Egypt and Senegal qualified for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Gabon on Saturday as the penultimate round of fixtures continu...
Egypt and Senegal qualified for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Gabon on Saturday as the penultimate round of fixtures continued.
Egypt 2-0 Tanzania
Roma winger Mohamed Salah scored both of Egypt's goals in a 2-0 victory away to Tanzania as they returned to the finals of a Nations Cup for the first time since 2010.
Saturday's game in Dar es Salaam was Egypt's final match in the qualifiers, following Chad's withdrawal from Group G. Seven-time African champions Egypt knew that anything better than a 4-0 defeat would be enough for them to reach Gabon, having missed the last three Nations Cups.
Senegal 2-0 Burundi
Joining Egypt in Gabon will be Senegal who defeated Burundi 2-0 in Bujumbura to ensure they will top Group K thanks to goals from their English Premier League players, Sadio Mane and Mame Biram Diouf
The Teranga Lions have won all of their qualifiers so far and top the group with a maximum 15 points, while second placed Burundi have just six.
The group's other fixture was a fight for survival with Namibia beating Niger 1-0 courtesy of a 15th minute goal from Peter Shalulile. The win keeps Namibia's hopes of finishing as one of the best second placed sides alive but Niger cannot now qualify.
Guinea-Bissau are on the verge of their first ever appearance at an Africa Cup of Nations finals after securing a 3-2 home win over 2012 champions Zambia. Zambia now face a struggle to secure one of the best second-placed spots.
Uganda moved closer towards qualification with a vital 2-1 win away to Botswana to move three points clear at the top of Group D.
Group C leaders Mali also improved their chance of advancing to the finals with a 3-0 win away to South Sudan.
Goals from Abdoulay Diaby, Mobido Maiga and Mousa Doumbia gave Mali the victory which moves them five points ahead of second placed Benin who will now play their Group C match against Equatorial Guinea on Sunday 12 June after Fifa conditionally lifted Benin's ban.
Sierra Leone moved to within a point of reigning African champions and Group I leaders Ivory Coast with a 1-0 win over Sudan in Freetown.Sheka Fofanah scored the only goal for the Leone Stars to keep their hopes of qualifying alive.
Two goals apiece from Thamsanqa Gabuza and Keagan Dolly gave South Africa an emphatic 4-0 win away to The Gambia. It keeps alive Bafana Bafana's faint hopes of a best runners-up spot in Group M, won by Cameroon on Saturday.
In Group H, there was an eventful match in Kigali where second placed Rwanda lost 2-3 to visitors Mozambique who sit bottom of the group.
In Group F, Cape Verde boosted their hopes of qualifying as one of the two best runners-up with a 2-1 win away to Sao Tome e Principe.Morocco have already qualified as Group F winners.
The final round of group matches will be played in September.
Saturday's Africa Cup Of Nations Qualifiers:
- Grp G - Tanzania 0-2 Egypt (Q)
- Grp E - Guinea-Bissau 3-2 Zambia
- Grp K - Burundi 0-2 Senegal (Q)
- Grp C - South Sudan 0-3 Mali
- Grp H - Rwanda 2-3 Mozambique
- Grp I - Sierra Leone 1-0 Sudan
- Grp D - Botswana 1-2 Uganda
- Grp M - Gambia 0-4 South Africa
- Grp K - Namibia 1-0 Niger
- Grp I - Ivory Coast 2-1 Gabon (Friendly)
- Grp F - Sao Tome 1-2 Cape Verde