Super Eagles soar over Desert Warriors
Posted: 12 November 2016 Time: 23:07
Saturday's CAF World Cup qualifiers saw Nigeria and Uganda collect maximum points, while Mali and Cameroon failed to capitalize on their home advantage.
The Super Eagles forcefully overcame Algeria with a 3-1 scoreline at the Akwa Ibom Stadium in Uyo, Nigeria.
Victor Moses opened the scoring in the 25th minute, before John Obi Mikel doubled the hosts' lead with three minutes to half-time. Nabil Bentaleb pulled on back with a stunning long-range strike in the 67th minute, but it proved no more than a consolation as Moses completed his brace in stoppage time.
Nigeria now have six points from two games in the 'group of death' and lead by a four-point margin after Cameroon and Zambia played to a 1-1 stalemate. Alheria meanwhile remain winless after their opening draw with Cameroon.
In Limbe, Vincent Aboubakar scored a penalty for the The Indomitable Lions on the stroke of half-time, to cancel out Collins Mbesuma's 34th minute opener for Chipolopolo.
Mamelodi Sundowns shotstopper Kennedy Mweene was in fine form for Zambia as he denied the hosts from netting a winner, thwarting numerous attempts on target in the second half.
Meanwhile, Uganda narrowly overcame Congo Brazzaville with Farouk Miya bagging the only goal of the match in the 18th minute, as South African-based pair Geoffrey Massa and Denis Onyango both started the match.
The Cranes now top Group E, with four points, while second placed Egypt welcome Ghana to the Alexandria stadium in a much-anticipated clash on Sunday.
Mali and Gabon cancelled each other out as both teams failed to score at the National Stadium in Bamako, leaving the Eagles rooted to the bottom of Group C, with only one point from two games, and the Panthers in second with two points.
Mali 0-0 Gabon
Cape Verde 0-2 Burkina Faso
Nigeria 3-1 Algeria
Cameroon 1-1 Zambia
Uganda 1-0 Congo
South Africa 2-1 Senegal
Morocco 0-0 Ivory Coast