Libya stunned four-time African champion Cameroon in World Cup qualifying yesterday, while Egypt’s revival under American Bob Bradley continued with a dramatic win in Guinea.
Ethiopia beat Central African Republic to go top of Group A and Tanzania saw off Gambia in Group C to move within a point of leader Ivory Coast.
Congo overcame Togo 2-0 to send the Togolese to the bottom of Group I and leave them with a mountain to climb after the second of six rounds of group games in Africa’s main qualifying competition for Brazil 2014.
Hamad Ahniash scored in the third minute of stoppage time in neutral Sfax, in Tunisia, to give the Libyans a 2-1 win over mighty Cameroon and put them top of Group I.
Ahmed Zouay put the Libyans ahead in the eighth minute in a game closed to fans in eastern Tunisia. Striker Eric Choupo-Moting netted for the second straight game to draw Cameroon level, but Ahniash popped up three minutes into added time for a famous win for the Libyans.
Bradley’s Egypt claimed a 3-2 victory in Conakry with Mohamed Salah’s winner in the fifth minute of added time to continue the Pharaohs’ unbeaten run this year under the former United States coach.
Abdoul Camara pushed Guinea ahead with a 19th-minute penalty, but Mohamed Aboutrika’s double turned the game for Egypt. Alhassane Bangoura made it 2-2 in the 88th for the Guineans, who also had goalkeeper Naby Yattara sent off for a studs-up challenge before Salah bent in a left-footed shot at the far post to keep the Egyptians perfect in qualifying.
Egypt, which hasn’t qualified for the World Cup since 1990, went three points clear at the top of Group G.
Said Saladin scored twice for the Ethiopia, which also held South Africa to an away draw on the opening weekend, for a 2-0 win over Central African Republic in Addis Ababa, pushing the Ethiopians to the top of the group.
Tanzania kept within sight of top-ranked African team Ivory Coast in Group C with second-half goals by Shomari Kapombe and Erasto Nyoni in Dar es Salaam after Gambia had taken a seventh-minute lead.
Tresor Mputu’s opener in the 23rd sent Congo to victory over Togo.
Liberia and Angola, Lesotho and Sudan and Mozambique vs. Zimbabwe all ended in 0-0 draws.
Elsewhere, Tunisia leads Group B from Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast is in control of Group C despite being held 2-2 in Morocco on Saturday and Ghana now trails behind Sudan in Group D after losing away to African champion Zambia. Zambia is third in the group, level on points with the Ghanaians.
Nigeria leads Group F and Senegal controls Group J ahead of a near yearlong break from World Cup qualifying for the continent’s teams, which switch to 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Mali beat Algeria 2-1 in a game moved to neutral Burkina Faso in Group H, where Benin has taken the lead after drawing 1-1 in Rwanda.