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Egypt worst third, defending champions out as 16 AFCON teams confirmed

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Posted on November 20, 2014

Nigeria Fail Qualification

A dramatic final day came to a close as all 16 teams that will contest the 2015 AFCON were decided.

Current champions failed to qualify following a home draw against Group A leaders South Africa. The Nigerians started the game with 7 points in second place ahead of Congo by goal difference.

The Super Eagles found themselves behind to two brilliant individual goals by Tokelo Rantie on either side of the break. Substitute Sone Aluko pulled one back for the hosts in the 67th minute but as Congo led in Sudan the Nigerians needed two more. Bafana Bafana were reduced to 10 men in the 71st minute as Reneilwe Letsholonyane picked up his second yellow card, and the hosts mounted the pressure.

An equaliser finally came in the 94th minute as Aluko scored his second of the game from a long range effort. It was too little too late as Igor Nganga’s goal for Congo sealed the win in Sudan and took his side to second spot with 10 points. With 8 points Nigeria knew they were also out of the race for best third place which was now being led by in Group D.

DR Congo were strong favourites at home against a Sierra Leone side that was thrashed 1-5 by Ivory Coast in their previous fixture . However, it was the underdogs who struck first through John Kamara in the 35th minute. It was not long before Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie equalised for the home side to make it 1-1 at the break.

Needing a win to stand a chance of qualifying, DR Congo took control of the game in the second half. The pressure resulted in a penalty kick accompanied by a red card for Sierra Leone in the 67th minute. Centre-back Cédric Mongongu converted from the spot before Bolasie scored his second of the game in injury time to seal a 3-1 victory that took his team’s tally to 9 points.

In the group’s other clash, the Elephants of Ivory Coast played a lacklustre 0-0 draw against leaders Cameroon. The Indomitable Lions had Stephane Mbia sent off in the 58th minute, but the hosts appeared content with the point that ensured they finish in second place.

Chaotic scenes sparked after the final whistle as hundreds of celebrating home fans stormed the pitch, pulled a crossbar down and were chased by the police with batons.

 

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Ivory Coast fans invade the pitch after the final whistle

Elsewhere, in Group B, all three teams behind leaders Algeria had mathematical chances of snatching the group’s second ticket. Occupying second place before kick-off,  secured the spot in style with victory over the Desert Foxes in Bamako. Goals from Seydou Keita (pen.) and Mustapha Yatabare secured the 2-0 win while Ethiopia and Malawi were out after their 0-0 draw in Addis Ababa.

In Group E, qualified after climbing to second place on the expense of visitors Uganda. The goals came from Ibrahima Traore and Seydouba Soumah who converted from the spot after Uganda’s Andy Mwesigwa was shown red. joined group frontrunners Ghana, who beat visitors Togo 3-1, while Uganda were also out of contention for best third place.

The day’s late kick-off  saw the final remaining contestant for best third place take on, already qualified, Tunisia. The Egyptians had to beat the Group G leaders by a two goal margin in Tunis. Despite a better performance than in their previous games the Pharaohs went down 2-1 as DR Congo was confirmed the winner of the third place race.

Senegal, who had also qualified from this group after beating Egypt 0-1 four days ago, finished the campaign with victory over group minnows Botswana 3-0.

 

Qualified 16:

Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Congo, DR Congo, Equatorial Guinea (hosts), , Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia, Zambia.

 

Final Group Standings:


Group A
South Africa
Congo
Nigeria
Sudan


Pts
12
10
8
3

GD
6
0
2
-8

 


Group B
Algeria
Mali
Malawi
Ethiopia

Pts
15
9
7
4

GD
7
2
-4
-5

 


Group C
Gabon
Burkina Faso
Angola
Lesotho

Pts
12
11
6
2

GD
5
4
0
-9

 


Group D
Cameroon
Ivory Coast
DR Congo
Sierra Leone

Pts
14
10
9
1

GD
8
2
1
-11

 


Group E
Ghana
Guinea
Uganda
Togo

Pts
11
10
7
6

GD
4
2
-1
-5

 


Group F
Cape Verde
Zambia
Mozambique
Niger

Pts
12
11
6
3

GD
3
4
0
-7

 


Group G
Tunisia
Senegal
Egypt
Botswana

Pts
14
13
6
1

GD
4
7
-1
-10

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