A Samuel Eto’o absent Cameroon drubbed Yaya Toure’s Ivory Coast 4-1 in an entertaining Group D encounter that was played in Yaoundé. The Indomitable Lions opened the score sheet as early as the 15th minute through a Clinton Njie wonder goal.
The Ivoirians were quick to respond and grabbed the equaliser ten minutes later after Toure tapped in the ball from close range only for Vincent Aboubakar to restore Cameroon’s lead in the 36th minute.
The Cameroonians bombarded their visitor’s goal yard in the second half and were duly rewarded in the 54th minute when Aboubakar grabbed his brace from close range. Njie killed off the game as a contest with his second in the 76th minute with his second of the afternoon.
In Group A, South Africa played out a goalless draw against Nigeria in a match Bafana Bafana could have easily won had they converted their chances. Bafana find themselves second on four points trailing surprise leaders Congo-Brazzaville by 2 points.
Congo climbed to the summit of the log courtesy of a 2-0 home win against Sudan. The Congolese got their goals from Ferebory Dore and Prince Oniangue.
An 84th minute Carl Medjani goal gave Algeria a famous 1-0 win over West African giants Mali in a Group B encounter while Malawi shocked Ethiopia 3-2.
In Group C, things got worse for Angola as they suffered a 0-3 home demolition from Burkina Faso. The Burkinabee got their goals from Aristinde Bance and a Jonathan Pitroipa brace in the 49th and 57th minutes. Angola is yet to collect a point.
Emmanuel Adebayor’s Togo gave away their 1-0 lead to Ghana in Group E and were punished 2-3 in Lome. Togo grabbed the opener in the 12th minute through Floyd Ayite. Asamoah Gyan found the equaliser 12 minutes later from close range.
In the 34th minute, Agyeman Badu took the Black Stars 2-1 up before Adebayor powered the home side’s leveller with a precise header. But the Ghanaians pressed on and stole the winner five minutes from time through Chriastian Atsu.
In another Group E match, Uganda defeated Guinea 2-0.
2012 AFCON champions Zambia fell 2-1 to emerging powerhouse Cape Verde in a thrilling Group F encounter while Mozambique and Niger played out to a 1-1 stalemate.
Goals in each half from Sadio Mane (34th) and Dame N’doye (84th) ensured that Senegal took Group G pole position with an impressive away win over Botswana. Egypt got off the table mark by collecting all three points away to Tunisia thanks to a Fakhreddine Ben Youssef 14th minute goal.