Stubborn Gabon frustrates Congo

Congo's hunt for a place in the final round of African 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying will go into another week after it played out a goalless draw with Gabon.

A win in Franceville, plus a draw in the other group fixture between Niger and Burkina Faso tomorrow, would have seen Congo through to the final round of play-offs as Group E winner.

However, it was unable to break down a stubborn Gabon side and will now make another attempt to progress next week when it takes on Burkina Faso.

Ethiopia continues to set the pace in Group A after a 2-1 victory at Botswana.

The visitor was two goals to the good by half-time thanks to efforts from Getaneh Kebede (38) and Salahdin Ahmed (45).

Tebogo Sembowa then pulled one back for Botswana after 76 minutes, but it was unable to add to its tally.

The win keeps Ethiopia two points ahead of South Africa, which was a comfortable 3-0 winner over Central African Republic.

Bernard Parker (26), Siphiwe Tshabalala (43) and Katlego Mashego (90) were the scorers for Bafana Bafana.

In Group D, Zambia consolidated its position at the top of the standings with Jacob Mulenga netting twice in a 4-0 win over Lesotho.

The Utrecht striker fired in the opener after 36 minutes, with Christopher Katongo doubling the lead in the 62nd minute.

Mulenga then made it 3-0 three minutes later before Collins Mbesuma rounded off the rout seven minutes from time.

Senegal holds a two-point advantage at the top of Group J after it claimed a draw in its qualifier with Angola while Liberia was beaten in Uganda.

The Lions of Teranga led after 23 minutes of their match in Luanda thanks to Papiss Cisse, but Afonso Guilherme ensured a share of the spoils with his 52nd-minute equaliser.

Liberia, meanwhile, succumbed to a fifth-minute strike from Uganda's Tony Mawejje for its second defeat in the pool.

A last-gasp goal from Fakhreddine Ben Youssef earned Tunisia a 2-2 draw against Sierra Leone as it held on to its unbeaten record in Group B.

A victory for Nabil Maaloul's side would have carried it through to the next qualifying round, but things were not going to plan when Kei Kamara fired Sierra Leone in front six minutes before the interval.

Oussama Darragi levelled matters from the penalty spot 10 minutes into the second half but Tunisia trailed again to another Kamara strike after 72 minutes.

And the visitor's unbeaten record remained under threat until stoppage-time when Ben Youssef struck.

The other group game saw Cape Verde Islands beat Equatorial Guinea 2-1, with goals from Elvis Babanco (18) and Jorge Djaniny (53).

Jonatas Obina replied for the visitor.

Cote d'Ivoire was a convincing 3-0 winner over Gambia and nows lie four points clear at the top of Group C.

Despite missing the talents of striker Didier Drogba, Cote d'Ivoire was always in control thanks to goals from Lacina Traore (12), Wilfried Bony (62) and Yaya Toure (90).

Tanzania remains second in the standings but lost ground on the leader with a 2-1 loss in Morocco.

A first-half red card for Aggrey Morris proved Tanzania's undoing, with Abderrazak Hamdallah scoring from the penalty spot moments later and Youssef El Arabi then adding another early in the second half.

Amri Kiemba pulled a goal back with half-an-hour remaining but Morocco used its man advantage to good effect.

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