Close ties after first legs in CHAN qualifiers

Both ties are still tight after the first legs of the 2018 African Nations Championship first round Southern Zone qualifiers played at the weekend.

Madagascar edged to a 1-0 home victory over COSAFA rivals Malawi, but now face a daunting trip away to Blantyre to finish the job this coming weekend.

Morelin Raveloarisona scored the only goal of the game with four minutes remaining on the clock.

Mauritius gained a 2-1 home win over fellow islanders Seychelles, but will know there is plenty more work to be done in the return.

Emmanuel Vincent Jean and Francis Rasolofonirina had Mauritius 2-0 up, but Manoo Yannick Dominique netted 12 minutes from time for what could still b e a crucial away goal for the Seychelles.

The winners of the two ties will advance to the next round of qualifying in July.

Mozambique away the winner of Madagascar/Malawi, while Angola will take on the victor between Mauritius and Seychelles.