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AFCON 2017 Qualifying matchday two summary
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 AFCON 2017 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.
Nigeria, 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 Algeria dug deep to record a 3-1 away win against Lesotho.
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.
Togo 2-0 Djibouti
Madagascar 0-0 Angola
Central African Republic 2-0 DR Congo
South Sudan 1-0 Equatorial Guinea
Benin 1-1 Mali
Comoros 0-1 Uganda
Botswana 1-0 Burkina Faso
Guinea-Bissau 2-4 Congo
Kenya 1-2 Zambia
Rwanda 0-1 Ghana
Mauritius 1-0 Mozambique
Gabon 4-0 Sudan*
Sierra Leone 0-0 Côte d’Ivoire
*Gabon-Sudan was a friendly, and Sierra Leone are the only team in this group to have played two qualifiers.
Seychelles 1-1 Ethiopia
Namibia 0-2 Senegal
Burundi 2-0 Niger
Swaziland 2-2 Malawi
Zimbabwe 1-1 Guinea
Gambia 0-1 Cameroon
Mauritania 3-1 South Africa