Africa Cup of Nations 2013 qualifying as it happened

All the action from the second-leg ties of the final round of qualification for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

13 October 2012 Last updated at 23:30

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As it happened

  1. 2324: 

    That incredible comeback from the Atlas Lions brings to a close a dramatic day of qualifying action across the continent, which has been overshadowed by events in Dakar. We await further details on the outcome of the game between Senegal and Ivory Coast, after it was abandoned on 76 minutes. What we do know is that champions Zambia, Ghana, Nigeria, Mali, Tunisia and Morocco are all through to the finals in South Africa. There are eight more places to be decided on Sunday so make sure to join us for those matches. Goodbye for now.

  2. 2311: 

    Taoussi took over the Moroccan reins after Belgian coach Eric Gerets was sacked following the first-leg defeat and he has repaid his employers' faith immediately and emphatically. The new coach dropped the likes of Marouane Chamakh, Mbark Boussoufa and Adel Taarabt and largely placed his faith in home-based players - a decision which has paid-off massively.

  3. 2303: 
    FULL-TIME- Morocco 4-0 Mozambique (4-2 agg)

    What a way to reverse a first-leg deficit and qualify with style. Morocco hit four without reply on the night to seal their place in South Africa and send a disconsolate Mozambique team out. After it had all gone so well for them in their home game, it turned into a nightmare in Marrakech for the Black Mambas. Morocco's new look, meanwhile, paid off under new coach Rachid Taoussi.

  4. 2300: 
    GOAL- Morocco 4-0 Mozambique

    Morocco top their incredible comeback with a fourth goal courtesy of Nordin Amrabat.

  5. 2253: 

    That third Morocco goal came on 85 minutes from a header from Youssef Al Arabi, who atoned for an earlier miss. Morocco have turned the tie on its head.

  6. 2252: 

    We have more, meanwhile, on the situation in Dakar here: Riot hits Senegal football match

  7. 2245: 
    GOAL- Morocco 3-0 Mozambique

    The comeback is complete, as Morocco go three up on the night and a goal up on aggregate over 10-man Mozambique.

  8. 2230: 
    RED CARD

    Mozambique are meanwhile down to 10 men, after Miro gets his marching orders after giving away the penalty that lead to Morrocco's equaliser.

  9. 2230: 
    GOAL- Morocco 2-0 Mozambique

    Houssine Kharja converts a spot-kick for the hosts and it's game on in Marrakech, with the tie all square at 2-2 on aggregate now.

  10. 2228: 

    AFP report that an official at the Stade Leopold Senghor told reporters that after 40 minutes suspension, the decision was taken to abandon the match.

  11. 2226: 

    In Dakar - with police on the field and the players having left the pitch, fans have also started to stream out of the Stade Leopold Senghor. There has been no further announcement on what will happen.

  12. 2213: 

    The second half is underway in Marrakech, with the hosts trailing Mozambique 2-1 on aggregate, after scoring the only goal of the game just before the break.

  13. 2157: 
    Match abandoned

    In Dakar, the Senegal v Ivory Coast match has reportedly been abandoned. The players have now left the pitch and police are on the field.

  14. 2153: 
    HALF-TIME

    Halft-time in Morocco and the home side are very much back in it.

  15. 2151: 
    GOAL- Morocco 1-0 Mozambique

    Abdelaziz Barrada puts the hosts ahead on the night, just before the break, and puts them right back in the tie. It's 2-1 on aggregate now and all to play for for Morocco.

  16. 2147: 
    CLOSE!

    Meanwhile, in Morocco, Youssef Al Arabi beats the offside trap and almost benefits from a slip by Mozambique defender Mexer, but cannot find the finish.

  17. 2145: 

    Just a reminder that the score in that game in Dakar when play was stopped was 2-0 to Ivory Coast, 6-2 on aggregate.

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    A similar situation happened in 2008 when Senegal failed to qualify at the expense of rivals The Gambia. Fires were lit around the ground then also.

  19. 2139: 

    The Ivorian and Senegalese players and staff are still on the pitch, standing in the centre circle. They are surrounded by Ivorian fans. The time of the game is stuck at 76 minutes, 24 seconds.

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    A very tense and serious situation at the Stade Leopold Senghor, with the pitch now full of people. It will be very difficult to resume the match now.

