Senegal through to Afcon finals, Cameroon bow to Namibia skills

Senegal through to Afcon finals, Cameroon bow to Namibia skills

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All defending champions Senegal, Burkina Faso, South Africa and Tunisia added their names to the list of qualified teams for next year’s African Cup of Nations finals after away successes in Tuesday’s qualifiers.

Senegal, who are the current holders by winning the tournament in Cameroon 14 months ago, beat Mozambique 1-0 away to keep up their 100% record and secure top spot in Group L while a point away for Burkina Faso at Togo in a 1-1 draw was enough for them to progress from Group B

South Africans Bafana Bafana scrambled a 2-1 away win over Liberia to join Morocco, who qualified automatically without kicking a ball last week, from Group K.

Tunisia ensured its top-two finish in Group J as Haithem Jouini scored the only goal away against their neighbour Libya in Benghazi, where frustrated home fans rained down an assortment of bottles onto the pitch in the final 10 minutes to leave it looking like a battle zone in world war Z movie.

Algeria are the other country to have secured qualification, which they did on Monday by beating Niger, along with hosts Ivory Coast.

Mohamed Salah scored as Egypt won 4-0 away in Malawi to take the Group D lead, but there was an embarrassing defeat for Cameroon away against Namibia.

Cape Verde Islands, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia and Uganda also won on Tuesday to stay in contention.

Boulaye Dia scored Senegal’s goal in the 18th minute in Maputo to earn them the chance to defend their title in the Ivory Coast next January.

South Africa had thrown away a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw against Liberia at home on Friday but their 2-1 win in Monrovia on Tuesday guarantees them a top-two finish and eliminates Liberia.

Namibia captain Peter Shalulile scored on a rebound and Absalom Iimbondi’s free-kick went through a porous Cameroon wall to earn the southern African country a famous win over the five-time African champions.

Cameroon could only respond with a late consolation from Vincent Aboubakar but will still qualify if they win against Burundi at home in their last qualifier in September.

Gambia’s 1-0 win over Mali, with a late goal from defender Omar Colley, kept them in contention to qualify again. Their debut performance at the last finals in Cameroon saw them reach the quarterfinals.

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