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The third match day of the 2014 World Cup qualifying group phase continues on Sunday with nine games taking place throughout Africa


Equatorial Guinea 4-3 Cape Verde

Cape Verde failed to scramble a needed win to bounce back into the competition and now have little hope of advancing to the next stage after losing to Equatorial Guinea 4-3 in Malabo on Sunday.

The Blue Sharks are yet to win a match or a point in the 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifying and now sit at the bottom of Group B currently dominated by Tunisia with nine points.

The Nzalang Nacional captain Emilio Nsue of Mallorca netted a hat trick for the hosts while their fourth goal came through Claudiney Ramos. Djaniny scored a brace for the visitors, with a third coming from midfielder Platini. Equatorial Guinea are now on tie with Sierra Leone on four points but slightly behind to third position on goal differences.


Liberia 2-0 Uganda

Liberia defeated visiting Uganda 2-0 on Sunday in Paynesville to move to second position in Group J with four points, behind leaders Senegal on six.

Patrick Wleh put the Lone Stars on the lead after 36 minutes while Anthony Laffor wrapped up their two-goal win five minutes from the break.

Uganda are now first from bottom with two points behind third-placed Angola, who held the Teranga Lions to a 1-1 on Saturday in Conakry, Guinea.

DR Congo 0-0 Libya

The Democratic Republic of Congo were held to a goalless draw on Sunday at home in Kinshasa by Libya, who were formerly leaders of Group I but have now been overtaken by Cameroon on six points following their 2-1 victory against Togo on Saturday.

The Leopards, who were holding the second position of the group, have been relegated to third place with four points ahead of Togo on one point, while Libya are now second placed and trailing the Indomitable Lions by one point.


Rwanda 1-2 Mali

Mali obtained a crucial away victory over Rwanda at the Amahoro Stadium in Kigali on Sunday to leap to top of Group H with six points ahead of the Algeria-Benin game whose outcome could topple the Eagles from the group’s summit as the Squirrels hold four points, with the Fennec Foxes trailing by one.

The Amuvabi opened the scoring in the 37th minute through a strike from Meddie Kagere, while Mamadou Samassa of Serie A side Chievo equalised for the visitors 11 minutes from the break before Abdou Traore sealed their 2-1 triumph just before the hour mark.

Ethiopia 1-0 Botswana

Ethiopia snatched a late winner against visiting Botswana on Sunday in Addis Ababa through home-based striker Getaneh Kebede in the 88th minute of the clash that saw a well-organised Botswana team resist the hosts’ domination till the final moments of the 2014 World Cup qualifier.

The Walia Antelopes are now leaders of Group A with seven points ahead of South Africa who beat Central African Republic on Saturday 2-0 to record five points, while the Fauves’ three points keep them at third position in the group as Botswana sit at the bottom with one point.

Lesotho 1-1 Zambia

Zambia were held to a 1-1 draw by Lesotho in Maseru on Sunday during Group D second match, which saw the expulsion of the Chipolopolo goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene that depleted the visitors to 10 men during a better part of the encounter.

Orlando Pirates forward Collins Mbesuma gave Zambia the lead in the 73rd minute only to have it levelled in the 89th minute by Litsepe Marabe. However, Zambia keep stranglehold on the group with seven points irrespective of the outcome of Ghana - Sudan clash later on Sunday.

Mozambique 0-0 Guinea

Mozambique and Guinea settled for a goalless draw in Maputo on Sunday in Group G’s first game of the 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifying group phase third match day. A more experienced Syli National side had countless goal chances to put the game to bed but were hindered by the hosts’ massive defending style.

The draw puts Guinea second in the group with four points, but in the event of Zimbabwe’s victory over Egypt on Tuesday, the group could experience a new shuffle.

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