  21. 2129: 
    John Bennett, BBC reporter in Dakar, Senegal

    There is no way play will get back underway now it seems. Ivory Coast fans have been forced onto the pitch, joining players and coaching staff.

  22. 2120: 
    FULL-TIME- Tunisia 0-0 Sierra Leone (Agg: 2-2)

    Tunisia are fairly lucky to hold out against a determined 10-man, Sierra Leone, but the Tunisians are through on away goals.

  23. 2117: 
    John Bennett, BBC reporter in Dakar, Senegal

    There are small fires around the whole ground now. All the players and coaching staff are standing in the centre circle. I'm not sure how play will resume. You can smell the smoke now. Some Senegal fans are very, very angry.

  24. 2114: 
    Play stopped

    Small fires have been lit in one of the stands in the Stade Leopold Senghor. Objects are being hurled on the pitch. Play is halted to allow things to calm down, in what is now an extremely tense environment.

  25.  
    John Bennett, BBC reporter in Dakar, Senegal

    Fans are streaming out of the stadium now. Objects are being thrown at the Ivory Coast fans.

  26.  
    GOAL- Senegal 0-2 Ivory Coast

    And Didier Drogba scores from the spot to put the seal on the Ivorians' qualification for South Africa, barring a miracle from Senegal.

  27. 2105: 
    PENALTY

    Drogba to take it to double Ivory Coast's lead.

  28. 2103: 

    Drama in Dakar and panic on the pitch, as a fan charges towards Didier Drogba. He was stopped just before getting to the goalscorer. Drogba looked stunned momentarily, then regained his composure. Tensions are running high.

  29. 2101: 
    KICK-OFF

    And we're just kicking off in our final game of a frantic day of action, with Morrocco taking on Mozambique in Marrakech, looking to overturn a 2-0 first-leg result.

  30. 2056: 
    CLOSE!

    Olympic hero Moussa Konate misses a great chance for Senegal just aftere coming on. He just couldn't get enough contact on a cross at the back post as he slid in and it goes high and wide. Senegal needing to press to pull back a three-goal deficit now.

  31. 2053: 

    More on that goal from Drogba. The former Chelsea man went for power. It beat the wall and went straight into the bottom right-hand corner. Senegal are unhappy with the decision to award the free-kick for the foul on Yaya Toure.

  32. 2049: 
    John Bennett, BBC reporter in Dakar, Senegal

    The crowd has gone quiet. A few things are being thrown towards the VIP seats. The Elephants have surely booked their place now.

  33. 2047: 
    GOAL- Senegal 0-1 Ivory Coast

    Didier Drogba hits his 57th goal for the Ivory Coast, converting a free-kick from just outside the box.

  34. 2045: 
    CLOSE!

    Papiss Cisse should have given Senegal the lead. His close-range header is saved by Barry. The game is very open now - end to end stuff.

  35. 2042: 

    We are also back underway in Dakar with Arsenal forward Gervinho already causing problems with his pace. He was too quick for his team-mates though, with the cross finding a Senegal defender.

  36. 2035: 

    After a half-time break in Monastir we are back underway, with Tunisia and Sierra Leone goalless. Sierra Leone are having to continue with 10 men after Djibril Sanko's earlier dismissal.

  37. 2025: 
    John Bennett, BBC reporter in Dakar, SenegalHALF-TIME

    The fans are bit restless but I think both sides will take 0-0 at half-time. Gervinho had the best chance for Ivory Coast but Boubacar Barry has been the busiest keeper. Senegal are not out of this yet. But the Elephants will feel they're a goal away from sealing it. Teranga Lions coach Joseph Koto asked the fans for patience. That will be tested in the second period.

  38. 2004: 
    RED CARD

    Sierra Leone's Djibril Sanko is dismissed after a foul on Tunisia's Hamdi Harbaoui

  39. 2000: 

    Ivory Coast's Cheik Tiote is a lucky man. The referee seemed to miss him lashing out at Papiss Cisse. Very lenient from the official Slim Jedidi. He just gets a warning.

  40. 1941: 
    John Bennett, BBC reporter in Dakar, Senegal

    Senegal are almost playing 4-2-4 with Moussa Sow and Dame N'Doye both pushing high up the flanks. The crowd is really fired up by Senegal's positive start.

  41. 1935: 
    KICK-OFF

    The game between Senegal and Ivory Coast is under way.

