Cameroon stumble in busy day of qualifiers
Cameroon suffered a setback in their bid for a place in the 2012 African Nations Cup after they were held to a draw by the Democratic Republic of Congo today, but there were wins for Ivory Coast and Morocco on a busy day of qualifying.
There was also a stalemate in the big east African derby between Kenya and Uganda, while Senegal put seven goals past a hapless Mauritius.
The biggest upset undoubtedly came in Garoua, though, where the Indomitable Lions were expected to gain all three points at home to the Leopards.
Cameroon fell behind to a strike from West Ham defender Herita Ilunga after 37 minutes and had to rely on an own goal from Miala Nkulukutu 10 minutes after the break to rescue a point in a 1-1 draw.
The result means that Javier Clemente's team drop down to second in Group E, behind the Senegalese, who made light work of their match against the Mauritians.
Papiss Cisse scored in the eighth, 38th and 76th minutes to bag a hat-trick. Mamadou Niang scored goals in the first and second half to claim a brace and Moussa Sow (45th minute) and Demba Ba (90th minute) completed the rout in Dakar.
Busy day on the African continent
Kenya continue to prop up Group J after failing to beat regional rivals Uganda in Nairobi.
The match ended in a goalless draw meaning the Harambee Stars now face a tough task to reach the finals in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea after claiming just a point from their opening two games.
Kenya lost the first match 1-0 to Guinea-Bissau, who were themselves beaten today by the same scoreline against Angola - Gilberto's goal from the penalty spot proved the match winner for Angola.
Meanwhile, Mali claimed their first points in Group A with a 2-1 win against Liberia in Bamako. Abdou Traore put the hosts in front after two minutes. Theo Lewis equalised for the visitors after 43 minutes, but Dramane Traore restored the advantage early in the second half and the hosts held on for the win.
In in Mitsamiouli, Tiago Josemar scored in stoppage time to claim a 1-0 win over Comoros. The win moves Mozambique to the top of Group C, for the next 24 hours at least. The southern Africans are on four points, one more than Zambia, who are away to Libya tomorrow.
Mounir El Hamdaoui was the hero In Dar Es Saalam. the Ajax striker's goal shortly before half-time handed the Moroccans a 1-0 win over Tanzania and helped them gain their first victory of the campaign after a draw in their opening game.
Côte d'Ivoire, meanwhile, had to work hard to maintain their 100 per cent start to qualifying. Ndri Romaric (34) snatched the only goal of the match after 34 minutes to ensure victory over Burundi.
The win put the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ finalists top of Group H ahead of Benin, who overpowered Rwanda 3-0 in Kigali.
Group F has new leaders following Burkina Faso's 3-1 win over previous leaders Gambia in their opening game of the campaign.
Finally, Malawi climbed to second in Group K thanks to a crushing 6-2 win over Chad in Blantyre.
Chiukepo Msowoya and Essau Kanyenda both hit two apiece, with Jimmy Zakazaka and Robert Ng'ambi completing the scoring. Marius Mbaiam and Ezekiel Ndouassel responded for the visitorstoo little effect; Chad have now conceded 12 goals in their four qualifiers.