2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™

11 June - 11 July

2010 FIFA World Cup™

Tunisia stunned, big guns sweat

Tunisia's South Africa 2010 qualification bid got off to the worst of starts when they went down 2-1 at home to Burkina Faso, the North Africans letting slip a one-goal lead in a disastrous final ten minutes.

Over in Cairo, reigning African champions Egypt were given a stern examination by an impressive Congo DR team, with Egypt coming back from a 1-0 half-time deficit to secure a 2-1 win. Hassan Shehata's men were not the only big names to suffer on Sunday, however.

Deprived the inestimable services of the injured Didier Drogba, Côte d'Ivoire did just enough to scrape a 1-0 victory at home to Mozambique, while Guinea, ranked sixth in the continent, had to settle for an unsatisfactory draw against the Warriors of Zimbabwe.

And to round up all Sunday's action for you, here is FIFA.com.

Game of the day
Nigeria 2-0 South Africa
Goals: Ikechukwu Uche 10, Obinna Nwaneri 45

Nigeria have not lost a FIFA World Cup™ qualifying match at home since going down 2-0 to Algeria way back on 10 October 1981. And the Super Eagles were in no mood to relinquish that proud record when they entertained South Africa in Abuja.

In control for long periods, Shaibu Amodu's charges got the job done in the first half and were content to sit on their lead in the second. Pleasing to the eye, the visitors failed to find the final pass. Even so, Joel Santana's side showed plenty of nice touches and can only improve as the campaign progresses.

Surprise of the day
Guinea 0-0 Zimbabwe

Quarter-finalists at the recent CAF Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana, the Syli National came gently down to earth on Sunday when they were held to a draw by a solid-looking Zimbabwe, the 23rd-ranked African side in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. Despite ending the game with five forwards on the field, the uninspired Guineans spurned a string of clear-cut chances, thus allowing Namibia to open up a two-point gap at the top of Group 2.

Player of the day Yssouf Kone

Burkina Faso have stumbled upon a new hero in the Rosenborg striker. Making his entrance from the bench just ten minutes from time and with his side still trailing to Tijani Belaid's first-half strike for the Tunisians, Kone got to work immediately. Within a minute he had levelled the scores and within seven he had bagged the winner to stun the crowd at the Stade Olympique du 7 Novembre in Rades and give the Burkinabés three wholly unexpected points. Whatever else happens in Group 9, the 2004 African champions will never forget Kone's name.

Number crunching 50: The number of goals scored in the weekend's 21 qualifiers, an average of 2.38 goals per game. For all the facts and figures as the African qualifying race unfolds, click on Statistics in the right-hand column.

What they said
"The pitch was a bit slow because of the weather conditions. All the same, we've got off to a good start with this win because South Africa are a good, technical side. We've had a few disappointments in the past and we've promised each other we'll stick together and build up a strong team spirit. I think we're well on the way to achieving that." Joseph Yobo, Nigeria defender.

Sunday's results:
Angola 3-0 Benin
Equatorial Guinea 2-0 Sierra Leone
Burundi 1-0 Seychelles
Liberia 1-1 Gambia
Côte d'Ivoire 1-0 Mozambique
Nigeria 2-0 South Africa
Guinea 0-0 Zimbabwe
Ghana 3-0 Libya
Mali 4-2 Congo
Tunisia 1-2 Burkina Faso
Egypt 2-1 Congo DR

Click on the link on the right for the match reports from all Sunday's games.

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