  42. 1930: 

    As expected Cheik Tiote and Max Gradel start for Ivory Coast. Demba Ba and Moussa Sow are in the Senegal first 11.

  43. 1923: 
    John Bennett, BBC reporter in Dakar, Senegal

    The only empty spaces inside the Stade Leopold Senghor are above the Ivory Coast fans. It's a sell-out and everyone is here in plenty of time to soak up a tremendous atmosphere. The Senegal team are in a huddle with their head coach. Final instructions are being given to the players.

  44. 1918: 
    KICK-OFF

    The match between Tunisia and Sierra Leone is under way.

  45. 1753: 
    FULL-TIME

    It's all over in Nigeria - and Liberia will certainly be grateful to hear the final whistle. A brilliant attacking display has booked Nigeria's place in South Africa, and on this form they might just have a chance at being crowned champions.

  46. 1751: 
    GOAL- Nigeria 6-1 Liberia

    Nigeria's five-goal margin is restored by Victor Moses who heads in from Mikel's cross to grab his second of the game.

  47. 1743: 
    GOAL- Nigeria 5-1 Liberia

    Patrick Wleh shows determination in the penalty box to get to the ball first and he toes it past Enyeama into the net. A very minor consolation for Liberia.

  48. 1739: 
    GOAL- Nigeria 5-0 Liberia

    It's a rout. Ike Uche gets on the score sheet as Nigeria show neighbours Liberia no mercy. Uche's shot crashes in off the post - as if confirmation was needed that Liveria's luck is not in today!

  49. 1737: 
    RED CARD

    It has been a thoroughly miserable day for Liberia and it gets worse for them as skipper Gebro Duncan gets a second booking and is sent off. They will have to play the final 20 minutes with 10 men - and they've been completely outplayed so far already. It doesn't look good for the Lone Star.

  50. 1732: 
    GOAL- Nigeria 4-0 Liberia

    Nigeria are cruising now as John Obi Mikel notches their fourth after 50 minutes.

  51. 1707: 
    GOAL- Nigeria 3-0 Liberia

    Victor Moses puts Nigeria within touching distance of next year's tournament in South Africa. The Chelsea winger converts Nosa Igiebor's cross to score his first goal for his country.

  52. 1653: 
    GOAL- Nigeria 2-0 Liberia

    Ahmed Musa doubles his side's lead as he latches on to Emmanuel Emenike's ball into the box and slots home. The Super Eagles are now in a strong position, with two away goals in the bag from the first leg. But one strike from Liberia would change the complexion of things.

  53. 1638: 
    CLOSE!

    Liberia are pressing for an equaliser and they almost get one through Sekou Oliseh, whose low effort is tipped around the post by Vincent Enyeama.

  54. 1623: 

    And to bring you bang up to date, the match between Nigeria and Liberia is now under way.

    Nigeria are already 1-0 up, thanks to Efe Ambrose's first-minute strike.

  55. 1619: 

    In all that excitement, the match in Botswana got lost a bit. But I can tell you that it ended Botswana 1-4 Mali. And that means Mali have booked their place in South Africa, with a 7-1 aggregate victory.

  56. 1616: 

    Zambia are through 9-8 on penalties and it's heartbreak for Uganda.

    It was as close as you can get but the reigning champions are through to the tournament in South Africa.

  57. 1616: 

    Once more, Uganda face the pressure. Patrick Ochan steps up and he... MISSES!

  58. 1615: 

    Zambia back in the spotlight and they... SCORE! 9-8

  59. 1614: 

    Geoffrey Kizito is next to go for Uganda. He... SCORES! 8-8

  60. 1613: 

    Pressure is now on Zambia's Davies Nkausu. He... SCORES! 8-7

  61. 1612: 

    Uganda's Moses Oloya is next up and he... SCORES! 7-7

  62. 1610: 

    This is becoming an epic shoot-out!

    And Zambia.... SCORE! 7-6.

  63.  

    Tony Mawejje must score to keep Uganda in it and he... SCORES. 6-6.

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    For Zambia, it's Jonas Sakuwaha and he... SCORES! 6-5

  65.  

    The pressure is on Uganda again now, Hamis Kizza steps us and... SCORES. 5-5.

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    Zambia's sixth penalty and they... SCORE! 5-4

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    Emmaunel Okwi needs to score this penalty to keep Uganda in the tie and he... SCORES! 4-4.

