The race to follow Egypt as holders of the African crown intensifies on Sunday
There were nine games in qualifying for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday. Scroll down for details of how Sunday's thrilling Africa Cup of Nations qualifying action unfolded - as Ivory Coast maintained their perfect qualifying record.
Mozambique 0 - 2 Zambia - result Congo Brazzaville 0 - 3 Ghana - result DR Congo 3 - 0 Mauritius - result Madagascar 1 - 1 Guinea - result Niger 3 - 1 Sierra Leone - result Sudan 3 - 0 Swaziland - result Ivory Coast 2 - 1 Benin - result Nigeria 4 - 0 Ethiopia - result Algeria 1 - 0 Morocco - result
2134 GMT Well that's it for today as Algeria beat Morocco 1-0. There is just one more qualifier to take place this weekend. That will be Libya v Comoros in the Malian capital, Bamako on Monday.
2003 GMT RESULT Uche makes it four for Nigeria in stoppage time as the Super Eagles collect all three points.
1949 GMT GOAL! Ikechukwu Uche profited from a mix-up in the Ethiopia defence to score on his Nigeria return.
1940 GMT RESULT It is three wins out of three for the Elephants in Accra.
1920 GMT GOAL! Peter Utaka gives some joy to the Super Eagles fans by extending Nigeria's lead in Abuja.
1915 GMT Our man in Accra reports that the crowd are overwhelmingly in support for their neighbours, Ivory Coast.
1914 GMT GOAL! Drogba has scored a second for Ivory Coast - this time from a Kader Keita pass.
1912 GMT There were erroneous reports of an Ethiopian equaliser. Just to confirm it is 1-0 to Nigeria.
1851 GMT It is half time in Abuja. Nigeria are struggling to dominate. Despite an early goal, the Super Eagles have missed a flurry of chances.
1848 GMT Peter Utaka shoots agonisingly wide as Nigeria attack Ethiopia's goal.
1838 GMT Our man in Nigeria says the Super Eagles fans are singing "All we are saying, give us one goal."
1831 GMT Obinna Nsofor dribbles past four Ethiopian players to free Anichebe in the box, but the Everton man miscued his kick. A missed opportunity for the Super Eagles.
1829 GMT Abebaw Butako Bune beat Efe Ambrose in the Nigerian box, but a timely tackle by Ahmed Musa prevents the petite midfielder from levelling the score.
1827 GMT GOAL! Wonderful equaliser from Drogba for Ivory Coast. Game on!
1805 GMT GOAL! Nigeria are wasting no time in Abuja. Peter Utaka has given the Super Eagles the lead barely 35 seconds (!) into the game. Is this fastest goal in Nations Cup history?
1756 GMT GOAL! Benin are up 1-0 after a major howler from the Elephants. Seidah Tchomogo was the man on target after 23 minutes as Ivorian goalkeeper failed to keep hold of the ball.
1754 GMT Fans applaud Super Eagles legends as former captains Nwankwo Kanu and Jay Jay Okocha arrive in stadium
1752 GMT Kalou has a goal disallowed v Benin in Accra as Drogba was ruled offside.
1749 GMT Stadium still pretty empty with just over ten minutes to go till Nigeria v Ethiopia. Our man in Nigeria tells there is surprise among local fans and journalists that Obafemi Martins will be sitting out the game.
1741 GMT Ivory Coast v Benin has kicked off in half-full stadium in Accra. Pretty decent we say given that the match is taking place on neutral territory. But who will they be cheering?
1735 GMT Ivory Coast v Benin set to kick off in Accra as national anthems are belted out
1728 GMT Team news Benin will have to deal with the fearsome duo of Drogba and Kalou upfront for Ivory Coast. No Yaya Toure in the line-up. He misses out after picking up a leg injury in Manchester City's 2-0 loss to Chelsea a week ago.
1711 GMT Still to come today: Nigeria kick off against Ethiopia at 1800 in Abuja and the all North African affair between Algeria and Morocco starts at 1930.
1708 GMT RESULT Niger score in the dying minutes of the game to defeat Sierra Leone 3-1
1702 GMT Ivory Coast set for 1730 kick-off against Benin in Accra
1650 GMT GOAL! Defensive blunder from the Leone Stars give Niger the lead for the first time in the game.
1645 GMT RESULT It's the second 3-0 scoreline of the day. Relief, no doubt, in Kinshasa as DR Congo secure their first victory of the 2012 Nations Cup qualifying campaign. Their work is still cut out for them though as they go second with four points in Group D.
1639 GMT RESULT It's all over in Brazzaville. Ghana are 3-0 winners over Brazzaville. The Black Stars remain top of Group I with seven points. England next!!
