Nigeria Super Eagles on Sunday made a bright start to their Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B qualifying campaign thanks to a 2-1 away win over Zambia at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
The game marked low start for Zambia coach Wedson Nyirenda who was making his debut as Chipolopolo trainer.
Zambia slump to the bottom of Group B and regroup for a trip to Cameroon on match day two on November 7 while Nigeria, on three points head home to await Algeria.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles sit at the top of Group B after beating Zambia 2-1 away in Ndola. Cameroon and Algeria follow in that order with a point each with Zambia at the depth with no point.
Second half goals from Aymen Abdennour and substitute Anis Ben-Hatira powered Tunisia to a 2-0 win over Guinea in their Group A clash on Sunday in Monastir.
The Carthage Eagles were held in check by the visiting West Africans and had to wait for almost an hour to break the deadlock.
Elsewhere in Blida, visiting Cameroon came from behind to snatch a vital point off Algeria in their Group B fixture.
Les Fennecs’ took the lead after only seven minutes through El Arabi Soudani who notched home from close range.
The Indomitable Lions responded through Captain Benjamin Mounkandjo on 24 minutes with a shot through the legs of Algeria goalie Rais M’Bolhi, after Edgar Salli put him through.
Egypt moved to the top of Group E after a 2-1 win over Congo on Sunday away in Kintele.
The Pharaohs have three points, two more than Uganda and Ghana who played out a barren draw last Friday in Tamale, with Congo at the bottom of the standings pointless.
The victory comes as a huge boost to the seven-time African champions, eyeing their first ever participation at the Mundial since 1990.
Egypt hosts Ghana in November in Alexandria whilst Uganda battles Congo in Kampala.
Also on Saturday, there were opening group wins for Ivory Coast and Senegal.
Only the five group winners will qualify for Russia 2018.