Niger thumps Somalia to advance in World Cup qualifying

Niger confirmed its place in the second round of CAF 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification with a resounding 4-0 victory over Somalia.

Francois Zahoui's side took a two-goal advantage into the second leg thanks to a double from Moussa Maazou - and he replicated that performance.

After Mahamane Cisse's opener in the 13th minute, Changchun Yatai striker Maazou added the second five minutes later.

The 27-year-old struck once again with 32 minutes played before Cisse capped the result with his second and Niger's fourth in the 68th minute, completing a 6-0 triumph on aggregate and setting up a second-round tie with Cameroon.

Central African Republic looked ready to turn around its 3-0 first-leg deficit against Madagascar by taking the lead inside seven minutes. However, Madagascar quickly recovered to earn a 2-2 draw that pits it against Senegal in the next phase.

William Jebor scored a hat-trick to ensure Liberia's progression to the second round - where it will face African champion Cote d'Ivoire - with a 3-1 victory and 4-2 aggregate success over Guinea-Bissau, while Ghana will play Comoros, which had to rely on away goals to eliminate Lesotho.

Burundi will face Congo DR after a second-half double from Abdoul Razak Fiston sent it into the second round at the expense of Seychelles, while Namibia bounced back from Pa Dibba's early strike to progress beyond Gambia and secure a date with Guinea.

Egypt awaits Chad after it scored a crucial away goal against Sierra Leone, which was forced to play their home leg in the Nigerian city of Port Harcourt due to the Ebola outbreak, to progress despite a 2-1 loss that saw Constant Madtoingue dismissed in second-half stoppage-time.

South Sudan failed to advance in its first FIFA World Cup qualifying tie as it fell to a 4-0 defeat away at Mauritania, which will face Tunisia in the second round.

Botswana will face Mali as a 3-1 victory comfortably saw it past Eritrea, which took the lead through former Almeria striker Henok Goitom, while Swaziland's clash with Djibouti, which trailed 6-0 from the first leg, was postponed as the latter failed to arrive at the scheduled time.

Source Omnisport