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Gabon stun Morocco, Togo win

Emmanuel Adebayor in international action
Adebayor recovered from injury to get a vital winner for Togo

Gabon and Togo produced the outstanding results on the opening day of the final round of African qualifying for the World and Nations Cups in 2010.

The two teams lead the way at the top of Group A after securing dramatic wins over Morocco and Cameroon respectively.

Elsewhere Tunisia and Burkina Faso secured important victories.

The matches between Rwanda and Algeria and Sudan and Mali ended in draws.


Gabon went to Casablanca and beat Morocco on home soil.

The visitors scored through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Roguy Meye to take control.

A late goal from Mounir al-Hamdaoui gave Roger Lemerre's team some hope, but the Gabonese held on.

They lead the group, closely followed by Togo, who also got a win.

Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor scored the only goal of the game to give them a brilliant victory over Cameroon.

He struck on his return from injury in the 11th minute of the match in Accra.

Togo held on and now have hope of emulating their achievement of qualifying for the World Cup in 2006.

The defeats for Cameroon and Morocco leave them both with much to do.


Meanwhile in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso secured a thrilling 4-2 win over Guinea in Group E.

The home side had a 2-0 lead at half time thanks to goals from Mahamoudou Kere and Alain Traore, and they stretched that lead through a Moumouni Dagano penalty early in the second half.

Pascal Feindouno of Guinea pulled one back for the visitors, also from the spot before Dagano struck again, this time from open play.

Guinea's Kamil Zayatte got a late second but the Burkinabe will be very happy with an excellent win.

Ivory Coast and Malawi play the other Group E match on Sunday.


Elsewhere on Saturday, Sudan and Mali played out a 1-1 draw in Group D in Omdurman.

Mali's Fredi Kanoute put the visitors in front on 20 minutes but Sudan equalised through Mudathir al-Tahir just four minutes later.

Ghana and Benin are the other teams in this group and they play on Sunday.


Dennis Oliech of Kenya
A goal from Dennis Oliech was not enough for Kenya at home.

In Group B, Tunisia claimed an important away win at the start of their qualifying campaign for the World and Nations Cups in 2010.

The Carthage Eagles secured a 2-1 win over Kenya on Saturday to go to the top of the table.

Ammar Jemal put the visitors ahead in the fifth minute of the game.

Kenya veteran Dennis Oliech equalised for the home side with 20 minutes left, but two minutes later Tunisia's Issam Jomaa got the winner.

Mozambique and Nigeria play in group B on Sunday.


The other early kick-off on Saturday was in Kigali, where hosts Rwanda were held to a 0-0 draw by Algeria in Group C.

Egypt play Zambia in Cairo on Sunday.


Group winners will go to both the World and Nations Cups in South Africa and Angola, whilst second and third placed teams will qualify for Angola only.



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