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AFCON 2017 Qualifying matchday two summary

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Posted on September 7, 2015
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Photo: CAF Official Website

The second matchday of 2017 African Cup of Nations Qualifying turned out to be a festive occasion, as teams continued to jostle for the 15 qualification spots.

25 matches witnessed 54 goals in round two of the Qualifiers over the weekend. As usual there were surprises. Perhaps none bigger than South Sudan recording their first international victory by defeating Equatorial Guinea in Group C.

Tunisia, Burkina Faso and South Africa also experienced surprise as they faltered to, traditionally, continental minnows. Their defeats came away to Liberia, Botswana and Mauritania respectively.

, Côte d’Ivoire and Ethiopia did not lose but they will be disappointed with dropping points to Tanzania, Sierra Leone and Seychelles respectively in their chase for automatic qualification slots.

That group aside, it was a relatively good outing for the better side in the continent. Top ranked dug deep to record a 3-1 away win against Lesotho.

Egypt and handed out thrashings to their opponents while Cameroon, Uganda, Ghana, Togo and Senegal maintained their untarnished records as expected.

In Group E, Congo and Zambia recorded away wins to re-establish themselves as favorites. Gabon walloped Sudan 4-0, with Ahly striker Evouna scoring a brace, but it only counted as a friendly – Gabon have already qualified as hosts – so the Sudanese remain undefeated and in command of Group I, the only three-team group.

Cape Verde steered clear as the top scoring side with nine goals in two outings. Egypt, Tunisia and Ghana trail closely with eight scored. Conversely, six teams remain yet to concede; among them are Morocco and Cameroon.

Soudani hit a second successive brace to stay atop the scoring charts with four goals. He is joined by Egypt’s hat-trick-hero Bassem Morsi and Congolese forward, Ferebory, who hit four against Guinea-Bissau.

Here is a round-up of all the results and standings.

Group A

Togo 2-0 Djibouti

Liberia 1-0 Tunisia


Standings
Team
Points
GD


1
Togo
6
+3

2
Liberia
3
0

3
Tunisia
3
+6

4
Djibouti
0
-9


Group B

Madagascar 0-0

Central African Republic 2-0 DR Congo


Standings
Team
Points
GD


1
Angola
4
+4

2
CAR
3
-2

3
DR Congo
3
-1

4
Madagascar
1
-1


Group C

South Sudan 1-0 Equatorial Guinea

Benin 1-1 Mali


Standings
Team
Points
GD


1
Mali
4
+2

2
South Sudan
3
-1

3
Benin
2
0

4
Eq. Guinea
1
-1


Group D

Comoros 0-1 Uganda

Botswana 1-0 Burkina Faso


Standings
Team
Points
GD


1
Uganda
6
+3

2
Botswana
3
-1

3
Burkina Faso
3
+1

4
Comoros
0
-3


Group E

Guinea-Bissau 2-4 Congo

Kenya 1-2 Zambia


Standings
Team
Points
GD


1
Congo
4
+2

2
Zambia
4
+1

3
Kenya
1
-1

4
Guinea-Bissau
1
-2


Group F

Sao Tome and Principe 0-3 Morocco

Libya 1-2 Cape Verde


Standings
Team
Points
GD


1
Cape Verde
6
+7

2
Morocco
6
+4

3
0
-2

4
Sao Tome and Principe
0
-9


Group G

Tanzania 0-0 Nigeria

Chad 1-5 Egypt


Standings
Team
Points
GD


1
Egypt
6
+7

2
Nigeria
4
+2

3
Tanzania
1
-3

4
Chad
0
-6


Group H

Rwanda 0-1 Ghana

Mauritius 1-0 Mozambique


Standings
Team
Points
GD


1
Ghana
6
+7

2
Rwanda
3
0

3
Mauritus
3
-5

4
Mozambique
0
-2


Group I

Gabon 4-0 Sudan*

Sierra Leone 0-0 Côte d’Ivoire


Standings
Team
Points
GD


1
Sudan
3
+1

2
Côte d’Ivoire
1
0

3
Sierra Leone*
1
-1

*Gabon-Sudan was a friendly, and Sierra Leone are the only team in this group to have played two qualifiers.


Group J

Seychelles 1-1 Ethiopia

Lesotho 1-3 Algeria


Standings
Team
Points
GD


1
Algeria
6
+6

2
Ethiopia
4
+1

3
Seychelles
1
-4

4
Lesotho
0
-3


Group K

Namibia 0-2 Senegal

Burundi 2-0 Niger


Standings
Team
Points
GD


1
Senegal
6
+4

2
Burundi
3
0

3
Niger
3
-1

4
Namibia
0
-3


Group L

Swaziland 2-2 Malawi

Zimbabwe 1-1 Guinea


Standings
Team
Points
GD


1
Swaziland
4
+1

2
Malawi
4
+1

3
Zimbabwe
1
-1

4
Guinea
1
-1


Group M

Gambia 0-1 Cameroon

Mauritania 3-1 South Africa


Standings
Team
Points
GD


1
Cameroon
6
+2

2
Mauritania
3
+1

3
Gambia
1
-1

4
South Africa
1
-2


 

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