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Cisse sparkles as Senegal win

Cameroon's Matthew Mbuta
US-based Mbuta scored the only goal as Cameroon beat Macedonia

Papiss Cisse, the second most prolific scorer in the German Bundesliga this season, opened the scoring midway through the first half as Senegal outclassed Guinea 3-0 in Dakar.

Moussa Sow and Dame Ndoye were on target during the second half for a Teranga Lions team hoping to reach the 2012 Cup of Nations finals after a five-year absence from the African football showpiece.

Next month, the Senegalese meet Cameroon, who raised morale ahead of the critical Nations Cup qualifier when beating Macedonia 1-0.

The Indomitable Lions triumphed in Skopje on Wednesday thanks to substitute Matthew Mbuta's 75-minute goal.

Javier Clemente's side could have taken the lead after just 10 minutes when a header from Sebastien Bassong rattled the bar.

WEDNESDAY'S AFRICAN RESULTS
Senegal 3 Guinea 0
Guinea Bissau 3 Gambia 1
Nigeria 2 Sierra Leone 1
DR Congo 2 Gabon 0
Macedonia 0 Cameroon 1
Swaziland 0 Zambia 4
Tanzania 1 Palestine 0
South Africa 2 Kenya 0
Cape Verde 1 Burkina Faso 0
Mozambique 1 Botswana 1
Morocco 3 Niger 0
Libya 3 Benin 2
Namibia 1 Malawi 2

Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto'o caused the Macedonians trouble for long spells but it was Mbuta, who plays in the United States, who eventually broke the deadlock.

The Cameroonians, who trail Senegal by two points in Group E of 2012 Nations Cup qualifying, travel to Dakar in March for their Group E tie.

In Lagos, Samson Siasia's first game in charge of Nigeria ended in triumph as the Super Eagles beat Sierra Leone 2-1.

The Eagles took the lead just after quarter of an hour when defender Taye Taiwo tucked a penalty past John Tyre in goal for the Leone Stars.

Leading scorer in the Nigeria Premier League Ekigho Ehiosun, on for the injured Turkey-based striker Emmanuel Emenike, then doubled the Eagles' lead in first-half stoppage time after a fine cross from debutant Joel Obi, who plays for Inter Milan.

However, the Leone Stars stepped up their game in the second 45 minutes and deservedly pulled a goal back on 89 minutes courtesy of the outstanding giant striker Mohammed Bangoura.

"I didn't say it was going to be easy," Siasia said after the game, as he acknowledged that he has much work to do to return Nigeria to its former glories.

In Johannesburg, South Africa beat Kenya 2-0 as Bafana Bafana warmed up for the important Nations Cup qualifier against Egypt next month.

Leeds United striker Davide Somma converted Anele Ngongca's cross to score his first international goal just two minutes into his second cap before captain Steven Pienaar netted at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in Rustenburg.

Pienaar scored from the edge of the penalty area in first-half stoppage time following a corner, registering his first strike for South Africa in nearly six years and only his third overall from over 50 internationals.

Morocco and Zambia were other clear-cut winners, with the Atlas Lions hitting two late goals to complete a 3-0 demolition of Niger while Chipolopolo fared even better by whipping Swaziland 4-0 in Manzini.

Mbark Boussoufa from Belgian club Anderlecht put the Moroccans ahead midway through the opening half in Marrakech, added a second from an 83rd-minute penalty and Mohamed al-Bekkali completed the scoring in stoppage time.

South Africa-based Zambians inflicted severe second-half damage with Collins Mbesuma, Isaac Chansa and Clifford Mulenga bagging goals after James Chamanga had nudged the visitors in front on 15 minutes.

Other matches in southern Africa were affected by weather with a rain-soaked pitch delaying Namibia and Malawi in Windhoek while severe heat forced an early finish to the first half between Mozambique and Botswana in Maputo.

Bernard Harawa scored six minutes from full-time as Malawi triumphed 2-1.

In Mozambique, the Zebras took a first-half lead through Moemedi Moatlhaping but Miro's 55th minute goal cancelled that out.

Gabon - co-hosts with Equatorial Guinea of the 2012 Cup of Nations -- overcame a DR Congo side lacking its home-based stars 2-0 in northern French city Rouen via goals from Stephane Nguema and veteran Daniel Cousin.

Tall striker Cicero Semedo took the individual honours with a 17-minute hat-trick as Guinea Bissau came from behind to defeat The Gambia 3-1 at Amadora near Portuguese capital Lisbon.

Tanzania defeated Palestine 1-0 in Dar es Salaam, Libya edged Benin 3-2 in Tripoli and Cape Verde Islands shaded Burkina Faso 1-0, thanks to Heldon Ramos' second-half goal, in Portugal in other friendlies.



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