Nations Cup 2015 Qualifiers; Cameroon hammer Ivory Coast to stay top of Group D
Cameroon continued their resurgence as they hammered Ivory Coast 4-1 in their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Yaounde.
Having put their disastrous World Cup campaign behind them to beat DR Congo last weekend, the Indomitable Lions made it two wins out of two games in Group D in their quest to reach next year?s tournament in Morocco.
Cameroon striker Clinton Njie and Vincent Aboubakar both scored twice as the hosts ran out with a comprehensive victory against the Elephants of Ivory Coast.
A deflection off a defender helped Njie put Cameroon ahead on 15 minutes only for Yaya Toure to level 10 minutes later when he slid in to convert a cross.
Aboubakar intercepted a headed back-pass to fire past veteran goalkeeper Boubacar Barry and give the home team a 2-1 half-time lead.
A loose ball was hammered home by Aboubakar on 54 minutes and he set up Njie to score with an unstoppable close-range shot 14 minutes from time.
In Group D?s other Game, DR Congo ran out 2-0 victors against Sierra Leone as
Firmin Mubele Ndombe gave the visitors an early lead while Bokala scored late on to make the game safe and put pressure on Ivory Coast.
Congo continued their impressive start to the campaign with a 2-0 win over visiting Sudan who is yet to score a goal in the final round of qualifiers.
The Congolese victory comes on the back of their shock 3-2 win over African champions Nigeria on Saturday.
F?r?bory Dor? opened the scoring for Claude LeRoy?s side after just four minutes.
The second goal came from Prince Oniangue in injury time match to give the Red Devils a maximum six points from 2 games.
Congo are only in the group stages after Rwanda were disqualified for fielding an ineligible player against them in the play-offs
South Africa and Nigeria played out an uninspiring goalless draw in Cape Town in the other Group A match.
The results mean Congo top Group A with six points, South Africa are on four while Nigeria have a single point and Sudan with no points.
Atusaye Nayondo scored twice to help Malawi to a 3-2 home win against Ethiopia.
Nyondo struck the first goal of the game on 18 minutes but Malawi were pegged back by an equaliser from Getaneh Kebede.
However, 2 quick fire second-half goals from in the 63rd and 66th minute from Frank Banda and Nyondo?s second goal respectively render meaningless a stoppage strike from the visitors? Yussuf Saleh.
In the other Group game, Carl Medjani?s 84th minute strike late on gave Algeria a 1-0 win over Mali.
Despite the loss, Mali sits 2nd in a qualifying spot 3 points behind leaders Algeria in 1st place, Malawi is 3rd on 3 points while Eithiopia sits bottom on no pionts
Angola slumped to a 3-0 home loss against Burkina Faso to a second ? half Jonathan Pitroipa brace after Aristide Bance had given the Stallions a 1st half lead.
Meanwhile in the other Group game, Lesotho were close to grabbing a surprise victory over Gabon despite an early red card to Goal Keeper Mohau Kuenane in the 34th minute before Emmanuel Lekhanya scored to give the host a first-half lead. Levy Madinda got the equalizer to spare the blushes of the Gabonese to earn a share of the spoils.
Burkina Faso stays top with six points, Gabon on 4 points, Lesotho on one point and Angola placed bottom with no points.
In a thrilling encounter, Ghana edged out Togo with a late winner from Christian Atsu. Togo had initially taken the lead in the 12th minute before 2 goals from Asamoah Gyan and Agyeman Badu put the black Stars on top going into the 2nd half. Emmanuel Adebayor pulled level on the 76th minute but it wasn?t enough as the Black Stars ran out winners.
Uganda having earned a draw in their first game against Ghana ran out 2 nil winners against Guinea with first half brace from Geoffrey Massa.
Uganda and Ghana stay top with 4 points with Uganda 2 goals difference putting them in top spot, while Guinea stay third with 3 points and Togo in bottom place with no points.
Mozambique and Niger played out a 1-1 draw with the home side early penalty opener converted by Domingues was cancelled out Mahamane Cisse in the 25th minute.
In other game in the Group, Cape Verde continued their perfect start with a 2-1 win against 2011 African Nations cup winner Zambia. Heldon got the winner in the 77th minute after Zambia?s Jacob Mulenga had cancelled out Ze Luis? first ?half opener.
Cape Verde stays top with six points, Mozambique second on 2 points from 2 games, Zambia and Niger on 3rd and 4th respectively on 1 point each.
Southampton?s Sadio Mane scored as the Teranga Lions of Senegal cruised to a 2-0 win against host Botswana. Dame N?Doye doubled the Teranga Lions? advantage late on to secure top spot for the Teranga Lions.
Egypt who lost their first game to the Senegalese were looking to get back to winning ways in front of their home fans went behind to an early goal from Tunisia?s Fakhreddine Ben Youssef in the 14th minute to slump to their 2nd defeat in the qualifiers.
This result means Senegal and Tunisia stay in first and 2nd place with 6 points from 2 games while Botswana and Egypt stay 3rd and 4th respectively with no points.