    We go to sudden death.

  68. 1605: 

    Now it's Zambia keeper Mweene's turn and he... SCORES! 4-3

  69. 1604: 

    Goalkeeper Denis Onyango steps up for Uganda's fourth penalty and... SCORES! 3-3

  70.  

    Zambia on their fourth penalty... SCORE! 3-2

  71. 1604: 

    Uganda need this one... SCORE! 2-2

  72. 1603: 

    Zambia with a chance to take the lead... SCORE! 2-1

  73. 1603: 

    Uganda's second penalty... clips the bar and goes over. 1-1

  74. 1603: 

    Zambia up next.... SCORE! 1-1

  75. 1600: 
    Nick Cavell, BBC reporter in Uganda

    Uganda's first penalty... Godfrey Walusindi SCORES! 1-0 to Uganda.

  76. 1558: 
    Nick Cavell, BBC reporter in Uganda

    Zambia captain Chrsitopher Katongo to take the first penalty... SAVED!

  77. 1555: 
    Nick Cavell, BBC reporter in UgandaPENALTY SHOOT-OUT

    That's full-time in Kamapala and the match will be decided on spot-kicks.

    Zambia won the Africa Cup of Nations on penalties in February, so they have form. Can Uganda rise to the challenge and qualify for the first time since 1978?

  78. 1554: 
    Nick Cavell, BBC reporter in UgandaGREAT SAVE!

    Uganda come might close to hitting the winner as substitute Hamis Kizza heads downward but his effort is saved by Mweene. The Zambian stopper injured himself in the process and is down on the ground for a few minutes.

    Into stoppage time now.

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    GOAL- Bostwana 1-4 Mali

    A little pride salvaged by Botswana as they pull a goal back. Not that it is going to affect the resut now, with 87 minutes played.

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    Time running out for a winner in Uganda. Looks like this one could be decided on penalties.

  81. 1544: 
    Mtokozisi Dube, BBC reporter in BostwanaGOAL

    It HAS become embarrassing for Bostwana. They have leaked a fourth goal in their second-leg tie against Mali, who have now definitely wrapped up a third consecutive victory over their opponents.

  82. 1542: 
    Nick Cavell, BBC reporter in UgandaGREAT SAVE!

    Uganda not ready to settle for penalties. Mweene forced to make another excellent stop as the Cranes press hard for a winner.

  83. 1540: 
    Nick Cavell, BBC reporter in UgandaYELLOW CARD

    The first booking of the game goes to Zambia's William Njobu. It has been a hard but fair game with no malicious tackles, but as players tire and the tension mounts there coud be a few more wayward challenges.

  84. 1534: 
    Mtokozisi Dube, BBC reporter in BostwanaGOAL- Bostwana 0-3 Mali

    Botswana's tiniest hopes have been extinguished as Mali hit another to lead 3-0 on the day and 6-0 on aggregate. This could become emnbarrassing if the hosts aren't careful.

  85. 1533: 
    Mtokozisi Dube, BBC reporter in BotswanaHITS THE WOODWORK

    Bostwana come close as a shot canons back off the upright.

  86. 1529: 
    Nick Cavell, BBC reporter in UgandaSUBSTITUTION

    It's all Zambia at the moment and the reigning champions are pressing hard to make a breakthrough. They've forced two good saves from Denis Onyango in this half.

    Uganda make a switch, taking off Brian Umony and bringoing on Emmanuel Okui.

  87. 1524: 
    Matthew Kenyon, BBC reporter in MalawiFULL-TIME- Malawi 0-1 Ghana

    Ghana become the first team to make it through to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. An efficient display from the Black Stars earns them a lone-goal win on the day and a 3-0 aggregate victory.

  88. 1520: 
    Mtokozisi Dube, BBC reporter in BotswanaGOAL- Botswana 0-2 Mali

    Modibo Maiga's strike ends the tie as a contest! Mali go 2-0 up after 57 minutes of the second leg and it's now 5-0 on aggregate.

    It's game over for Botswana, who went into the game with little chance of turning the game around and now it is purely damage limitation after the West Ham forward's goal.

  89. 1518: 
    Matthew Kenyon, BBC reporter in Malawi

    Almost all over in Malwai. In stoppage time now. Ghana have been very efficient and have never looked troubled.

  90.  

