File photo of Ivory Coast s national football team (Photo: CAF s official Twitter acccount)
Ivory Coast crushed Malawi 3-0 but only ensured the victory in the dying minutes.
Turkish-based midfielder Max-Alain Gradel gave them the lead on 36 minutes and PSV Eindhoven's Ibrahim Sangare added the second with five minutes remaining.
Sassuolo midfielder Jeremie Boga completed the rout in stoppage time as Ivory Coast maintained their unbeaten run.
Later on Friday, Cameroon strolled past Mozambique with a 3-1 win.
Bayern Munich striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting netted a double on 28 and 52 minutes and Karl Toko Ekambi put the icing on the cake with a third goal 11 minutes later.
Geny Catamo scored a consolation for Mozambique with 10 minutes remaining.
Ivory Coast top the group with seven points, just one ahead of Cameroon in what is likely to be a tight battle to occupy the group's solitary ticket to the final two-legged playoff.
Malawi are third on three points, with Mozambique lying at the bottom with a solitary point.