Away teams were on song in the CAF qualifying competition for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ as six of the ten matches on Friday ended with wins for the travelling side, while only Equatorial Guinea and Lesotho managed to win at home.
Swazi coach Caleb Ngwenya, who said before the game that Congo DR could prove be too strong for his side, picked a young team in order to give them experience on the big stage. But the visiting Leopards made good use of their dominance in the first half as Kaluyituka and Mputu gave them a two-goal lead. However, Sihlangu came out of the changing rooms a different side and took the game to their opponents. They were rewarded in the 65th minute when substitute Darren Christie took on a couple of defenders and unleashed a powerful shot that crashed against the crossbar. Shongwe, who had come on just five minutes earlier, scored from the rebound. Any hopes the local fans in the Somhlolo National Stadium had of a dramatic comeback were quashed though just eight minutes later as Bokese scored from a corner.
South Africa-based Rudolf Bester was the first player to get his name on the scoresheet in the CAF qualifying campaign as he opened the scoring for Namibia early in the first half in Djibouti. The Brave Warriors added three goals in the second half to give his side a comfortable 4-0 victory.
In the Stade Said Mohamed Cheikh in Mitsamiouli, defender Miro gave his Mozambique side a 1-0 victory on the Comoros, while Eritrea was one of the few home sides that managed to avoid defeat as they secured a morale-boosting 1-1 draw against Rwanda. In the Seychelles, Kenya proved too strong for the hosts as Pascal Ochieng, Kevin Kimani and Dennis Oliech scored the goals to give the Harambee Stars control of the tie. In N'Djamena, Bakari Hamadi scored with ten minutes to go to give Tanzania's Taifa Stars a hard-fought 2-1 victory against Chad, while 2012 CAF Africa Cup of Nations co-hosts Equatorial Guinea won thanks to two penalty goals from Juvenal in a 2-0 victory against Madagascar.
Congo secured the biggest win of the day with a 5-0 victory at Sao Tome e Principe, who ended the game with just ten players after Kilson Ceita was sent off. Christopher Missilou and Ladislas Douniama gave the visitors a two-goal cushion after just eight minutes. Francis Malonga scored another ahead of the break before Prince Oniangue and Harris Tchilimbou added two after the break.
Player of the day
Brian Mandela (KEN)
With a surname like Mandela, defender Brian Mandela has a lot to live up to. The towering Tusker FC defender has already caught the eye in domestic football and on Kenyan youth sides, but he was given a chance by coach Francis Kimanzi to star for the Harambee Stars in their away game on the Seychelles. And his rock solid display at the back helped Kenya control the match en route to a 3-0 victory, which sets them up well for Tuesday's game in Nairobi.
2 - The number of home teams that managed to open their qualifying campaign with a victory. Two other teams playing in front of their own supporters secured a draw, while in six matches the away teams won to gain a massive upper hand ahead of the return leg.
What they said
"We played well in the first half. My players were tactically disciplined, and it showed as we were able to score the two goals. We lost our shape a bit in the second half, and the Swazi team, obviously with a lot of home support, came strong at us and as a result they scored their goal. But I am happy with the fighting spirit displayed by my team today." Congo DR coach Claude Le Roy after seeing his side beat Swaziland 3-1.
Friday 11 November
Comoros 0-1 Mozambique
Djibouti 0-4 Namibia
Eritrea 1-1 Rwanda
Seychelles 0-3 Kenya
Swaziland 1-3 DR Congo
Chad 1-2 Tanzania
Equatorial Guinea 2-0 Madagascar
Sao Tome e Principe 0-5 Congo
Guinea-Bissau 1-1 Togo
Lesotho 1-0 Burundi
Saturday 12 November