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
However, it was unable to break down a stubborn
The visitor was two goals to the good by half-time thanks to efforts from
Tebogo Sembowa then pulled one back for
The win keeps
In Group D,
The Utrecht striker fired in the opener after 36 minutes, with
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.