Botswana, Chad and Madagascar put themselves in the driving seat of their World Cup preliminary round qualifiers after they all claimed success.
Chad stunned visiting Sierra Leone, ranked 54 places below them in the world rankings, 1-0 in N’Djamena, Leger Djimrangar with the decisive strike two minutes after the restart.
The Leone Stars are still barred from hosting matches because of fears over the Ebola virus and will hope to turn over the tie in the return leg which will be played on 13 October in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
Madagascar took a giant step towards the next round of World Cup 2018 qualifiers with a 3-0 win over the Central African Republic in Antananarivo. Michael Rabeson opened the scoring for the Islanders in the 27th minute and Njiva Rakotoharimalala doubled the lead five minutes to the interval.
Skipper Paul Johann confirmed a huge first leg advantage with the third goal in the 65th minute.
Madagascar will still host the return leg on Tuesday 13 October in Antananarivo after Fifa moved the game to Antananarivo because of violence in Bangui.
Galabgwe Moyana and Joel Mogorosi scored either side of halt time as Botswana beat Eritrea 2-0 to leave the Southern Africa nation in control of advancing into the next round where they will face Mali.
The qualifiers continue Sunday with Kenya hosting Mauritius who have a 5-2 scoreline to overturn while Tanzania travel to Malawi who trail 2-0 from the first leg. Ethiopia welcome Sao Tome e Principe who claimed a shock 1-0 win in the first leg.
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