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The continent begins its final journey towards the 2014 competition in Brazil with a number of qualifying matches throughout Africa

Burkina Faso 0-0 Congo

The Stallions of Burkina Faso took on Congo in Ouagadougou at the Stade du 4 aout, but neither side was able to outdo the other, with the first half coming to a close with matters still goalless.

The second half was a similar affair, and no goals were forthcoming from either national team in what was their first match in World Cup qualifying for Brazil 2014.

Burkina Faso will be disappointed to have settled for a draw at home, while the result is a great deal more favourable from Congo's perspective.
Senegal 3-1 Liberia

Senegal's Teranga Lions hosted Liberia in a World Cup qualifier that would be the first match in Group J.

Liberia took a surprise early lead in the encounter, with Francis Doe scoring in the second minute to put the visitors on the front foot.

The Teranga Lions were caught off guard, but their experience allowed them to take back possession and in the 32nd minute they equalised through Ibrahima Balde. In the second half Solomon Grimes was sent off for Liberia.

That was a turning point in the match, and the Teranga Lions were soon in front, with Dame N'Doye scoring in the 72nd minute before Sadio Mane put the match beyond doubt seven minutes from time. The game ended 3-1, and a stunning comeback was complete.

Senegal earned three points as a result, while Liberia will wonder what could have been had Grimes not been sent off.
Algeria - Rwanda

Sudan 2-0 Zambia

The Chipolopolo and the Falcons of Jedaine squared off in a match that would see the east Africans welcoming the champions of Africa.

The game would have to wait until the second half for a goal to be scored, and to many people's surprise it was Sudan who opened the scoring through Mohamed Tahir in the 49th minute.

If that seemed to be against the script for this entertaining game, a second goal in the 72nd minute through Saifeldin Ali was certainly not expected, but Sudan did supremely well and deserved their 2-0 victory over the Chipolopolo, starting their World Cup qualifying campaign in the best possible way.
Cote d'Ivoire 2-0 Tanzania
Tunisia 3-1 Equatorial Guinea
Sierra Leone 2-1 Cape Verde

Sierra Leone welcomed Cape Verde to Freetown and made their advantage obvious with a 10th minute strike from Mo Kamara, making it 1-0 to the Leone Stars.

Straight out of the blocks and keeping the fans pleased with a fine attacking performance, Sierra Leone added a second through Sheriff Suma in the 26th minute. With a last gasp effort Cape Verde were able to pull one back in the 94th minute, but Ze Luis' goal would go down as little more than a consolation, as the referee blew the final whistle with the score set at 2-1 for Sierra Leone.

The result means that Sierra Leone earn three points in Group B, while Cape Verde will have to wait for the next round of matches for the opportunity to get off the mark.
Gambia 1-1 Morocco

The Gambians welcomed the Atlas Lions of Morocco for the opening match of their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign. The Scorpions went ahead with a goal early in the first half through Abdou Jammeh, stunning their more illustrious opponents.

The teams went into the break with the score at 1-0 for Gambia, a fantastic start for new coach Luciano Mancini. The dream result was not to be for Gambia, however, and the Atlas Lions were able to equalise through Houssine Kharja with 15 minutes left on the clock.

The match ended 1-1, meaning that both teams will take only a single point out of the fixture, before turning their thoughts to fellow Group C challengers Cote d'Ivoire and Tanzania, which they will face in future matches.
Kenya 0-0 Malawi

The match at the Moi International Sports Centre in Nairobi began brightly for Kenya, with Dennis Oliech coming close to scoring early on, but the Harambee Stars struggled to find their groove at home, a theme that seems to be consistently frustrating them of late.

Malawi had a penalty appeal turned down late in the game, as around 25,000 fans breathed a collective sigh of relief.

The match ended goalless, and the Flames return to Malawi with a valuable away point from their first Group F encounter. The Kenyans will be disappointed after missing out on a home win, considering the fact that they will need to face Namibia and the Super Eagles of Nigeria in future matches.
C.A.R 2-0 Botswana

The Zebras of Botswana travelled the the Central African Republic armed with the knowledge that their opponents had never won a World Cup qualifier, but the home side seemed determined to rectify that poor record.

In the 40th minute the home fans were ecstatic as Kethevoama Foxi scored for Les Fauves to put them in the lead and set up a mouthwatering clash in Bangui. With the score at 1-0 going into the second half, the home side was feeling confident, and on 57 minutes Foxi scored his second to make it 2-0.

It could have been 3-0 had it not been for the fact that a goal was annulled. The Barthelemy Boganda stadium witnessed history as the match ended 2-0 to Central African Republic, registering their first ever World Cup qualification victory.

The result means that Group A is headed by Les Fauves on three points, while Botswana remain on zero points, and the two teams will now await the meeting between South Africa and Ethiopia on Sunday to determine how they stand going into the second round of matches in a week's time.
Cameroon 1-0 DR Congo

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