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Saturday saw a host of African Nations Cup qualifying action all over the continent with Sierra Leone knocking Egypt out of the competition and Senegal securing their route to Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.


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But Malawi and Tunisia will have to wait to see who joins Botswana at the 2012 finals after their Group K goalless draw at Blantyre’s Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday.

Tunisia and Malawi are tied at 11 points while The Eagles of Carthage are ahead on goal difference with the Flames now needing to win their last game away in Chad next month with Tunisia needing a result at home to Togo.

Malawi will qualify on a head-to-head over Tunisia if the two sides draw their respective matches.

Moussa Sow scored a brace as Senegal saw off DR Congo 2-0 to confirm their spot in next year’s African Cup of Nations with Cameroon hammering Mauritius 6-0.

Léonard Kweuke, Matthew Mbuta, Samuel Eto’o and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting were the goalscorers in that match with Eto’o netting from the penalty spot and Choupo-Moting scoring two very late goals.

Mali beat Cape Verde Islands 3-0 to put themselves top of Group A. Cheick Diabate netted twice to put his side in a commanding position with Zimbabwe, Liberia and the Islanders fighting it out for a runner’s up spot. A win for Mali over Liberia will guarantee their qualification.

Libya, meanwhile beat Mozambique 1-0 with Rabe Alafi the goalscorer, to move two points clear at the top of Group C with second-placed Zambia set to play the Comoros on Sunday.

Tanzania and Algeria drew their Group D match 1-1 in Dar es Salaam to remain on five points each with both Morocco and Central African Republic tied on seven points ahead of their clash on Sunday.

Sierra Leone defeated Egypt 2-1 in Freetown with Sherriff Suma opening the scoring before Mohsen Maruwan equalised for the Pharaohs, but Mohamed Bangura scored from the penalty spot in the dying minutes to send Egypt crashing out of the competition.

The Leone Stars are now second in Group G and level on points with leaders South Africa who face Niger in Niamey on Sunday.

Burkina Faso all but secured their qualification with Namibia beating Gambia 1-0 in Windhoek on Saturday but the Burkinabe will await a hearing after Namibia alleged that they used an ineligible player in Cameroon-born defender Herve Zengue in qualifying matches in March and June.

Co-hosts Equatorial Guinea and Gabon have already been joined by Botswana and the Ivory Coast in the competition to held early next year.

Côte d’Ivoire had Salomon Kalou, Wilfried Bony x2, Didier Konan Ya and Gervinho to thank for the easy 5-0 win over Rwanda.

In other matches, Nigeria take on Madagascar on Sunday with a win vital to their hopes before they face Guinea in Abuja next month while Guinea take on Ethiopia later in the day where a victory will see them stay top of Group B.

And Kenya defeated Guinea-Bissau 2-1 with Dennis Oliech finding a winner after Basile de Carvalho had cancelled out Mark Baraza’s opener.

Ghana defeated Swaziland 2-0 on Friday night with Asamoah Gyan and Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu on target with the result seeing them move onto 13 points at the top of Group I above Sudan, Congo (who play on Sunday) and Sihlangu Semnikatii.

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