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AFCON 2017 Qualifying matchday two summary

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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.

, 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


[one_fourth last=”no”]Standings[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Team[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Points[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]GD[/one_fourth]


[one_fourth last=”no”]1[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Togo[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]6[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]+3[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth last=”no”]2[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Liberia[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]3[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]0[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth last=”no”]3[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Tunisia[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]3[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]+6[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth last=”no”]4[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Djibouti[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]0[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]-9[/one_fourth]


Group B

Madagascar 0-0 Angola

Central African Republic 2-0 DR Congo


[one_fourth last=”no”]Standings[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Team[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Points[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]GD[/one_fourth]


[one_fourth last=”no”]1[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Angola[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]4[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]+4[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth last=”no”]2[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]CAR[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]3[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]-2[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth last=”no”]3[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]DR Congo[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]3[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]-1[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth last=”no”]4[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Madagascar[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]1[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]-1[/one_fourth]


Group C

South Sudan 1-0 Equatorial Guinea

Benin 1-1 Mali


[one_fourth last=”no”]Standings[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Team[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Points[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]GD[/one_fourth]


[one_fourth last=”no”]1[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Mali[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]4[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]+2[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth last=”no”]2[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]South Sudan[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]3[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]-1[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth last=”no”]3[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Benin[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]2[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]0[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth last=”no”]4[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Eq. Guinea[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]1[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]-1[/one_fourth]


Group D

Comoros 0-1 Uganda

Botswana 1-0 Burkina Faso


[one_fourth last=”no”]Standings[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Team[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Points[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]GD[/one_fourth]


[one_fourth last=”no”]1[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Uganda[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]6[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]+3[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth last=”no”]2[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Botswana[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]3[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]-1[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth last=”no”]3[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Burkina Faso[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]3[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]+1[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth last=”no”]4[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Comoros[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]0[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]-3[/one_fourth]


Group E

Guinea-Bissau 2-4 Congo

Kenya 1-2 Zambia


[one_fourth last=”no”]Standings[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Team[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Points[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]GD[/one_fourth]


[one_fourth last=”no”]1[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Congo[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]4[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]+2[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth last=”no”]2[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Zambia[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]4[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]+1[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth last=”no”]3[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Kenya[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]1[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]-1[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth last=”no”]4[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Guinea-Bissau[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]1[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]-2[/one_fourth]


Group F

Sao Tome and Principe 0-3 Morocco

Libya 1-2 Cape Verde


[one_fourth last=”no”]Standings[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Team[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Points[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]GD[/one_fourth]


[one_fourth last=”no”]1[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Cape Verde[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]6[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]+7[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth last=”no”]2[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Morocco[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]6[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]+4[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth last=”no”]3[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”][/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]0[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]-2[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth last=”no”]4[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Sao Tome and Principe[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]0[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]-9[/one_fourth]


Group G

Tanzania 0-0 Nigeria

Chad 1-5 Egypt


[one_fourth last=”no”]Standings[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Team[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Points[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]GD[/one_fourth]


[one_fourth last=”no”]1[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Egypt[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]6[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]+7[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth last=”no”]2[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Nigeria[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]4[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]+2[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth last=”no”]3[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Tanzania[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]1[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]-3[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth last=”no”]4[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Chad[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]0[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]-6[/one_fourth]


Group H

Rwanda 0-1 Ghana

Mauritius 1-0 Mozambique


[one_fourth last=”no”]Standings[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Team[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Points[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]GD[/one_fourth]


[one_fourth last=”no”]1[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Ghana[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]6[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]+7[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth last=”no”]2[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Rwanda[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]3[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]0[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth last=”no”]3[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Mauritus[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]3[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]-5[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth last=”no”]4[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Mozambique[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]0[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]-2[/one_fourth]


Group I

Gabon 4-0 Sudan*

Sierra Leone 0-0 Côte d’Ivoire


[one_fourth last=”no”]Standings[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Team[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Points[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]GD[/one_fourth]


[one_fourth last=”no”]1[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Sudan[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]3[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]+1[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth last=”no”]2[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Côte d’Ivoire[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]1[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]0[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth last=”no”]3[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Sierra Leone*[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]1[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]-1[/one_fourth]

*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


[one_fourth last=”no”]Standings[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Team[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Points[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]GD[/one_fourth]


[one_fourth last=”no”]1[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Algeria[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]6[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]+6[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth last=”no”]2[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Ethiopia[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]4[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]+1[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth last=”no”]3[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Seychelles[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]1[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]-4[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth last=”no”]4[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Lesotho[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]0[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]-3[/one_fourth]


Group K

Namibia 0-2 Senegal

Burundi 2-0 Niger


[one_fourth last=”no”]Standings[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Team[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Points[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]GD[/one_fourth]


[one_fourth last=”no”]1[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Senegal[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]6[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]+4[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth last=”no”]2[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Burundi[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]3[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]0[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth last=”no”]3[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Niger[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]3[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]-1[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth last=”no”]4[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Namibia[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]0[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]-3[/one_fourth]


Group L

Swaziland 2-2 Malawi

Zimbabwe 1-1 Guinea


[one_fourth last=”no”]Standings[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Team[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Points[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]GD[/one_fourth]


[one_fourth last=”no”]1[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Swaziland[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]4[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]+1[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth last=”no”]2[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Malawi[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]4[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]+1[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth last=”no”]3[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Zimbabwe[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]1[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]-1[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth last=”no”]4[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Guinea[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]1[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]-1[/one_fourth]


Group M

Gambia 0-1 Cameroon

Mauritania 3-1 South Africa


[one_fourth last=”no”]Standings[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Team[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Points[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]GD[/one_fourth]


[one_fourth last=”no”]1[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Cameroon[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]6[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]+2[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth last=”no”]2[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Mauritania[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]3[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]+1[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth last=”no”]3[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]Gambia[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]1[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]-1[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth last=”no”]4[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]South Africa[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]1[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]-2[/one_fourth]


 

I have dedicated part of my time in this bad world to following African football. From CECAFA to WAFU, COSAFA to UNAF & even the forgotten UNIFFAC.

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