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Cape Verde and DR Congo cruise

Cape Verde and DR Congo took major steps towards securing their places in the final round of 2013 African Nations Cup qualifying by posting 4-0 victories over Madagascar and Seychelles in the away legs of their qualifiers.

Dady and Ryan Mendes set Cape Verde on their way with first-half goals in Antananarivo and Fernando Varela and Toni Varela netted in the final 10 minutes to seal the rout.

Dioko Kaluyituka bagged a hat-trick in DR Congo's triumph, with Mabi Mputu also on the scoresheet for the visitors in Victoria.

It is barely over two weeks since Zambia beat Ivory Coast on penalties to win this year's African Nations Cup in Libreville, but there are less than 12 months until the 2013 tournament kicks off in South Africa as a result of the event moving to odd-numbered years to avoid future clashes with the World Cup.

None of the teams who played in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea are involved in the first round of qualifying, but there were still plenty of big names in action on Wednesday.

Togo's hopes of progressing were dented by a 2-1 defeat in Kenya, Allan Wanga grabbing the decisive goal in Nairobi.

Nigeria will be favourites to advance against Rwanda despite being held to a goalless draw by Rwanda in Kigali, the Super Eagles playing their first competitive game under new coach Stephen Keshi.

The match between Ethiopia and Benin also ended 0-0, while Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting's last-gasp strike earned Cameroon a 1-0 away win over Guinea Bissau.

Algeria came from behind to beat Gambia 2-1 in Banjul. Momodou Ceesay opened the scoring for the hosts but two goals in three second-half minutes - from Antar Yahia and Sofiane Feghouli - turned the game on its head.

Burundi eked out a 2-1 triumph against a depleted Zimbabwe, who were without several regulars through suspension amid a match-fixing investigation.

Elsewhere, Tanzania drew 1-1 with Mozambique, Chad were 3-2 winners against Malawi, Congo overcame Uganda 3-1, Liberia edged Namibia 1-0 and Sao Tome e Principe beat Sierra Leone 2-1.

The return legs will be played in June.

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