    Uganda's half-time team talk would have been an interesting one. Legendary former player Kalusha Bwalya was in attendance after he raced from the stands to join the team. It seems to have helped as Uganda have come out strong.

  91. 1513: 

    The second half is under way in Botswana. Not expecting too many thrills in this one, with the tie virtually over. But football being football, you never can tell...

  92. 1511: 
    Matthew Kenyon, BBC reporter in Malawi

    Ghana have increased their tempo and are now in the ascendancy again. The only thing lacking is a decisive pass in the final third.

  93. 1506: 
    Nick Cavell, BBC reporter in UgandaKICK-OFF

    Zambia start the second half. Immediately they win a free-kick on the edge of the box but the shot is straight at the wall.

  94. 1505: 
    Matthew Kenyon, BBC report in MalawiCLOSE!

    Dust flies as Ghana keeper Kwarasey dives low to his right to make a smart stop. Malawi pushing hard to get back into this.

  95. 1457: 
    Matthew Kenyon, BBC reporter in Malawi

    There's a scare for Ghana as Gyan hits the floor and play continues without him. After treatment he gets back to his feet, gingerly, and thankfully seems to be all right.

  96. 1455: 
    HALF-TIME

    It's also half-time in Bostwana, where Mali lead 1-0 on the day thanks to a goal by Cheik Diabate. The visitors are 4-0 up on aggregate.

  97. 1451: 
    HALF-TIME

    We've reached the interval in Uganda, where the hosts will go into the dressing room on a high having managed to cancel out Zambia's goal from the first leg. All set to play for in the second half. This one could go right down to the wire.

    Incidentally, there is no extra-time in these matches. It's straight to penalties!

  98. 1441: 

    You have to commend Malawi for their attitude. At 3-0 down (on aggregate) you may expect their heads would drop, but the Flames are pushing on and doing their best to at least salvage some pride from this tie against Ghana. Unfortunately their execution doesn't match their attitude as a good move down the left forces a corner but the set-piece is wasted.

  99. 1440: 
    Nick Cavell, BBC reporter in Uganda

    While Uganda's goal has sparked Zambia into life, the extra urgency in their play is not troubling the hosts. And the away fans are being drowned out by the vocal support for The Cranes.

  100. 1438: 
    Mtokozisi Dube, BBC reporter in BotswanaGOAL- Botswana 0-1 Mali

    Mali take a giant step towards qualification with the opening strike of the game - an away goal that puts them 4-0 up on aggregate and virtually guarantees their place in South Africa next year.

  101. 1434: 
    KICK-OFF

    The second half starts in Malawi.

  102.  
    Nick Cavell, BBC reporter in UgandaGOAL- Uganda 1-0 Zambia

    Incredible scenes in Kampala as the hosts take the lead in the match and level the score on aggregate. Geoffrey Massa collects a free-kick over the top, chests it down and rounds the keeper to slip the ball into the net.

    Game on!

  103. 1427: 
    Mtoksizi Dube, BBC reporter in Botswana

    Not much to report in Botswana, where the game remains goalless. Visitors Mali are 3-0 up from the first leg so can be forgiven for a lack of adventure.

  104. 1424: 
    Nick Cavell, BBC reporter in UgandaGREAT SAVE!

    Uganda hit back after that Zambia pressure and goalkeeper Mweene is forced into a double stop, eventually scrambling the ball clear of danger. There's a long way to go in this tie.

  105. 1421: 
    Matthew Kenyon, BBC report in MalawiHALF-TIME

    Just before the interval Ghana's Andre 'Dede' Ayew fires a free-kick straight at the keeper. And when the whistle goes Ghana walk off in the knowledge that they are just 45 minutes from qualifying for next year's tournament in South Africa.

    Malawi coach Kinnah Phiri's team-talk would have to be epic, to say the least, if they are to come out and turn this around.

  106. 1418: 
    Nick Cavell, BBC reporter in UgandaPENALTY APPEAL

    Uganda have been doing most of the attacking but then Zambia come forward and have a penalty appeal turned down. Moments later the visitors have another shout for a spot-kick waved away. Testing times for Uganda.

  107. 1413: 
    Nick Cavell, BBC reporter in Uganda

    Cagey opening exchanges in Kampala, where the tie is finely balanced with Zambia holding only a one-goal lead from the first leg.

