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Algeria fight back through Islam Slimani brace; Chad shock Egypt

Islam Slimani spearheaded Algeria's run to the last 16 of the World Cup.
Islam Slimani led from the front for Algeria.

Islam Slimani scored twice in the second half to salvage a 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw for Algeria in Tanzania.

African sides must get through two-legged ties before reaching the group stage and Tanzania, currently ranked 135th in the world, went 2-0 up against the 26th best in FIFA's list with goals from Maguri and Mbwana Samata either side of half-time.

However Sporting Lisbon man Slimani, who starred at the 2014 World Cup, struck twice to give the away side hope.

Egypt were shocked 1-0...

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African World Cup qualifying: DR Congo rally to open campaign with win

DR Congo and Guinea earned crucial away wins in the second round of African qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

All of the African sides must get through a two-legged tie before reaching the group stage.

Firmin Ndombe Mubele scored two late goals to rally DR Congo to a 3-2 win at Burundi.

Crystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie opened the scoring for DR Congo, only for Burundi to equalise through Cedric Amissi, who then put his side ahead in the 83rd minute.

But Mubele found the net in the...

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Human Rights Foundation hits out at Lionel Messi over Gabon trip

The ESPN FC panel address the recent photos that have surfaced of Lionel Messi's trip to Gabon, where Messi caused controversy for being slightly under-dressed to meet the president.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has been criticised by the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) for showing "enthusiastic support for the dictatorship" during his trip to Gabon last month.

Messi, 28, visited Gabon, which is set to stage the 2017 African Nations Cup, and met President Ali Bongo Ondimba, who drove him around the capital, Libreville.

HRF president Thor Halvorssen said on his organisation's website: "In providing PR services to Gabon's Bongo family, Lionel Messi has seriously undermined the...

 By Ian Holyman

Lionel Messi dressed 'like he were going to a zoo' - Gabon political party

Lionel Messi meets Gabon president Ali Bongo Ondimba (right).

Gabon's political opposition have accused Lionel Messi of showing a "lack of respect for standards and principles" after the Barcelona star met the African nation's president wearing denim shorts and a T-shirt.

Messi, 28, jetted into Gabon earlier this week on the first leg of a five-day visit to Africa, and met President Ali Bongo Ondimba in relaxed clothing.

A statement from the Union du Peuple Gabonais (UPG) party read: "The messiah of football arrived in Gabon like he were going to a zoo: dirty,...

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Ghana beat Mauritius and Cameroon win in African Nations Cup qualifiers

Ghana thrashed Mauritius 7-1 in their opening 2017 African Nations Cup qualifier in Accra.

The Group H favourites were ahead after just 10 minutes against Mauritius, who are ranked 176th in the FIFA World Ranking -- some 142 places below their hosts.

Christian Atsu opened the scoring, heading home a Harrison Afful cross for his ninth international goal, and it was 2-0 shortly afterwards when Jordan Ayew was presented with a tap-in by Jeffrey Schlupp.