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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Mali find late winner; Zimbabwe cruise in Africans Nations Cup qualifying

Mustapha Yatabare scored in the 89th minute to give Mali a 1-0 win at Equatorial Guinea in African Nations Cup qualifying on Monday.

The Group C match appeared headed for a draw until Yatabare sent in a shot from distance with a minute to play.

Mali retook the lead in Group C by a point over Benin.

Zimbabwe took control of Group L with a 4-0 win over Swaziland.

Knowledge Musona, Costa Nhamoinesu, Evans Rusike and Khama Billiat were on the scoresheet as the hosts moved three points clear with two...

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Zambia held to draw by Congo in African Nations Cup qualifying

Zambia were held to a 1-1 draw by Congo in a key African Nations Cup qualifier on Wednesday.

Winston Kalengo's opener for hosts Zambia on the hour mark was cancelled out by Jordan Massengo's strike 15 minutes later.

Congo lead Group E with five points through three games, ahead on goal difference of Zambia, who won the tournament in 2012.

Also in Group E, Guinea-Bissau kept pace with a 1-0 win at home over Kenya, thanks to Idrissa Camara's 15th-minute goal.

Stephane Sessegnon scored as Benin went...

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang edges Yaya Toure as African player of year

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop delves deeper into the latest transfer rumours.

Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was named African Footballer of the Year over Manchester City's Yaya Toure on Thursday night.

The result ends a streak of four consecutive awards from the Confederation of African Football for the Ivorian Toure, who had won every year since 2011.

Gabon international Aubameyang, who finished second to Toure a year ago, earned 143 points this time, barely edging runner-up Toure's 136 in CAF's rankings.

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Nigeria and Ghana advance to CAF group stage in World Cup qualifying

Ivory Coast players celebrate during their win against Liberia.

Nigeria advanced to the third round of African qualifying for the 2018 World Cup with a 2-0 win over Swaziland on Tuesday.

After a goalless first leg, the Super Eagles finally found a breakthrough in the 52nd minute when Moses Simon curled in a free kick.

Nigeria allowed the visitors few chances from that point and doubled their advantage with Fefe Ambrose's free kick in the 87th minute.

Phumlani Dlamini was sent off in stoppage time for Swaziland as Nigeria reached the group stage.

Ghana also moved...

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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...