Cameroon striker Vincent Aboubakar (Photo: Reuters)
Cameroon and Ivory Coast opened their World Cup qualifying campaign with second-round first-leg victories away from home with respective wins against Niger and Liberia on Firday.
In Niamey, Cameroon prevailed 3-0, thanks to first-half goals from Stephane M'Bia, Vincent Aboubakar and Edgar Salli who gave The Indomitable Lions a comfortable win ahead of the return leg in Yaoundé on November 17.
Whereas in Monrovia, another away side managed to come up with a win, with a 44th-minute goal from Zoro Cyriac giving the Elephants a narrow lead ahead of the return leg in Abidjan four days later.
The winner of the second qualifying round make it to a five four-team group stage, whose winners reach the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Cameroon bid to reach the prestigious competition for the third time running, having made it to the finals in 2010 and 2014, where they were dumped out from the group-stage in both tournaments.
On the other hand, Ivory Coast eye a fourth World Cup appearance.
Another team to bag an away win were Tunisia, who sealed a comeback 2-1 victory at Mauritania.
Tunisia's Wahbi Khazri cancelled out Oumar N'Diaye's first-half goal, before Yassine Chikhaoui grabbed the winner in the 68th minute.
The only African powerhouses who failed to win away from home were Nigeria, who played out a goalless draw with Swaziland.
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