1635 GMT GOAL! Niger scored an equaliser against Sierra Leone! It's now 1-1.
1628 GMT Team News Odemwingie on the bench for Nigeria, while Ayenugba starts in goal. Peter Utaka and Anichebe will lead the line against Ethiopia.
1625 GMT GOAL! And it's three for Ghana in Brazzaville. Sulley Muntari is the man on target
1614 GMTGOAL! Diba Ilunga has scored DR Congo's third goal from the penalty spot. How many more can the Leopards score against Mauritius?
1601 GMT GOAL! DR Congo go 2-0 up against Mauritius in Kinshasa at the start of the second half, thanks to Matumona Zola, while Ghana maintain their 2-0 lead in Brazzaville.
1600 GMT It's half-time in Niamey Sierra Leone still lead 1-0.
1555 GMT Zerihun, an Ethiopian in Brussels emails: "I am a bit disappointed that no-one is saying anything about the opponents of Nigeria. You know that they are playing against Ethiopia. I am not hoping that we can produce something against them but when I heard that Obafemi Martins, Osaze Odemwingie and Victor Anichebe are back, I started shaking at the prospect of being hammered by the Super Eagles."
1537 GMT A quick reminder of what's still to come. Sudan v Swaziland is the next game to kick-off, at 1700 GMT. Then the three big ones, late in the day. In Abuja it's Nigeria against Ethiopia at 1800 GMT; in Accra (because of the
political situation back home
) it's Ivory Coast versus Benin, and finally Algeria against Morocco.
1533 GMT GOAL! Sierra Leone take the lead in Niamey against Niger. Mohamed Bangoura is the scorer. 23 minutes gone in that game now.
1530 GMT GOAL! Ghana double their lead in Brazzaville. Dominic Adiyiah is the scorer this time as the Black Stars lead Congo 2-0 going into halftime.
1527 GMT Aponsah, a Ghanaian in Sudan, emails: "Guess Champions League is priority for released England players and their teams, but Ghana is going to beat England with or without those stars. But first, a good win this afternoon will set the tone for the Tuesday showdown. Go!! Black Stars!"
1522 GMT That's in Nigeria's group - pool B of qualifying. But Guinea's point in Madagascar means the Syli National will top the table whatever happens in Abuja this evening.
1519 GMT RESULT Seems the Madagascar v Guinea game kicked-off a lot earlier than we were all expecting. It's all over in Antananarivo - and it's honours even. AFP news agency reports Yvan Rajaonarimana as putting the home team in front on 17 minutes, with Djoulde Bah equalising for the visitors ten minutes from time.
1510 GMT GOAL! DR Congo take the lead against Mauritius. Lomana Lualua with the penalty after Diba Ilunga was brought down.
1505 GMT GOAL! Ghana take the lead in Brazzaville! Prince Tagoe the scorer. In Niamey meanwhile the teams are out for Niger v Sierra Leone. Kick-off imminent.
1458 GMT GOAL! AND FINAL WHISTLE! Zambia continue the theme of late goals this weekend (Senegal, SA yesterday) and Emmanuel Mayuka scores in the 92nd minute to earn a 2-0 victory over Mozambique in Maputo. Great result for Zambia.
1457 GMT 17 minutes gone in Kinshasa, DR Congo are dominating the game against Mauritius but they haven't been able to break through yet.
1453 GMT Zim-Canadian texts to ask if Zimbabwe's Warriors can follow their southern African colleagues in having a good weekend. Sadly for Zim fans, they were beaten 1-0 by Mali in Bamako last night. They're third in Group A, but five points behind the leaders - Cape Verde (see sms at 1441 below).
1451 GMT Four minutes to go in Maputo. Chipolopolo of Zambia are holding on to their 1-0 lead against Mozambique. They're into stoppage time...
1441 GMT Nicks in Nigeria texts on +44 77 86 20 20 08 to say things are changing across the continent. "I think there's a changing of guards in African football. While some African powers like Egypt and Tunisia are stumbling, teams like Botswana, Niger and Cape Verde - once considered as minnows - are emerging as forces to reckoned with. It's great for the African game."
1430 GMT The matches is Brazzaville, Kinshasa and Antananarivo are all getting going about now. Madagascar/Guinea fans - apologies for failing to give you the big build-up. The main news from that one so far is that Guinea's Pascal Feindouno is due to make his return for the Syli National.
1426 GMT Counting down the minutes to ko in DR Congo's game against Mauritius and Ghana's away clash with Congo in Brazzaville. Ken, a Ghanaian in Ukraine, texts on +44 77 86 20 20 08 to say "I hope Ghana wins against Congo. Away games are very tricky but I feel we could get a result. Let's go Black Stars."
1425 GMT The second half of the game in Maputo is well underway - but there's still no change in that scoreline just yet. Zambia still leading Mozambique by a goal to nil.
