The trio tasted defeats in encounters much was expected of them as the journey for the places at the final tournament of the 31st edition of the showpiece continental football tournament gathers momentum.
In Nouakchott, Mauritania overwhelmed South Africa beating them 3-1 to boost their chances in Group M. ‘Les Mourabitounes’ went up after five minutes after Bafana Bafana goalie Itumeleng Khune failed to make a firm grab of a shot from Ali Abeid from a free-kick.
Despite playing with a man less after David Zulu was shown a straight red card six minutes after the break, South Africa drew level on 69 minutes courtesy a Thamsanqa Mabuza header.
Late goals from Boubacar Beyguili and Moulaye Ahmed secured a convincing win for the Mauritanians, their first of the campaign.
Elsewhere, Tunisia tasted defeat for the first time in the qualifiers after Liberia beat them 1-0 in Monrovia. Striker Francis Doe scored the only on 79 minutes to revive the chances of the Lone Stars.
Striker Ferebory Dore was the hero for Congo scoring four times in their 4-2 win over Guinea Bissau at Bissau in Group E. Dore completed his hat-trick on 62 minutes before Zezinho pulled one back for the hosts.
Dore restored the three-goal lead on 65 minutes and Zezinho reduced the deficit for the homers on 80 minutes.
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