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Live updates from Africa Cup of Nations qualifying

Egyptian players celebrate with the Nations Cup trophy in Luanda
Egypt are struggling to qualify for the tournament they won last year

Scroll down for details of how Saturday's thrilling Africa Cup of Nations qualifying action unfolded - giving Botswana the honour of being the first team to make it to the finals.


Malawi 1 - 0 Togo - result
Tanzania 2 - 1 Central African Republic - result
Kenya 2 - 1 Angola - result
Rwanda 3 - 1 Burundi - result
Chad 0 - 1 Botswana - result, Botswana qualify for the finals
Guinea Bissau 0 - 1 Uganda - result
Cape Verde 4 - 2 Liberia - result
Senegal 1 - 0 Cameroon - result
South Africa 1 - 0 Egypt - result
Burkina Faso 4- 0 Namibia- result
Mali 1 - 0 Zimbabwe - result

2100 GMT VICTORY! Mali 1-0 Zimbabwe. Saturday's action comes to an end as Mali win the game in Bamako with Cheick Diabate's goal separating the two sides. All the reaction will be brought to you on the BBC website - and we'll be back with Sunday's games as well.

2034 GMT Some fans are also delighted over Senegal's win over Cameroon. Alle G in New York says: "THANK YOU DEMBA BA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! REVENGE has never been so SWEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The substitution by coach Amara Traore (Issiar Dia replacing Mamadou Niang) was a touch of brilliance!"

2028 GMT More happy fans across the continent. Dumbani Douglas Nyirenda in Blantyre, Malawi writes: "I am delighted to have witnessed South Africa's victory over Egypt. It seems the dark ages are slowly fading away for Bafana.What a great game it was. Bafana on top of the table, on top of Africa. BRAVO Bafana Bafana!!! Congratulations for beating the Champions of Africa." Zimbabwe fan Charles Matsambe says "At least a draw will justify the vast talent in the Warriors' team. I am really flabbergasted on learning that we are trailing 1-0 to Mali. Nevertheless I am still optimistic that we will book our place to AFCON next year.

2006 GMT VICTORY! Senegal 1-0 Cameroon. Senegal have managed to secure victory over Cameroon and the referee's final whistle has sent thousands of the home fans onto the pitch to celebrate this famous victory. The Indomitable Lions now have an arduous task in qualifying for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

2005 GMT VICTORY! South Africa 1-0 Egypt. The referee blows the whistle for the end of the match in Johannesburg sending Bafana Bafana fans into raptures. It is a great victory over the title holders that can go a long way in help South Africa get the group's sole ticket to the 2012 Nations Cup.

2004 GMT GOAL! Another goal and its goes to the home side South Africa with Katlego Mhpela also getting the goal at the death.

1959 GMT GOAL! A late late goal in Dakar for Senegal as the Teranga Lions have taken the lead. It looks like Demba Ba got the goal for Senegal and could win the day for them.

1950 GMT A happy Uganda fan Natumanya Ezrah writes: "Perfect response by Uganda after Kenya's win. We will qualify. Cranes oyeeeeee!!!"

1945 GMT Still goalless in the remaining big matches of the day. South Africa are still being held to a 0-0 draw in Johannesburg. Cameroon are still holding out for a goalless draw with Senegal in Dakar. Some few minutes left to be played in both matches.

1930 GMT With about 70 minutes played in Dakar it is still goalless in the match between Senegal and Cameroon.

Star-studded Mali have taken the lead against Zimbabwe. The Warriors must fight to salvage something from this game otherwise their qualification chances are slim.

1907 GMT GOAL! 19h07 Burkina Faso have taken the lead in their game against Namibia in Ouagadougou

1904 GMT VICTORY! Cape Verde beat Liberia 4-2 in Praia to keep their stranglehold of Group A.

1849 GMT Halftime in Dakar - 0-0. Two Senegal stars booked - Diakite and Daf.

1845 GMT Encouragement for the home team in Dakar comes from this emailer: "Senegal are doing most of the roaring so far and rightly so in front of a packed house at the Stade Leopold Senghor! ALLEZ LES LIONS DE LA TERANGA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!". I think we know who you're supporting.

