Results: 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

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Jun 16th, 2012
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Nigerian players pose for a photograph before the 2013 African Cup of Nations qualification match against Rwanda in Calabar on June 16, 2012. Nigeria defeated Rwanda 2 – 0 to advance to the third qualifying round where they will meet fellow second round qualifers and the 16 teams that competed for 2012 African Cup of Nations held in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

SATURDAY’S NATIONS CUP RESULTS (aggregate scores in brackets)

Namibia 0-0 Liberia (0-1 on aggregate)

Liberia’s Lone Star are celebrating the narrowest of wins as they put themselves in contention for a first Nations Cup finals since 2002. They may not have scored today but their 1-0 win at home in February’s first leg proved decisive.

TIMESierra Leone 4-2 Sao Tome (5-4 on aggregate)

No further details about this match for the moment, owing to the local media black-out of the match, but Sierra Leone overcame their shock loss in Sao Tome in February with a convincing 4-2 win to qualify as 5-3 aggregate winners.

Namibia 0-0 Liberia (0-1 on aggregate)

No goals in Windhoek as yet, where the Lone Star began brightly before fading towards the end of the half. This is when the Brave Warriors looked at their best even if they could not turn their dominance into goals. Namibia must score if they are to stay in contention to reach the 2013 Nations Cup.

Nigeria 2-0 Rwanda (2-0 on aggregate)

The Super Eagles are on course to make up for their failure to qualify for this year’s Nations Cup. Against a stubborn Rwandan side, goals from Ikechukwu Uche and Ahmed Musa are enough to hand Nigeria a 2-0 victory – both on the day and on aggregate.

Cameroon 1-0 Guinea-Bissau (2-0 on aggregate)

It was not convincing and it will do nothing to appease disillusioned Cameroon fans but the Indomitable Lions have limped through to the third and final round of qualifying, needing an 80th-minute goal from Benjamin Moukandjo to beat lowly Guinea-Bissau. How the four-time African champions are missing the influence of the suspended Samuel Eto’o, with his replacements missing a host of chances despite Cameroonian domination of the game. Guinea-Bissau can reflect on one of the more impressive performances in their history, having been beaten by a lone goal in both matches against the Indomitable Lions – happy days for the visitors, but the hosts’ nadir in international football shows no sign of going away.

Uganda 4-0 Congo (5-3 on aggregate)

The second result of the day is in and another home team has come from a first leg defeat to win through. Uganda needed at least two goals today to beat Congo, who won the first leg 3-1, but the Cranes went better than that – scoring four times without reply to book a 5-3 aggregate win. Captain Andy Mwesigwa opened the scoring before the break, following which Godfrey Walusimbi (penalty), Geoffrey Massa and Emmanuel Okwi all found the back of the Congolese net.

Malawi 2-0 Chad (4-3 on aggregate)

It’s job done for Malawi and coach Kinnah Phiri must be feeling a warm glow of satisfaction. He was desperate to win this game, particularly after the poor treatment that the Flames received when losing a 2012 Nations Cup qualified in Chad last year. Not only was the coach out for revenge, but he also needed a win to silence critics who were unhappy with some recent performances. John Banda and Joseph Kamwendo grabbed the goals that have taken Malawi into the third and final qualifying round later this year.

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