Saturday’s qualifiers – As they happened

Didier Drogba of Cote d’Ivoire brought you all the goals as they went in during Saturday’s qualifiers for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

A number of the continent’s big guns sealed their place in South Africa next year, including Zambia, who squeezed past Uganda 9-8 in a penalty shoot-out.

Nigeria, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Morocco, Tunisia and Mali have also booked their tickets to Mzansi in January.  

Some of the continent’s leading nations still have plenty of work to do on Sunday though, such as Cameroon who must overturn a 2-0 deficit at home to Cape Verde. Boosting them is the return after nine months of talismanic forward Samuel Eto’o.

FT – Malawi 0-1 Ghana (first leg 0-2) – Play-by-Play
FT – Uganda (8) 1-0 (9) Zambia (0-1) – Play-by-Play
FT  Botswana 1-4 Mali (0-3)
FT – Nigeria 6-1 Liberia (2-2) – Play-by-Play
FT – Tunisia 0-0 Sierra Leone (2-2)
ABAN – Senegal 0-2 Ivory Coast (2-4)
FT – Morocco 4-0 Mozambique (0-2)

All times are CAT

23h57 – FULLTIME: Morocco 4-0 Mozambique. Morocco seal their place at the Africa Cup of Nations with a 4-2 aggregate win!

23h55 – GOAL Morocco have made the tie safe with another goal from Nordin Amrabat. It’s 4-0 on the night.

23h47 – GOAL! Morocco have turned this tie around as Al-Arabi gets his header right this time round. They now lead 3-2 on aggregate against the 10-men of Mozambique.

23h36 – Morocco have struck the outside of the post as they continue to push forward. Mozambique hanging on.

23h26 – GOAL! Houssine Kharja converts the spot-kick and we are all level in the tie!

23h25 – RED CARD: Miro gets his marching orders after giving away a penalty. Disaster for Morocco!

23h18 – Al-Arabi misses an easy header and Kharja blows another chance. Morocco are knocking on the door though. 

23h10 – The second half is under way in Morocco, where the hosts still trail Mozambique 2-1 on aggregate even though they lead on the night.

23h02 – ABANDONED: Senegal 0-2 Cote d’Ivoire. Cote d’Ivoire are likely to be handed the place in South Africa 2013 that they deserve after unruly Senegalese fans forced the abandonment of this tie with 76 minutes on the clock. The Ivorians led 6-2 on aggregate and their passage was assured, but it was a poor advert for African football for the game to end this way.

22h49 – Halftime in Morocco and the home side lead 1-0. 

22h43 – GOAL! Morocco have taken the lead on the night through Abdelaziz Barrada and pulled a goal back on aggregate. Now 1-0 on the night and 1-2 on aggregate.

22h34 – In Morocco, Youssef Al Arabi beats offside trap after 25 mins and benefits from slip by defender Mexer, but could not find the finish.

22h32 – Still chaotic scenes in Dakar, the Senegalese FA are going to have a lot of explaining to do. It is unlikely this game will carry on. The tie was over as a contest in any event.

22h16 – The match in Dakar has been interrupted with people on the pitch and missiles being thrown at Ivorian fans. It is all a bit chaotic and it remains to be seen whether we will get back under way at all. 

22h11 – FULLTIME: Tunisia 0-0 Sierra Leone. Tunisia ride their luck but they are through and there is no Nations Cup dream for Sierra Leone. 

22h05 – GOAL! Didier Drogba has added a penalty for Cote d’Ivoire to make it 2-0 on the night and 6-2 on aggregate. Home and dry.

22h03 – Our final game of the day is under way as Morocco must overturn a 2-0 deficit at home to Mozambique.

21h58 – Sierra Leone have had another goal disallowed, this time for a foul on Aymen Mathlouthi. Tunisia have been lucky tonight.

21h46 – GOAL! Didier Drogba! The Ivorians talisman scores with a trademark free-kick and that has surely sealed Cote d’Ivoire‘s place in South Africa!

21h21 – It is halftime in Dakar, Senegal have had a goal disallowed for a foul on the Cote d’Ivoire goalkeeper, but they need to find two goals from somewhere …

21h16 – We are just about back under way in Tunisia.

21h07 – Halftime in Tunisia and it is 0-0, but Sierra Leone are down to 10 men.

20h49 – DISALLOWED! Sierra Leone have the ball in the back of the net but it is disallowed for offside. Close shave for the home side.

20h44 – RED CARD: Djibril Sanko has received his marching orders for Sierra Leone after a tackle on Tunisia’s Hamdi Harbaoui!

20h31 – We are under way in Dakar where Senegal host Cote d’Ivoire is a massive match!

20h24 – Team news ahead of the Senegal-Cote d’Ivoire clash, here are the starting line-ups:

Senegal line-up : Ousmane Mané, Zargo Touré, Lamine Sané, Cheikh Kouyaté, Pape Ndiaye Souaré, Mouhamed Diamé, Idrissa Gana Guéye, Dame Ndoye, Moussa Sow, Papisss Cissé (Cap), Demba Bâ

CIV Line-up : Copa Barry , Eboué Emmanuel, Bamba Souleymane, Touré Kolo, Tiéné Siaka, Zokora, Tioté Cheik, Touré Yaya, Gradel Max, Gervinho, Drogba.

20h15 – We are under way in Tunisia!

20h00 – We are just 15 minutes away from our next match as Tunisia host Sierra Leone. The first leg in Freetown finished 2-2, but the Tunisians should take this one.

18h55 – FULLTIME: Nigeria 6-1 Liberia. A thumping win for Nigeria in the end and that should give them plenty of confidence as they head to South Africa 2013!

