South Africa became the fourth country to qualify for the 2015 CAF Africa Cup of Nations with a 2-1 win over Sudan in Durban to top Group A, while Cameroon edged past Congo DR 1-0 to claim Group D. South Africa's qualifier took place in the hometown of the late Senzo Meyiwa, the Bafana Bafana goalkeeper who was tragically killed last month, and the victory allowed the Group A leaders to join already-qualified Algeria, Cape Verde and Tunisia.
Zambia edged hosts Mozambique 1-0 in Maputo to qualify in Group F with table toppers Cape Verde Islands, while Burkina Faso and Gabon qualified from Group C. Burkina Faso beat Lesotho 1-0 in Maseru and Gabon held home team Angola to a goalless draw in Luanda.
Second-half goals by Ikechukwu Uche and Aaron Samuel against Congo in Pointe-Noire boosted Nigeria's prospects of making it to Equatorial Guinea, who stepped in as hosts on Friday in place of Morocco. Nigeria now have to beat group leaders South Africa in Uyo on Wednesday to ensure automatic qualification behind Bafana Bafana regardless of Congo's result in Sudan also on Wednesday.
South Africa, Cameroon advance
South Africa secured their ticket against Sudan in Durban to record 11 points from five matches, meaning they will now not be under pressure when they visit Nigeria on Wednesday. Ajax midfielder Thulani Serero scored his first international goal for South Africa in the 38th minute, when he slotted home a cut-back from inside the box to give Bafana Bafana the lead.
Tokelo Rantie then doubled Bafana Bafana's advantage in the 53rd minute, when he dribbled his way past his markers before stabbing home past the Sudan goalkeeper. Sudan pulled a goal back through Al Hilal forward Salah Ibrahim in the 77th minute from close range.
Cameroon won Group D courtesy of a 71st match winner by Vincent Aboubakar against Congo DR in Yaounde. In Kampala, Uganda edged Ghana 1-0 after both teams played a 1-1 draw in Kumasi three months ago. Uganda match winner was Savio Kabugo, who fired the Cranes ahead after just ten minutes. But Uganda face a daunting trip to Morocco in midweek when they battle bottom team Guinea in a final game and Ghana host Togo.
Malawi revived their hopes of qualifying for the Nations Cup after they beat Mali 2-0 at the Kamuzu Banda Stadium in Blantyre. Second-half goals by Robert Ngambi and Kanyenda earned Malawi only their second win in the qualifying series. The Flames now have six points from five matches, the same as Mali, with Algeria already qualified. On Wednesday, Mali host Group winners Algeria and Malawi are away in Ethiopia.
Senegal joined Tunisia in qualifying from Group G after they stunned seven-time champions Egypt 1-0 in Cairo. They now have ten points from five matches, a point behind leaders Tunisia, and they could still win the group on Wednesday, when they host bottom team Botswana. Mame Biram Diouf scored the all-important goal after only eight minutes for Senegal. Egypt now need to win in Tunisia to stand any chance of finishing as the best third-placed qualifier.
Islanders Cape Verde won Group F after they beat Niger 3-1. They now have 12 points from five matches, four points more than closest rivals Zambia, who they play away on Wednesday.