AFCON champion Cote d'Ivoire held again

Defending champion Cote d'Ivoire was held to a goalless draw by Sierra Leone in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying Group I.

After drawing its opening group game in Gabon 0-0 back in June, Cote d'Ivoire was toothless once again in a matched played in Port Harcourt as Sierra Leone has not yet been cleared to stage matches due to the Ebola outbreak.

New Cote d'Ivoire coach Michel Dussuyer was without captain Yaya Toure, who is considering his international future, and his Manchester City team-mate Wilfried Bony as well as Cheick Tiote and Max Gradel.

And those key men were sorely missed as the holder failed to secure a first victory in the group and remains level on points with Sierra Leone, which had its chances to claim a shock win.

Basem Morsi scored a hat-trick as Egypt hammered Chad 5-1 at Stade Omnisports Idriss Mahamat Ouya to move above Nigeria at the top of Group F.

Morsi struck twice in the first half and Mohamed Salah added a third before the break after Nadjim Haroum had pulled a goal back, then Mahmoud Kahraba added a fourth and Morsi completed the scoring to claim the match ball.

Zambia came from behind to stun Kenya with a 2-1 away victory in Group F to move level on points with Congo.

Michael Olunga put Kenya in front, but its joy proved to be short-lived as Winstone Kalengo and Collins Mbesuma struck to put Zambia in front at half-time and the home side was unable to respond.

Algeria needed two El Arbi Hillel Soudani goals in the last five minutes to beat Lesotho 3-1 and make it two wins out of two in Group J.

Cameroon has also won both of its games in Group M after 1-0 away triumph over Gambia, while Congo DR was beaten 2-0 by Central African Republic in Group B and Angola played out a goalless draw with Madagascar.

Zimbabwe was held to a 1-1 home draw by Guinea and its Group L rivals Malawi and Swaziland also had to settle for a point apiece from a 2-2 draw.

Mauritius got up and running by beating Mozambique 1-0 in H, with Cape Verde Islands seeing off Libya 2-1 to join Morocco on six points in Group F.

Elsewhere, there was a 1-1 draw between Benin and Mali in Group C.

Source Omnisport