Nigeria,Ghana rout opponents in Africa Cup qualifiers

Mar 28, 2011

Ghana got the perfect boost ahead of their Tuesday friendly with England at Wembley when they crushed Congo 3-0 in a 2012 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

Serbia-based strikers Prince Tagoe and Dominic Adiyiah scored in the first half for the 2010 World Cup quarter-finalists and on-loan Sunderland midfielder Sulley Muntari added a third goal just before full-time.

Asamoah Gyan missed the Brazzaville match due to suspension, leaving replacement Tagoe to make the most of his chance by opening the scoring before Partizan Belgrade team-mate Adiyiah added a second just before half-time. 

Few teams enjoy tackling a Congolese side starring Blackburn Rovers defender Christopher Samba in their backyard, but Ghana the exception, have won two previous Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers there.

The Black Stars climbed to seven points from three Group I outings, but Sudan remained hot on their heels thanks to a 3-0 triumph over Swaziland in Omdurman with Mohammed Bisha scoring in each half before Mohammed al-Tahir scored in the final minute.

Ghana and Sudan have accumulated seven points each with the former topping the table because they have scored one goal more.

Didier Drogba scored twice as Côte D'Ivoire defeated Benin 2-1 to maintain their 100 per cent record in CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifying.

The Chelsea striker cancelled out Seidah Tchomogo's opener and then grabbed the winner after latching on to a pass from Kader Keita as the Elephants maintained their secured their third win in as many games. The Ivory Coast are now five points clear of Benin at the top of Group H.

Zambia moved two points clear of Libya in Group C with a 2-0 victory over Mozambique thanks to goals from James Chamanga and Emmanuel Mayuka before a capacity 30,000 crowd at Machava Stadium in Maputo.

China-based Chamanga pushed Chipolopolo ahead just 11 minutes into the first half and Mayuka put the outcome beyond doubt with a stoppage-time goal.

Congo DR pushed four-time African champions Cameroon down to third place in Group E after a comfortable 3-0 victory over Mauritius in Kinshasa.

Recalled Tresor Lualua and Yves Ilunga converted penalty kicks and Matumona Zola was also on target for the Congolese. Cameroon lost 1-0 to Senegal on Saturday. 

Guinea lost their 100 per cent Group B record, but stayed on top after coming from behind to draw 1-1 with ten-man Madagascar in Antananarivo where an early Yvan Rajaonarimana goal was cancelled by Djoulde Bah with ten minutes to go.

Nigeria moved to within a point of Guinea at the top of Group B thanks to a convincing 4-0 win over Ethiopia. Peter Utaka put the Super Eagles ahead inside the first minute and the Odense striker doubled his side's advantage before two late Ikechukwu Uche goals completed the rout.

Niger closed the gap on Group C pacesetters South Africa to a single point by coming from behind in Niamey to defeat Sierra Leone 3-1 in a West Africa showdown. South Africa downed holders Egypt with the last kick of the match to secure a 1-0 win over Egypt in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Rwanda secured their first win of the qualifiers beating Burundi 3-1 easing the pressure on coach Sellas Tetteh.

The victory for the Amavubi puts their Group H campaign back on track after losing their first two group matches.

Minnows Botswana secured their first ever Africa Cup of Nations place on Saturday when beating Chad 1-0 in Group K of the 2012 qualifiers.

Striker Jerome Ramatlhakwane scored the early second half goal that brought Botswana a 1-0 triumph in Chad.

The win put the Zebras at 16 points, making them the first team to qualify for next year's tournament which will be co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

Africa Cup qualifiers weekend results

Mozambique 0-2 Zambia

Cape Verde 4-2 Liberia

Mali 1-0 Zimbabwe

Nigeria 4-0 Ethiopia

Madagascar 1-1 Guinea

Tanzania 2-1 Central African Republic

Senegal 1-0 Cameroon

DR Congo 3-0 Mauritius

Burkina Faso 4-0 Namibia

South Africa 1-0 Egypt

Niger 3-1 Sierra Leone

Ivory Coast 2-1 Benin

Rwanda 3-1 Burundi

Sudan 0-3 Swaziland

Congo 0-3 Ghana

Guinea Bissau 0-1 Uganda

Kenya 2-1 Angola

Malawi 1-0 Togo

Chad 0-1 Botswana


Compiled from FIFA and CAF