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The third match day of the 2014 World Cup qualifying group phase gets underway this weekend with 18 matches playing across Africa

Congo 1-0 Gabon

The Republic of Congo humbled visiting Gabon 1-0 on Saturday in Pointe Noire to consolidate their leadership of Group E with nine points. Their lead will remain intact however the outcome of the second match of the group between 2013 Afcon runners-up Burkina Faso, who have recorded no point from their two games, and third-placed Niger with three points.

The Red Devils’ lone goal was scored by Queens Park Rangers central defender Christopher Samba in the 67th minute, after his side suffered domination at the hands of the Panthers during first half.

Namibia 0-1 Malawi

Malawi snatched a vital away win in Windhoek on Saturday over hosts Namibia in the 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifying to move to second place with five points in Group F behind Nigeria who managed to share the spoils at home with Kenya to keep stranglehold on the group with five points as well.

The Flames took matters into their hands early in the clash but bungled many goal chances before scrambling their winner 20 minutes to full-time through Gabadihno Mhango, who plays for local side Big Bullets. Namibia now sit third in the group with three points ahead of Kenya on two points.

Senegal 1-1 Angola

Senegal were held to a 1-1 draw by visiting Angola on Saturday in the 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifying played in the Guinean capital Conakry following Caf’s ban on the Teranga Lions’ home ground Sedar Senghor Stadium in Dakar.

The hosts, who wanted rebuild a new momentum of support from home fans with a victory, faced a highly determined Angola side, who were excellently defending, attacking and occupying spaces on the pitch.

Senegal however found the back of the net after the half hour mark through former Lille top scorer Moussa Sow, which was cancelled out by the Palancas Negras in the last quarter through Amaro.

The Teranga Lions had the chance to retake the lead when they were awarded a penalty but Chelsea forward Demba Ba’s spot kick was parried by Angola goalkeeper Landu.

Senegal are still leaders of Group J with five points.

Burkina Faso 4-0 Niger

Runners-up of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Burkina Faso pummelled their weekend visitors Niger 4-0 in the 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifying at the September 4 Stadium in Ouagadougou on Saturday to leap to second place of Group E with three points, but still trailing leaders Congo by six points.

Jonathan Pitroipa opened the scoring four minutes from kickoff while Aristide Bance doubled in the 36th minute. The Mena, who began to find their footing after the break, had issues compounded when Charles Kabore powered his side’s lead to 3-0, with Prejuce Nakoulma sealing the Stallions’ four-goal victory four minutes from full-time.

Burkina Faso, who had no point before this game, are now back in the competition having the same three points as Gabon and Niger.

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