Algeria won away at Tanzania in their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Wednesday as they continue their rehabilitation after a miserable start to the year but there was a second defeat for the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Congo and Mozambique were the other winners in the latest round of qualifying matches for the 2023 finals in the Ivory Coast while Mauritania and Niger picked up away points.
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Algeria made a poor defence of its Cup of Nations title in Cameroon this year and was dramatically beaten in the last minute of the March World Cup playoffs.
It beat Uganda at home on Saturday, however, and travelled to Dar-es-Salaam to secure another 2-0 victory on Wednesday.
Ramy Bensebaini scored on the stroke of halftime after Tanzania had several early chances and Mohamed Amoura added a second with a stinging shot from close range in the last minute of the Group F game.
Algeria is now well placed to secure early qualification as it sits on six points with Niger on two after holding Uganda to a 1-1 draw in Kampala on Wednesday. Uganda and Tanzania have one each.
Walid Bakhet and Mohamed Abdelrahman scored for Sudan as they beat DR Congo 2-1, heaping more pressure onto the visitors after they lost at home to Gabon at the weekend.
It could also spell an end to Hector Cuper’s spell as coach of DR Congo, who failed to reach the last Cup of Nations finals.
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Mauritania, which beat Sudan 3-0 at the weekend, moved to the top of Group I with a goalless draw in Franceville against Gabon.
Mozambique pulled off a surprise 1-0 win at Benin with a first-half strike from Geny Catamo in Group L while Antoine Makoumbou got the only goal as Congo beat the Gambia in Brazzaville to get their first points of the Group G campaign.
The top two teams in each of the 12 groups qualify for the finals, except in Group H where hosts Ivory Coast are competing. In that group, only one team other than the Ivorians will qualify.