1840 GMT 38 minutes gone in Dakar, still 0-0 between Senegal and Cameroon. A draw would be a fine result for the Indomitable Lions and would keep them in the hunt.

1839 GMT Another happy Kenyan on the email Nathan in Nairobi writes: "I was at Nyayo stadium and I was very happy to see Jamal coming off the bench to score - the win against Angola proves Kenya has talent and it is all about selection of players! Kudos to coach Zico, we needed the win desperately."

1834 GMT VICTORY! Uganda are winners 1-0 in Guinea Bissau thanks to David Obua's goal and a saved penalty too. They're running away at the top of J.

1822 GMT Still goalless in the SA Egypt game. And in the Senegal Cameroon clash too.

1815 GMT Uganda are holding on to their lead in Guinea Bissau. It's still 1-0 to the Cranes after keeper Dennis Onyango saves a penalty after skipper Ibrahim Sekajja brought down a Guinea Bissau striker in the box.

1811 GMT A new round of matches has got underway in the last few minutes. South Africa are looking to finish off Egypt in Jo'burg, Senegal can take a massive step towards the finals with a home win over Cameroon and Burkina Faso are hosting Namibia in the three-team Group F.

1758 GMT Team news from the vital South Africa - Egypt game. Pharaohs' coach Hassan Shehata has left both Mohamed Zidan and Mohamed Aboutrika on the bench. Al Sayed Hamdi of Petrojet starts. Bafana Bafana "as expected", says our man at Ellis Park.

1751 GMT Half time news comes through from Cape Verde's game against Liberian, and the islanders are looking good to stretch their lead at the top of Group A. They're 3-1 up.

1740 GMT More happy fans across the continent. Falgun, a Tanzanian in Nigeria, thinks: "If the Taifa Stars keep up the same team work and same spirit they showed today coming from one goal down and taking the maximum point against Central Africa Republic in Dar es Salaam then the spot for the CAN 2012 is up for taking... Congratulations to Taifa Stars for today's win." And Douglas in Malawi is celebrating.... Botswana's success! "Botswana's qualification today is a clear indication of the resurgence of Southern African football. With the big Nations already falling way short of people's expectations, we will soon see the powerhouse of African football shifted from the North down South. Viva the Zebras!!!"

1736 GMT Bogie, a Ugandan in Senegal, emails to say: "I think Uganda is going to win this one - I am going to the Senegal vs Cameroon match but with all ears on the Bissau vs Cranes match. We have to qualify - a 34 year wait is so long."

1725 GMT The celebrations will be starting in Gabarone and across Botswana, who have made it to the finals of the Nations Cup for the very first time. And Botswanans across the world are celebrating too: "Woo hoo! Mighty Zebras" says Ronald in Norway.

1715 GMT GOAL! Uganda take the lead in Guinea Bissau through a David Obua strike. They're approaching halftime there.

1649 GMT VICTORY! Botswana qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time as they have managed a 1-0 win over Chad in N'djamena.

1638 GMT Happy days for Pacharo, a Malawi fan in Lilongwe: "We didn't play that well but heck vital win this...surely we are going to AFCON 2012. Happy days Flames!" Email your thoughts to

1633 GMT Guinea Bissau v Uganda has just kicked-off in Group J. The Cranes top the group with four points from two games so far, Guinea Bissau are a point behind them. Kenya closed the gap with their earlier (1512) win over Angola - so a draw suits neither. Meanwhile there are 10 minutes to go in N'Djamena between Chad and Botswana - still 1-0 to Botswana and the Zebras are closing in!

1626 GMT If you want to hear Keshi's thoughts, you can get them here .

1621 GMT Reaction from stand-in Togo coach Stephen Keshi. He tells the BBC he doesn't expect the Hawks to go through after their defeat in Malawi; he'd be keen to stay in the job - and he'd welcome back Emmanuel Adebayor to the squad.

1611 GMT GOAL! Botswana take the lead in Chad early in the second half! The Zebras are closing in on a place in the finals of Equatorial Guinea and Gabon 2012.

