Ibrahima Diedhiou, a Belgium-based central defender wearing pink boots, unleashed a ninth-minute shot from the centre circle that flew over goalkeeper Sabri Ben Hassen into the net. It was the second time in two African qualifying tournament games that Ben Hassen strayed off his line and was beaten by a long-range shot with Zambian Ronald Kampamba the scorer last Saturday.
South Africa survived a nervous finale to defeat Zambia 3-2 in the first match of a double-header, and a draw against Tunisia in coastal city M'Bour Friday will squeeze them into the semi-finals on goals scored. A South African victory seemed unlikely in the opening half as they lacked movement in the scorching mid-afternoon heat while Zambia threatened going forward.
Conlyde Luchanga volleyed Zambia into a 1-0 half-time lead on 35 minutes not long after a brilliant tip over from South African goalkeeper Jody February prevented Benedict Chepeshi scoring. But the South Africans were a transformed side after the break and scored three times within eight minutes for a 3-1 advantage.
Menzi Masuku held off several challenges to level and Gift Motupa bagged a brace, heading home from close range, then firing past Zambia goalkeeper and captain Toaster Nsabata. Billy Mutale punished sloppy South African marking at a corner with 17 minutes left to trigger a tense climax. Matchday 4 features a Group B double-header in M'Bour, 70 kilometres (44 miles) south of Dakar, Wednesday with Algeria tackling Mali followed by Egypt against Nigeria.