Algeria, Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire were all able to celebrate wins as the third round of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ reached the halfway stage. There was joy too for Kenya, who rekindled their hopes of progress, while Morocco have now all but waved their chances farewell. rounds up Saturday's action from across the African continent.

Game of the day
Burkina Faso 2-3 Côte d'Ivoire
Goals: Jonathan Pitroipa 27, Aristide Bance 78 (Burkina Faso); Yaya Toure 13, Mamadou Tall 55 o.g., Didier Drogba 70 (Côte d'Ivoire)

Pitting Africa's two most potent attacking forces together in Group E was always likely to make for at least one spectacular encounter, and so it proved at the Stade du 4-Août in Ouagadougou. After 90 dramatic minutes, the 40,000 spectators in attendance had witnessed five goals, but unfortunately for the hosts it was Burkina Faso No1 Daouda Diakite who conceded the decisive effort with 20 minutes remaining. Victory took the Elephants clear of the pack in the section and extended their unbeaten away streak to four wins and four draws, with their last away reverse dating back to 4 July 2004. The return game in Abidjan on 5 September already looks destined to be a thriller.

Surprise of the day
Morocco 0-0 Togo

South Africa seems to disappear further over the horizon with every passing game for Morocco. The Atlas Lions dropped another two points by failing to overcome an enterprising Togo side at the Stade Moulay Abdellah in Rabat. Roger Lemerre's charges dominated the encounter and were even awarded a penalty, which Mounir El Hamdaoui failed to dispatch after 33 minutes. Having lost 2-1 to Gabon in their opening match, Morocco have now missed out on five points at home and find themselves trailing Gabon by four, with the Group A leaders also boasting a game in hand. For their part, the Sparrowhawks lie second, two points off the summit.

Player of the day
Matthew Amoah (GHA)

If Sudan now have practically zero chance of qualifying for next year's finals, that has much to do with the efforts of NAC Breda striker Amoah. On target in the 3-0 triumph over Lesotho and in this month's 2-0 win against Mali, he added to his tally with goals in the fifth and 52nd minutes on Saturday. Those strikes have left Ghana in excellent shape to reach their second consecutive FIFA World Cup finals, six points clear of their closest rivals in Group D ahead of Sunday's highly anticipated meeting between Mali and Benin.

The stat
48 - The number of months it had been since Algeria last registered a goal away from home in FIFA World Cup qualifying. That came in the 2-1 loss to Angola on 5 June 2005, but by prevailing 2-0 in Zambia, where the hosts had not succumbed in their last three matches, Les Fennecs (Desert Foxes) took a significant step towards advancing from Group C.

What they said
"It's been a very tough game. I thought that Nigeria would have attacked more but they finally decided to sit back and wait for us. We've been surprised... I have no regrets, at least we haven't lost. I'm quite confident for the next game in Abuja. Nigeria will have to take more risks and I know we can take benefit of that." Tunisia coach Humberto Coelho. 

Saturday's results
Zambia 0-2 Algeria
Kenya 2-1 Mozambique
Sudan 0-2 Ghana
Morocco 0-0 Togo
Burkina Faso 2-3 Côte d'Ivoire
Tunisia 0-0 Nigeria

Click on the link on the right for all the stats on the Africa Zone and the match reports on Saturday's games.