michel Dussuyer opted to take his strongest players to face Uganda on Sunday. Talented midfielder Stephane Sessegnon opened the scoring for the Squirrels with just over half an hour gone at the Nelson Mandela stadium in Kampala, underlining the dominance they have enjoyed in Group 3, but the tide of the match soon turned dramatically. Needing victory to stand any chance of finishing among the best second-placed sides, the Cranes were a different proposition after the restart and in the space of five minutes Geoffrey Massa managed to turn the game on its head. His double consigned Benin to their second loss in the second qualifying round, but they still finished top of the section ahead of Angola, who overcame Niger 3-1.
Player of the day
Moumouni Dagano (BFA)
Despite leaving Europe for Al-Khor in the less-vaunted Qatari championship at the start of the season, the Burkina Faso international remains a formidable centre-forward. He proved that time and again in the second qualifying round before emerging top scorer in the African Zone with seven strikes in six games. His two goals on the last day of action came at a crucial time for the Stallions, who found themselves tied 1-1 with Burundi until the 54th minute. Eventual 3-1 winners, they finished top of Group 9 ahead of Tunisia.
50 - The number of FIFA World Cup qualifiers contested by Kenya.
African Zone results
Uganda 2-1 Benin
Burundi 1-3 Burkina Faso
Angola 3-1 Niger
Guinea 3-2 Kenya
Egypt 4-0 Djibouti
Click on the link on the right for all the stats and match reports from Sunday's games in the African Zone.
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