Benin came away from South Sudan with a 2-1 win on Wednesday as the third round of group qualifiers for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations began. West Brom forward Stephane Sessegnon struck the opener on 16 minutes and Benin added a second on 75 minutes. South Sudan pulled one back late on.
The victory lifts Benin to the top of Group C above Mail who play on Friday. New Fifa president Gianni Infantino was in attendance after he had inaugurated the South Sudan FA’s office. In Group G Chad hosted Tanzania with both sides looking for their first win.
Tanzania earned a 1-0 victory thanks to Mbwana Samatta’s 30th-minute strike. It lifted them level on points with second-placed Nigeria, while Chad remain rooted to the foot of the table without any points. Nigeria take on group leaders Egypt on Friday.
It keeps alive their hopes of qualification. Group rivals Cape Verde and Morocco- both on six points – play each other on Saturday. In Group E Guinea-Bissau lifted themselves off the foot of the table with a 1-0 home victory over Kenya. Idrissa Camara struck the only goal of the game after 15 minutes to give his side their first win of the group stage.
The top-of-the-table clash between Zambia and Congo ended in a 1-1 draw, moving both sides on to five points with at the summit because of a superior goal difference. Hosts Zambia took the lead on 60 minutes through Winston Kalengo but it lasted only 15 minutes, Jordan Massengo restoring parity with a goal for Congo.