African friendly round-up report: Burkina Faso stun Morocco, as Egypt, Tunisia knock off opponents

With less than a month to wrap up the second round final match day of the 2014 World Cup qualifying, African teams warmed up with intensive friendlies on Wednesday

Senegal 1-1 Zambia

Senegal and Zambia ended their friendly meeting in Saint-Leu near Paris in a 1-1 draw on Wednesday, with the Teranga Lions conceding early in the 2nd minute when Jacob Mulenga exploited a defensive blunder to push his effort past goalkeeper Cheikh N’Diaye.

Buoyed up by a huge support from local supporters composed of the West African diaspora, Senegal pulled level six minutes later when Lokomotiv Moscow striker Dame N’doye cleverly beat the off side trap to head home a lob from Salif Sane.

Senegal maintained ascendancy for the rest of the session but failed to find the Chipolopolo back net, with Mame Biram Diouf bungling a couple of clear cut chances that could have helped them dominate the COSAFA Cup champions.

Morocco 1-2 Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso pulled off a shock on Wednesday in Tanger when they defeated hosts Morocco in a friendly match which the Atlas Lions coach Rachid Taoussi intended to use to atone for their elimination from the 2014 World Cup qualifying.

Chelsea’s young star Bertrand Traore opened the scoring in the 8th minute, while Abdoulrazak Traore doubled for the visitors in the 51st minute. Abdelaziz Barrada reduced the deficit for Morocco by the hour mark to end the clash at 2-1.

Gabon 1-1 Cape Verde

Gabon and Cape Verde played a 1-1 draw on Wednesday in Lisbon, with the Panthers forced to do without their star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Andre Biyogo Poko, who were sidelined due to injuries.

Heldon put the Blue Sharks ahead after 22 minutes only to have it answered by Lorient defender Bruno Ecuele Manga in the 50th minute.

Tunisia 3-0 Congo

Tunisia crushed visiting Congo 3-0 on Wednesday in Rades confirming once more their current brilliant form after dominating Group B in 2014 World Cup qualifying.

The Eagles of Carthage began in a frenetic pace, quickly opening the scoring after 8 minutes through Wahbi Khazri, followed by a strike from Issam Jemaa in the 13th minute.

The Red Devils found their rhythm later on and pushed back the assaults to avoid further havoc till the break. However, the host team reclaimed domination during much of second half, sealing with a third goal from Jemaa, who completed a brace in the process.

Egypt 3-0 Uganda

Three goals from Mahgoub Ahmed Hassan (22nd), Mohamed Salah (57th) and Ibrahim Salah (84th) were enough for Egypt to see off Uganda's challenge on Wednesday in El Gouna.

The Pharaohs have qualified for the third and final round of the 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifying while the Cranes, second in group Group J, will face Senegal in the second round, final match day early next month.

Algeria 2-2 Guinea

Algeria were held at home in Blida to a 2-2 draw on Wednesday by Guinea, which was widely considered in the north African country as a disappointing outcome for coach Vahid Halilhodzic.

After helping the Fennec Foxes to qualify to the third round of the 2014 World Cup qualifying, locals were expecting a better showing against the visiting Syli National.

Adlene Guedioura (11th) and Abdelmoumene Djabou (23rd) handed the hosts a two-goal lead by the break but Salim Cisse cancelled out with a brace scored within four minutes (56th and 60th).