At the end of two rounds of group stage action in Africa’s qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, only two teams - Egypt and Tunisia - are sitting on a maximum six points. But while Egypt, who scored a late winner on Sunday, can look forward to the next matchday with some optimism, there will be concern in Cameroon, who were stunned by Libya, as only the group winners advance to the final round.
Match of the day
Libya 2-1 Cameroon*
Goals: Ahmed Zouay (8), Hamad Ahniash (90+3); Eric Choupo Moting (16)*
In a match played in the Tunisian city of Sfax due to security concerns in Libya, the North Africans stunned the Indomitable Lions with a late goal scored by Ahniash. The game had originally been scheduled to take place behind closed doors, but this was then changed allowing 5,000 fans to watch. Zouay gave the Libyans an early start, which German-based Choupa Moting equalised for the six-time FIFA World Cup finalists. As the match was heading towards a draw, substitute Ahniash, who was thrown into the deep end with just five minutes to go, scored the winner deep into injury time.
In Group A, Ethiopia moved to the top of the standings with a 2-0 victory over the Central African Republic. The Black Lions are on four points, while their opponents have three. South Africa and Botswana, who drew on Saturday, are on two and one points respectively. Sudan, who stunned African champions Zambia in their opening Group D match last weekend, missed out on a chance to put some distance between themselves and the chasing pack as they managed no better than a goalless draw in Lesotho. In Group C, Erasto Nyoni converted a late penalty for Tanzania as the Taifa Stars moved into second place in the table behind Côte d'Ivoire, who drew 2-2 in Morocco on Saturday. In Group G, Egypt scored three times in the second half in Conakry to secure a dramatic 3-2 victory over Guinea, while Zimbabwe played to a goalless draw in Mozambique. Algeria failed to join Egypt and Tunisia on six points, losing to Mali 2-1 after going ahead in the opening minutes in Burkina Faso. Also in Group H, well-travelled striker Razak Omotoyossi scored his second goal of the qualifying campaign as Benin secured a 1-1 draw in Rwanda to move to four points.
Congo DR, who lost their opening game in Cameroon 1-0, bounced back on Sunday with a 2-0 victory against Germany 2006 qualifiers Togo. Striker Tresor Mabi Mputu opened the scoring midway through the first half. The home side were then reduced to ten men when Albert Mutamba was sent off shortly before the break. Anderlecht striker Dieumerci Mbokani marked his return from 14 months of international wilderness by scoring a penalty nine minutes from the end to take Congo DR to three points in Group I. Angola's Palencas Negras, also surprise 2006 FIFA World Cup finalists, will have their work cut out for them if they want to repeat that feat after a goalless draw in Liberia that leaves them with two points from their two opening games. The team from southern Africa enjoyed more of the match, but failed to find the breakthrough they needed to beat the Lone Stars. Angola and Uganda both have two points, while Senegal, who drew in Uganda on Saturday, top Group J with four points.
Player of the day
Mohamed Aboutrika (Egypt)
After the disappointment of missing out on a place at the last FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa two years ago, Pharaohs supporters are desperate for global success. After beating Mozambique in their opening match, the North Africans faced perhaps their trickiest match of the group, in Guinea. Abdoul Camara gave the home side a first-half lead from the penalty spot, but veteran Aboutrika turned things around after the break with two goals to put his side ahead. Guinea, who had goalkeeper Naby Yattara sent off midway through the second half, thought they had snatched a share of the spoils when Alhassane Bangoura equalised matters two minutes from the end, but deep into injury time Mohamed Salah gave the visitors a hard-fought victory.
The stat 3 – The number of goals scored in two group stage matches by Ethiopia’s Egyptian-based striker Said Saladin, the most of anyone.
What they said
"We have played two games, we are number two in the group and we are only getting stronger and stronger. It was a good match for the players because they got what they deserved," Tanzaniacoach Kim Poulsen.
Results9 JuneMalawi 1-1 Nigeria
Botswana 1-1 South Africa
Zambia 1-0 Ghana
Gabon 1-0 Burkina Faso
Congo 1-0 Niger
Uganda 1-1 Senegal
Cape Verde Islands 1-2 Tunisia
Equatorial Guinea 2-2 Sierra Leone
Namibia 1-0 Kenya
Morocco 2-2 Côte d'Ivoire* *10 JuneLesotho 0-0 Sudan
Mozambique 0-0 Zimbabwe
Rwanda 1-1 Benin
Congo DR 2-0 Togo
Ethiopia 2-0 Central African Republic
Tanzania 2-1 Gambia
Liberia 0-0 Angola
Guinea 2-3 Egypt
Libya 2-1 Cameroon
Mali 2-1 Algeria