Cape Verde, Angola and Algeria got off to the best of starts in their first 2017 African Nations Cup qualifiers on Saturday.
Cape Verde demolished Sao Tome and Principe 7-1 as six different players got on the scoresheet, with Djaniny netting a brace, while Angola thumped Central African Republic 4-0 courtesy of goals from Gerson, Dolly Menga, Gelson and Gilberto.
Nigeria, looking to erase the memories of a woeful 2015 Afcon display, started well for the next edition by beating Chad 2-0 at home. Gbolahan Salami gave the Super Eagles the lead in the 63rd minute and despite going down to 10 men in the 79th minute when Ogenyi Onazi was dismissed, Odion Ighalo made the points safe with a goal from the penalty spot just a minute later.
Algeria also got off to a convincing start, winning 4-0 against Seychelles as Hilal Soudani bagged a brace. Islam Slimani and Nabil Bentaleb got the other two. In earlier matches, PSL pair Cuthbert Malajila and Khama Billiat both scored in Zimbabwe's 2-1 win in Malawi.