1419 GMT A texter from the USA asks "did Botswana really qualify?" The answer is an unequivocal yes! Their 1-0 win in Chad yesterday makes the Zebras the first team to secure a place in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon 2012. Hear what it means to their fans
1416 GMT Nigeria are playing much later this evening - but here's a reminder of the pressure that comes with the job of Super Eagles coach. Abasiubong emails from the University of Uyo with this: "I believe in the abilities of coach Samson Siasia. He is the Messiah of Nigerian football." The good news for Siasia (first reported at 1253) is that Obafemi Martins, Osaze Odemwingie and Victor Anichebe are all available.
1412 GMT DR Congo are more ambitious than that - but they need to get moving. They have only a single point from their two games so far and Senegal are roaring away at the top of the table in Group E with a maximum nine. TP Mazembe man Dioko Kaluyituka is missing through illness but Lomana Lualua is in the squad.
1408 GMT And an update ahead of the DR Congo v Mauritius game in Kinshasa (which is also a 1430 GMT ko). Our man in DRC reports that Mauritius are accepting they're not going to qualify for the Nations Cup - instead they're using the campaign to prepare for the Indian Ocean Island Games.
1406 GMT Some team news from Ghana's game against Congo Brazzaville. Asamoah Gyan is suspended so Goran Stevanovic goes with Prince Tagoe and Dominic Adiyiah up front. Match scheduled to start at 1430 GMT.
1402 GMT Thoughts on Fabio Capello's decision to
release some of England's top stars
ahead of the game against Ghana at Wembley on Tuesday. Fred, a Black Stars fan, emails: "I hope England will not use this as an excuse for losing to Ghana. Go Black Stars Go!!! "
1400 GMT "At this moment I feel how much I love this country" - the words of Demba Ba when asked what he felt as he scored the
late late goal
to give Senegal a dramatic win over Cameroon yesterday. You'll be able to hear his thoughts on
1351 GMT It's halftime in Maputo - Zambia lead Mozambique through James Chamanga's goal.
1344 GMT Anonymous texter on +44 77 86 20 20 08: "I'm watching Brazil tearing Scotland apart and I'm equally hoping my Zambia is doing the same in Mozambique." If you want to follow the Scotland game you can do so
1341 GMT They're approaching halftime in Maputo - and Zambia at the moment are still in front. It would be a great results for Chipolopolo to win this game - although Philip emails to claim: "we usually score more against Mozambique!"
1325 GMT Jackson in Lusaka emails: "We are waiting to see if they can continue putting pressure on and win [but] so far so good!"
1321 GMT GOAL! Zambia take the lead in Maputo. Our man watching the action reports: "James Chamanga broke loose after a defensive blunder by the Mozambique full back Dario Khan and struck a low shot into the far corner." The goal came in the 15th minute. Zambia will go to the top of Group C if they win this game.
1315 GMT Still your reactions to yesterday's excitement. Samson in Benin City, Nigeria emails: "Very happy for the results across Africa especially South Africa and Senegal defeating Egypt and Cameroon respectively. Now I look forward to the Nigeria match [against Ethiopia] which we will win!" Email us on email@example.com or send an sms to +44 77 86 20 20 08.
1310 GMT Heavy rain is expected across southern Africa today - it's certainly forecast for Maputo, and for Lusaka too, where the Zambian U23 side will be playing Rwanda in an Olympic qualifier later.
1300 GMT And the first game of the day is underway. It's in Group C and Mozambique are hosting Zambia in Maputo. The Mambas will go three points clear at the top with a win. The other match from this pool is delayed until Monday night when Libya take on Comoros Islands. For
the game is not in Tripoli. It has been moved to Bamako in Mali.
1255 GMT Ghana fans will be concentrating on events in Brazzaville this afternoon, as the Black Stars take on Congo - but then they will turn their attention to London and the friendly against England. And it's bad news for those hoping to see a full strength England side. Fabio Capello is not
1253 GMT Good news for Nigerian fans is that their injured trio of Osaze Odemwingie, Obafemi Martins and Victor Anichebe are all fit to play - despite fears that we would miss out. A big surprise, according to our man in Abuja.
1249 GMT No other side can match
performance in qualifying for the finals - but Ivory Coast can run away at the top of Group H if they beat Benin in Accra tonight; Ghana will hope to take a decisive lead in their pool - although Sudan will keep pace if they bear Swaziland - and Nigeria want a win in Abuja over Ethiopia and will be hoping for Guinea to slip up in Madagascar.
1240 GMT Welcome to the BBC's live coverage of Sunday's action in qualifying for Equatorial Guinea and Gabon 2012. There are nine matches scheduled to be played today. If they match the drama of
then it'll be worth sticking around.
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