1550 GMT Onserio is a delighted Kenyan fan: "Great stuff - at least Kenya has made a come back. Mariga's goal is honestly the goal of the weekend!!!" But don't forget he got himself sent off, Onserio...

1545 GMT It's halftime in N'Djamena - Botswana haven't made any headway yet. Still 0-0. But for all the emphasis we're putting on this game, even if they're beaten, the Zebras will still have a great chance, as coach Stanley Tshosane told us on Fast Track last night.

1540 GMT Time for a quick update. The only match on at the moment is the one in N'Djamena. Next up - to answer questions on email from John and Shakib - is Guinea Bissau v Uganda at 1630 GMT. Wins so far today for Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda. Still to come - amongst others - South Africa v Egypt AND Senegal v Cameroon.

1522 GMT No score yet to report in the Chad v Botswana game - but remember a win will take the Zebras through, but not necessarily as group winners. Two teams make the finals from Group K because it has five teams in it - Togo were given the extra berth when CAF had a change of heart on their ban, following the controversy at Angola 2010.

1512 GMT VICTORY! Kenya earn a vital victory over Angola in Nairobi. Mariga (see 1447) was sent off after being given a second yellow card when he tore off his shirt to celebrate scoring the winner.

1505 GMT GOAL! AND FINAL WHISTLE! Another late late goal (see 1449) gives Rwanda an emphatic win over their neighbours Burundi. Eric Gasana is the scorer and the Amavubi (Wasps) of Rwanda are in the hunt for a place in the finals - they leap over their opponents into third place in Group H with Ivory Coast to play Benin tomorrow.

1500 GMT Chad v Botswana is underway. If Botswana win the game they are through to the finals for the very first time.

1500 GMT Confirmation that Malawi's game in Blantyre has ended in victory for the Flames. Heavy rain meant the message couldn't get through for a bit but the Flames are up to second in Group K with nine points from five games. Deus in Malawi is a happy man: "We don't claim to be the best in Africa, even in our region, but we wear our hearts on the sleeve. No one can dispute the hard work of the Flames of Malawi... proud of the boys!!!" Have your say by emailing

1449 GMT GOAL! They go wild in Dar-es-Salaam. Tanzania take the lead against CAR. Taifa Stars corner headed home by Mbwana Samata. It's the final action of a dramatic match. Tanzania are back in contention for a place in the finals.

1447 GMT GOAL! AND RED CARD! Kenya take the lead against Angola. 10 minutes to go. That's the good news for Harambee Stars fans - the bad news is that Macdonald Mariga has been sent-off. Kenya down to 10 men!

1440 GMT Latest scores above are all current. Frank emails to ask about Mali v Zimbabwe in Group A. Kick-off time has been a bit of a mystery but we finally got through to the Mali Football Federation - it's at 1900 GMT tonight.

1421 GMT GOAL! Kenya are level with Angola. Sub Jamaal Mohamed comes on and with his first touch of the ball fires home the equaliser.

1409 GMT GOAL! Tanzania are level with CAR in Dar-es-Salaam. Shabaan Nditi with the goal.

1402 GMT GOAL! Rwanda take the lead again! Uzamukunda Elias puts the home team back in front from the penalty spot against Burundi, just on the stroke of halftime.

1356 GMT It's also halftime in the Kenya v Angola game, which Angola lead 1-0. Group J is tight as we reach the halfway stage of qualifying. Kenya are bottom with just a point - but Angola and Guinea Bissau both have three points so far, and Uganda's Cranes top the table with four. Guinea Bissau v Uganda kicks-off at 1630 GMT.

1353 GMT Halftime in Dar-es-Salaam where hosts Tanzania are trailing 1-0 at the hands of Central African Republic. The Taifa Stars are booed off the pitch by angry home fans.

1345 GMT GOAL! AND THEN ANOTHER GOAL! Two quick strikes in Kigali as Rwanda took the lead through Jean-Claude Ilanzi, but visitors Burundi equalise shortly afterwards with a free-kick from Pappy Fatti.

