On Thursday, matches were played across the continent.
Second-half substitute Karl Namnganda scored a sensational 90th-minute goal as the Central African Republic startled the Super Eagles of Nigeria 1-0 at the Teslim Balogun stadium. Despite the loss, Nigeria still tops Group C with 6 points. With this result, the Central African Republic now has 4 points to stay third on the table. While in the other group game played at Accra sports stadium, Accra, Ghana, Cape Verde came from a goal down to pipped host Liberia 2-1 in a closely contested encounter. Garry Rodrigues scored in the 92nd minute to give Cape Verde the much-needed win. This is Cape Verde's first win of the qualifiers so far.
While in Kigali, Uganda kept another clean sheet after a 1-0 victory over home side Rwanda at the Stade Nyamirambo. Fahad Bayo scored the decisive goal for the visitors in the 41st minute. The victory means that Uganda has moved to five points from three matches. Mali demolished Kenya 5-0 in the other group game played at Grand Stade-Agadir. A hat-trick from Ibrahima one and a goal each from Adama Traore and Moussa Doumbia gave Mali a deserve to win to top the group with 7 points.
Elsewhere in Estadio de Malabo, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea beat 10-man Zambia 2-0 to move to second in group B with 6 points. Goals from Saul Basilio Coco Bassey and Emilio Nsue ensured that Zambia has the three maximum points. In the other group B game, Tunisia thrashed Mauritania 3-0 at the Stade Olympique, Rades. Goals from Ellyes Skhiri, Wahbi Khazri, and Jaziri in the 15th, 42nd, and 86th minute ensured Tunisia's ease past Mauritania. The victory means Tunisia now tops the group with 9 points After three matches played.
In the group J encounter, Benin Republic pipped Tanzania 1-0 at the Benjamin Mkapa stadium to top the group with 7 points. Steve Mounie scored the only goal of the encounter in the 72nd minute to hand the West Africans the maximum three points. While at the Stade de Martyrs in Kinshasa, goals from Chadrac Akolo and skipper Dieumerci Mboka gave the DR Congo a 2-0 victory over Madagascar to move second in the group with 5 points. Madagascar sits at the bottom of the table without a point after three matches played.
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