18h48 – GOAL! Nigeria have not scoring though as Victor Moses gets his second of the game to make the score 6-1.

18h43 – GOAL! Liberia have pulled one back through Patrick Wleh as a consolation for the visitors.

18h35 – GOAL! Nigeria have scored their fifth and it is Ike Uche who gets on the scoresheet!

18h32 – RED CARD: Liberia skipper Gebro Duncan gets a second booking and he is sent off!

18h11 – GOAL! Jon Mikel Obi is on the scoresheet now as the score goes to 4-0 for Nigeria. This is shaping up to be some performance!

18h07 – GOAL! Victor Moses has made the tie safe for Nigeria with a third!

18h04 – We are back under way in Nigeria, the Super Eagles are 45 minutes away from the Nations Cup finals.

17h53 – It is halftime in Nigeria and the Super Eagles are well in charge.

17h43 – GOAL! Nigeria are 2-0 up as Ahmed Musa scores and that should be that. The Super Eagles are flying again!

17h17 – FULLTIME: Uganda (8) 1-0 (9) Zambia  The African champions Zambia squeeze through in a thrilling penalty shoot-out. It is heart-break for Uganda, who have not been to the Nations Cup in 36 years and will have to wait a while longer. Zambia can breath again!

17h15 – We are at 8-8 in the penalty shoot-out in Kampala. The tension is in credible!

17h03 – GOAL! Nigeria lead inside a minute through Efe Ambrose, what a start for the Super Eagles! That should settle some nerves.

17h01 – And we are under way in Nigeria, where the home side will be expected to defeat Liberia.

16h58 – It is fulltime in Kampala, but with the tie level at 1-1 on aggregate, the game will go to a penalty shoot-out. What drama!

16h56 – FULLTIME: Botswana 1-4 Mali.  All over and this one was never really a contest. Mali, who finished third in 2012, will have the chance to do better in South Africa next year.

16h53 – Be sure to catch our live Play-by-Play coverage of the match between Nigeria and Liberia starting at 17h00!

16h52 – GOAL! Botswana have a consolation goal late on with just three minutes left to play …

16h44 – GOAL! Mali are running riot now, they lead 4-0 on the day and 7-0 on aggregate.

16h38 – Senegal coach Joseph Koto will field four strikers against Cote d’Ivoire – Dame Ndoye, Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse and Moussa Sow, with only two confirmed midfielders in Mouhamed Diame and Idrissa Gueye. That as he chases the tie against the Ivorians with a 4-2 deficit from the first leg. 

16h35 – GOAL! Mali have been dominant again in Botswana and now lead 3-0. It is a comprehensive 6-0 lead on aggregate.

16h27 – GOAL! Mali haver their second through Modibo Maiga and they extend their aggregate lead to 5-0 over Botswana.

16h21 – FULLTIME: Malawi 0-1 Ghana. So Ghana become the first team other than hosts South Africa to seal their place at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations!

16h06 – We are back under way in Kampala, a crucial 45 minutes for these two teams. Uganda have not been to the Africa Cup of Nations finals since 1976 … while Zambia are defending champs!

15h55 – It is halftime in Kampala and Gaborone. Uganda hold a crucial 1-0 lead over Zambia that leaves that tie all square, while Mali have just about sealed their place in South Africa with a 4-0 aggregate lead over Botswana.

15h34 – GOAL! Mali are ahead in Gaborone through Cheick Diabate and that has killed this tie, Botswana now need to score five.

15h31 – GOAL! Huge goal in Kampala as Uganda have taken the lead through Geoffrey Massa to draw their tie with Africans champions Zambia level. What a game we have now!

15h29 – No goals in Kampala or Gaborone, and we will start the second half in Lilongwe soon.

15h13 – The game in Lilongwe is approaching halftime with Ghana still ahead, but it is very open and both keepers have been very busy! 

15h01 – And we are under way in Gaborone, where Botswana need to overturn a 0-3 deficit against Mali. Tough.

15h00 – We are under way in Kampala too, you can follow that match with our Play-by-Play coverage right here!

14h47 – Some teams news for Mali in their match against Botswana and it is not good for the visitors. After Seydou Keita, Adama Tamboura and Mustapha Yattabare withdrew, Mali have lost Momo Sissoko, Fousseiny Diawara and possibly Kalilou Traore to injury as well.

14h36 – GOAL! Well, that didn’t take long! Ghana have the lead through Afriyie Acquah and it is devastating for Malawi, who must now score four times to advance!

14h33 – we are under way in Lilongwe in our first match, can Ghana complete the job and seal their place in South Africa next year?

14h28 – We have the line-ups from the clash in Uganda coming up at 15h00, where African champions Zambia must protect a 1-0 lead.  

Uganda: Dennis Onyango, Andrew Mwesigwa, Simeon Massa, Godfrey Walusimbi, Henry Kalungi, Tonny Mawejje, Moses Oloya, Hassan Waswa, Brian Umony, Geofret Massa, Geofrey Kizito

Zambia: Kennedy Mweene, Emmanuel Mbola, Nathan Sinkala, Chisamba Lungu, Hichani Himoonde, Stoppila sunzu, Davies Nkausu, William Njobvu, Isaac Chansa, Christopher Katongo, Emmanuel Mayuka

14h25 – You can catch out Play-by-Play coverage of Malawi vs Ghana right here, don’t miss a minute of the action!

14h15 – It is 15 minutes to kick-off in our first match where home side Malawi must overturn a 2-0 deficit against continental giants Ghana. Tall order!