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The road to the 2013 Afcon begins on Wednesday with a full round of fixtures involving many African teams, including Algeria and Cameroon

Madagascar 0-4 Cape Verde
The two island nations met on Wednesday afternoon in the first of the day's 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, and it was the national team from Cape Verde who would end the 90 minutes on top, trouncing the hosts in Antananarivo.

Two goals in the first half from Dady and Ryan Mendes were complimented by a further two in the second half through Fernando Varela and Toni Varela, putting the Malagasy in a difficult position ahead of the second leg in June.
Rwanda 0-0 Nigeria


Ethiopia 0-0 Benin
Ethiopia welcomed Benin in this Afcon qualifier, with the hosts looking to take advantage of the home crowd ahead of June's second leg encounter.

This was not to be, however, and although a few chances went begging, little was created and the game ended in a goalless stalemate.

Benin will be the happier of the two sides following the result, as they now have the opportunity to go for the win in front of their own supporters.
Congo 3-1 Uganda


The Cranes of Uganda travelled to Congo for the first leg of their Afcon qualifying tie, and the home side did well to register a 3-1 victory over the Cranes at Pont Noire.

An early lead from the Congolese was a perfect start, but the east Africans made it 1-1.

The Cecafa champions had a player sent off, and that changed the complexion of the game, with Mayende scoring from the spot to put Congo ahead, before the home side ended the game as 3-1 winners.
Burundi 2-1 Zimbabwe


Burundi hosted the Warriors of Zimbabwe in this encounter, with the visitors playing a determined game, but home advantage won out in the end.

The Warriors scored through Knowledge Musona, but Burundi cancelled that strike out while getting the winner through Valery Nahayo.

The ball is now in Zimbabwe's court, and they will be confident that they can make sure of progress to the next round with a good result in Harare.
Seychelles 0-4 DR Congo
The islanders faced a tough challenge on Wednesday as they took on the might of DR Congo, and the away team proved too strong for the hosts.

The impressive Congolese raced into the lead with first half goals from Alain Kaluyituka and Tresor Mputu. Kaluyituka made it 3-0 in the second half, and a final strike made it 4-0 for the visitors.

The tie is virtually over at this point, with DR Congo hosting the second leg in June and a four-goal advantage to rely on.
Tanzania 1-1 Mozambique



Tanzania welcomed Mozambique in this Afcon qualifier, with the Taifa Stars aiming to get a positive result in order to be confident ahead of the second leg later in the year.

The Mambas took the lead in the first half through Cleusio Bauque, with a great individual effort to put the away side in the driver's seat.

The match was not over, however, and Tanzania managed to equalise through Mwinyi Kazimoto, ending the match in a 1-1 draw and leaving the tie wide open ahead of the second leg in Maputo.
Chad 3-2 Malawi
Malawi travelled to Chad in a familiar match, as the two teams were in the same group in the last Afcon qualification series for the tournament in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

Chad was able to beat the visiting Malawians in a five-goal thriller, with Mahamat Labbo opening the scoring for the home team, before Ntusaye Nyondo levelled matters going into half time.

Leger Djime was the hero of the second half for Chad, scoring two goals to put the side into a comfortable lead, meaning that Robin Ngalande's strike was nothing more than a consolation.
Kenya 2-1 Togo


The Harambee Stars of Kenya clashed with Emmanuel Adebayor's Togolese national team, and the hosts were pleased to emerge victorious.

Dennis Odhiambo was on hand to put the Stars in front in Nairobi, but Razak Boukhari did well to level for the Sparrow Hawks.

On 66 minutes Allan Wanga sent the partisan crowd into fits of joy as he scored the winner, making it 2-1 for Kenya.
Sao Tome 2-1 Sierra Leone
Sao Tome e Principe did well to beat their more favoured opponents Sierra Leone 2-1 in front of their own supporters.

The minnows have the advantage going into the second leg in Freetown, and if they are able to put up a similar performance in the next game they will find themselves in the next round of 2013 Afcon qualifying.
Guinea Bissau 0-1 Cameroon


The Indomitable Lions did not qualify for the 2012 Afcon, so they were determined to put things right ahead of next year's competition by starting their qualification campaign on the right foot against Guinea Bissau.

They stuttered, however, and left it very late, but a Eric Choupo-Moting strike in injury time was enough to give them a slight advantage and the win without captain Samuel Eto'o, who is serving a ban.
Liberia 1-0 Namibia


Liberia welcomed Namibia to the country in their Afcon qualifier, and it was the Lone Star who emerged victorious in this first leg.

The Liberians created a number of chances, but the southern Africans did well to thwart most of them. Namibia could not keep a clean sheet throughout the game though, and Dioh Williams came good with the winner for the home side.

The second leg could go either way, however, as Windhoek will see an open game with only a goal dividing the two national teams.
Gambia 1-2 Algeria


The Fennecs made the trip to Gambia, who threw a spanner in the works against the north African giants, as Modou Ceesay opened the scoring and put them into the lead, but the visitors fought back and equalised through Sofiane Feghouli.

The winner followed two minutes later as the Fennecs gained a first leg advantage thanks to Anther Yahia's goal, making it 2-1 and setting up an interesting second leg for the Gambians.

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