1341 GMT After that early blow (1302) Tanzania are pressing to get back into their game with CAR. Athuman Machupa and Mrisho Ngasa have both missed chances and CAR are being forced onto the back foot. Still 1-0 to the visitors in Dar though.

1340 GMT Nine minutes into the second half in Blantyre and Malawi still hold the lead over Togo - but now the elements are having their say. It's tipping down with rain.

1334 GMT Tomorrow in Group H it's Ivory Coast against Benin. They're playing in Accra because of the political troubles back home and Ivorian captain Didier Drogba has had his say today. "Winning is not only important for qualification but also to give some comfort to our compatriots who are living through a difficult time at the moment," the Chelsea man is quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.

1329 GMT They're playing in Kigali too - 30 minutes gone in the regional derby between Rwanda and Burundi and its 0-0. This one is in Group H and neither team has yet registered a win.

1324 GMT GOAL! Angola take the lead against Kenya. Mateus is the goal scorer on 20 minutes. The BBC's man at the game reports the Kenyan defence went to sleep!

1315 GMT Halftime in Blantyre and it's looking good for the home team. Malawi lead Togo 1-0.

1314 GMT If you want some idea of how tasty the match between Senegal and Cameroon is later on tonight then check out Piers' blog .

1312 GMT Confirmation that the game in Nairobi between Kenya and Angola is underway also.

1302 GMT GOAL! CAR grab an early lead against Tanzania. Mabide Vianney is the scorer with a second minute strike to silence the crowd in Dar-es-Salaam.

1300 GMT They're underway in Dar-es-Salaam as Tanzania host Central African Republic. in Group D. The other game in this group, a regional derby of huge significance between Algeria and Morocco, is tomorrow.

1257 GMT Later tonight the reigning champions Egypt (three times in a row don't forget) face a huge test in South Africa. Coach Hassan Shehata admitted on Fast Track last night that the revolution in his country has disrupted preparations. The Pharaohs are bottom of their group with only one point - Bafana Bafana will go six points clear of them if they win.

1252 GMT Malawi fan Mavuto emails (re saved pen at 1236) "Malawi goalkeeper is great, saved the flames. Go go go Malawi!" Send us your thoughts on

1248 GMT Moses Chavula is the man of the moment in Blantyre. 18 minutes gone and he's smacked a magnificent free-kick from 30 yards to give the Flames a 1-0 lead against Togo.

1248 GMT GOAL! Malawi take the lead against Togo!

1245 GMT Next up we've got Kenya at home to Angola in Group J. Kick-off in 15 minutes. Bottom two teams in the Group but an Angola win would put them in pole position! Also kicking off at 1300 it's Tanzania v Central African Republic in Group D. CAR will head to seven points from three games if they win.

1236 GMT Penalty in Blantyre! Malawi's James Sangala handles the ball, a penalty is awarded to Togo - but saved by Malawi keeper Simplex Nthala! Still 0-0.

1234 GMT If you are a frustrated Nigeria fan waiting for tomorrow's clash with Ethiopia - and disappointed that Victor Moses won't be playing a part - hear what the man himself has to say here .

1225 GMT They're under way in Blantyre - Malawi will be right in the hunt for a place in the finals of Equatorial Guinea and Gabon 2012 if they win. Remember there are two places from Group K because it has five teams and the Flames will leapfrog Tunisia (who sit out this round) if they get the three points.

1220 GMT The first game of the weekend starts shortly and comes in Group K, featuring Malawi against Togo in Blantyre. Togo have former coach Stephen Keshi at the helm but are without Emmanuel Adebayor despite claims that he would end his international exile.

1215 GMT Welcome to the BBC's live coverage of a exciting weekend of Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. There are 11 games today - the highlight being Botswana's chance to qualify for the finals for the very first time.

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Moses must wait for Nigeria debut
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Adebayor rules out Togo return
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Botswana close in on Nations Cup
24 Mar 11 |  African
SA coach dumps captain Mokoena
15 Mar 11 |  African
Nigeria make late bid for Moses
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Zokora out to inspire Ivory Coast
23 Mar 11 |  African
Essien's Ghana comeback uncertain
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Nigeria pair are injury doubts
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