    Once again, the coaches appear to be at opposite ends of the spectrum - Uganda's Williamson prowls the technical area, while Zambia's Renard leans back against the dugout. How will their personas affect their teams' performances?

  108. 1409: 
    Matthew Kenyon, BBC reporter in MalawiGREAT SAVE!

    Both keepers are in action in quick succession. Simplex Nthala dives bravely at the feet of Gyan before Kwarasey makes a smart stop to his left at the other end.

  109. 1406: 
    Nick Cavell, BBC reporter in Uganda

    First threat from Uganda as Simeon Massa whips in a dangerous cross but Zambia keeper Kennedy Mweene does well to deal with it.

  110. 1401: 
    KICK-OFF

    The match between Botswana and Mali is under way.

  111. 1400: 
    KICK-OFF

    Zambia get the game under way in Kampala.

  112. 1357: 

    Robert Ng'ambi forces a corner for Malawi but the hosts waste the opportunity. After 22 minutes played, Ghana are looking comfortable. It's a tall order for Malawi to get themselves back into this one. It really would be the mother, father, grandmother and grandfather of all comebacks now.

  113. 1354: 

    Uganda coach Bobby Williamson is dressed in a suit, while his counterpart, Zambian coach Herve Renard, is in his trademark jeans and white shirt - rocking that catalogue model look that he does so well!

    Teams are ready to be introduced to the V.I.Ps and soon we'll have the national anthems.

  114. 1351: 
    Nick Cavell, BBC reporter in Uganda

    A big cheer accompanies the Ugandan and Zambian teams' coaches and substitutes as they walk across the pitch. Excitement building.

  115. 1348: 

    Uganda fans get ready for kick-off, in positive mood that their team can come back from a goal down to knock out African champions Zambia. In just over 10 minutes time, the teams will take to the pitch and all the talking will be over.

  116. 1342: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    Credit to Malawai, who are refusing to surrender. The hosts surge forward and Joseph Kamwendo lets rip from distance forcing Adam Kwarasey to tip over.

  117. 1340: 

    It's a dream start for the Black Stars - and for Parma midfielder Acquah, who caps his first international start with his first goal for his country.

  118. 1335: 
    GOAL- Malawi 0-1 Ghana

    Ghana have taken the lead inside three minutes!

    Asamoah Gyan's free-kick is palmed for a corner. From the resulting set-play, Afriyie Acquah fires home the opener.

    It's a devastating blow for Malawi, who now need to score four unanswered goals to avoid going out.

  119. 1331: 
    KICK-OFF

    They're off in Malawi!

  120. 1326: 
    Nick Cavell, BBC reporter in Uganda

    "Lots of noise here but the stadium is not full. The cheapest ticket is $16, which is about four times the average daily wage in Uganda."

  121. 1325: 
    Matthew Kenyon, BBC reporter in Malawi

    "Malawi Flames fans have turned out in force, wearing red - part of their national colours - having been asked to do so in order to send a message to Ghana, 'let them see red'.

    "National anthems over, there's tremendous noise here."

  122. 1319: 

    Team news coming in from our reporter in Uganda, Nick Cavell. He tells us that Jacob Mulenga and Rainford Kalaba are both out for Zambia, while the hosts will line up with a full-strength side.

    Reigning African champions Zambia hold a 1-0 lead from the first leg, but have a tough task ahead of them today as Uganda have an excellent home record. This could end up being one of the shock results of the weekend.

  123. 1314: 

    Not a lot of people know this.... BBC's reporter in Malawi, Matthew Kenyon tells us on Twitter "#Malawi President Joyce Banda's husband played for (then) Nyasaland against #Ghana in 1962. They lost 12-0. Guest of honour today!"

  124. 1306: 

    Some team news for you, courtesy of BBC World Service Sport reporter in Dakar, John Bennett.

    Newcastle strikers Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse are set to start up front for Senegal against Ivory Coast. Ba was on the bench in the first leg.

    Another Newcastle player, Cheik Tiote returns for Ivory Coast, who have a 4-2 lead. Former Leeds and Leicester winger Max Gradel is expected to replace the injured Saloman Kalou.

  125. 1300: 

    Good afternoon. We're only half an hour away from the start of the first of 15 matches this weekend that will decide who goes through to the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa next year.

    There will be goals, thrills, drama and very possibly some major upsets. So strap yourself in and get ready for what promises to be a feast of football.

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