South African national football team celebrates a goal during the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifyer football match between South Africa and Nigeria at Goodswill Akpabio International Stadium in the southern city of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on June 10, 2017 AFP
African champions Cameroon kicked off their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign with a vital 1-0 home victory over rivals Morocco in Yaoundé on Saturday.
A 24th-minute goal from Besiktas striker Vincent Aboubakar was enough to give the Indomitable Lions all three points to move top of Group B, level on points with Malawi - who beat Comoros 1-0 earlier in the day.
Attempting to make amends for their failure to reach this year's Cup of Nations finals in Gabon, Nigeria's bid was not helped after succumbing to a 2-0 home defeat bySouth Africa.
A 54th-minute header from Rantie Tokelo gave the visitors the lead before a solo couter-attacking goal from Percy Tau eight minutes from time meant the Super Eagles failed to get off to a winning start in Uyo.
South Africa are second with an inferior goal difference to leaders Libya, who emphatically thrashed Seychelles 5-1 to top the group.
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