Africa World Cup 2014 qualifying wrap: Tunisia, Egypt & Algeria qualify to next round, as Cameroon, Senegal sustain the suspense

The fifth match day of the Africa 2014 World Cup qualifying second round phase continues on Sunday across the continent

Mali 2-2 Benin

Mali were held to a 2-2 draw by Benin on Sunday in Bamako, as both national sides crash out of the qualifying campaign with 8 and 5 points respectively with Algeria claiming the group’s berth to the next round of the competition.

Sunderland’s Stephane Sessegnon opened the scoring for the Squirrels after 8 minutes before Mamadou Samassa of Italian side Chievo Verona levelled for the Eagles from the spot kick.

Zamalek’s Razak Omotoyossi put the visitors ahead once more in the 32nd minute but saw the lead cancelled out in 69th minute by Cheick Diabate.

Guinea 2-0 Zimbabwe

Guinea played for honour before their home fans at the Stade du 28 Septembre in Conakry on Sunday, beating visiting Zimbabwe 2-0, however, both teams go nowhere further in the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign after  Egypt clinched Group G’s spot earlier in the day.

Lyon’s striker Mohamed Yattara scored the Syli National’s two goals in the 39th and 90th minutes.

Equatorial Guinea 1-1 Tunisia

Tunisia have joined Cote D’Ivoire, Egypt and Ethiopia as teams that have booked their places in the final round of the Africa 2014 World Cup qualifying, following their 1-1 draw against Equatorial Guinea on Sunday in Malabo that powered their lead to 11 points while the hosts crash out of the campaign.

Juvenal Edjogo-Owono, who plays for Spanish Segunda Division side CE Sabadell FC, gave the Nzalang Nacional the lead after 36 minutes by transforming a penalty, with Oussama Darragi of Swiss side FC Sion equalising in the 64th minute also from the spot kick.

Liberia 0-2 Senegal

Senegal snatched a vital 2-0 away win against Liberia on Sunday in Group J’s second encounter in the fifth match day of the World Cup qualifying to topple Uganda from the top on 9 points.

Newcastle’s Papiss Cisse scored the two penalties awarded to the Teranga Lions, which however caused some commotions in the stands when frustrated fans attempted to protest the referee’s decisions.
DR Congo 0-0 Cameroon

The Democratic Republic of Congo were held at home to a goalless draw by neighbours and regional giants Cameroon in the World Cup qualifying second round penultimate match on Sunday at the Stade des Martyrs in Kinshasa.

The Leopards were hopeful of a home win to brighten their chances in Group I, currently dominated by Libya on 9 points. This outcome makes sure the Indomitable Lions remain second placed in the group with 7 points ahead of their hosts, who are third with 6 points and will not be able to advance even if they will their last match against Togo next September.

Mozambique 0-1 Egypt

Egypt have qualified for the final round of the Africa World Cup qualifying after disposing of Mozambique 1-0 at the Estadio da Machava in Maputo on Sunday to complete a flawless run of five victories in five matches with a total of 15 points.

Once again, in form striker Mohamed Salah was the man to hand the Pharaohs their final win in the second round of the qualifying, to finish top scorer with five goals on tie with Algeria’s Islam Slimani at this level of the competition.

Rwanda 0-1 Algeria

Algeria beat Rwanda at home in Kigali 1-0 on Sunday to strengthen their lead at the summit of Group H to 12 points but are yet to qualify to the next stage of the qualifying, as second-placed Mali, with 7 points ahead of their home game against Benin, still have the chance to reach the top.

Midfielder Saphir Sliti Taider of Serie A side Bologna scored the Fennec Foxes’ lone goal in the 52nd minute, from a long range assist delivered by Islam Slimani. Rwanda crash out of the campaign with 2 points bagged from five games.