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Morocco qualify Nigeria eliminated: 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification roundup

The favourites got themselves back on the front foot at the halfway stage of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification.

Despite the big wigs taking steps to qualification, there was no shortage of talking points in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification.

Chad pulled out of Group G, playing a huge hand in Nigeria’s elimination. In Nairobi, crowd trouble halted the match as Kenyan fans came to terms with defeats to Guinea-Bissau

Egypt’s return to their favourite competition is imminent. The Pharaohs drew one and won one of their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification ties against Nigeria.

Mohamed Salah netted a late equalizer in Kaduna while Sobhy scored the winner in Alexandria. The results knocked out three times winners Nigeria.

Tunisia ended the two matchdays placed as one of the two best runners-ups. They too got four points off their opponents. Youssef Msakni netted the winner, against Togo, in Monastir before a goalless draw in Lome.

Morocco became the first team to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. Herve Renard, who has won the tournament twice, masterminded two wins over Cape Verde in Group F. Youssef El-Arabi scored all three goals to maintain the Atlas Lions’ perfect record.

Also in Group F, Libya stayed alive for a runners-up spot with a 4-0 win over Sao Tome in Cairo. They had suffered a humbling loss, to the minnows, in the away match.

Algeria scored 10 goals in two matches against Ethiopia. Despite a 7-1 win in Blida, the Desert Foxes have to wait at least one more matchday to qualify.

The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations resumes, for the penultimate round, on the weekend of 3-5 June, 2016.

Here is a summary of the results and group standings:

Group A

Djibouti 0-1 Liberia

Tunisia 1-0 Togo

Togo 0-0 Tunisia

Liberia 5-0 Djibouti

Liberia 9pts, Tunisia 7pts, Togo 7pts, Djibouti 0pts

Group B

Madagascar 1-1 Central African Republic

DR Congo 2-1 Angola

Central African Republic 2-1 Madagascar

Angola 0-2 DR Congo

DR Congo 9pts, Central African Republic 7pts, Angola 4pts, Madagascar 2pts

Group C

South Sudan 1-2 Benin

Mali 1-0 Equatorial Guinea

Benin 4-1 South Sudan

Equatorial Guinea 0-1 Mali

Mali 10pts, Benin 8pts, South Sudan 3pts, Equatorial Guinea 1pts

Group D

Comoros 1-0 Botswana

Burkina Faso 1-0 Uganda

Botswana 2-1 Comoros

Uganda 0-0 Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso 7pts, Uganda 7pts, Botswana 6pts, Comoros 3pts

Group E

Guinea-Bissau 1-0 Kenya

Zambia 1-1 Congo

Kenya 0-1 Guinea-Bissau

Congo 1-1 Zambia

Guinea-Bissau 7pts, Congo 6pts, Zambia 6pts, Kenya 1pts

Group F

Sao Tome and Prinicipe 2-1 Libya

Cape Verde 0-1 Morocco

Libya 4-0 Sao Tome and Principe

Morocco 2-0 Cape Verde

Morocco 12pts, Cape Verde 6pts, Libya 3pts, Sao Tome and Principe 3pts

Group G

Nigeria 1-1 Egypt

Egypt 1-0 Nigeria

Egypt 7pts, Nigeria 2pts, Tanzania 1pts

Group H

Ghana 3-1 Mozambique

Mauritius 1-0 Rwanda

Mozambique 0-0 Ghana

Rwanda 5-0 Mauritius

Ghana 10pts, Rwanda 6pts, Mauritius 6pts, Mozambique 1pts

Group I

Ivory Coast 1-0 Sudan

Sudan 1-1 Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast 5pts, Sudan 4pts, Sierra Leone 1pts

Group J

Algeria 7-1 Ethiopia

Seychelles 2-0 Lesotho

Lesotho 2-1 Seychelles

Ethiopia 3-3 Seychelles

Algeria 10pts, Ethiopia 5pts, Seychelles 4pts, Lesotho 3pts

Group K

Burundi 1-3 Namibia

Senegal 2-0 Niger

Nigeria 1-2 Senegal

Namibia 1-3 Burundi

Senegal 12pts, Burundi 6pts, Niger 3pts, Namibia 3pts

Group L

Swaziland 1-1 Zimbabwe

Guinea 0-0 Malawi

Zimbabwe 4-0 Swaziland

Malawi 1-2 Guinea

Zimbabwe 8pts, Swaziland 5pts, Guinea 5pts, Malawi 2pts

Group M

Mauritania 2-1 Gambia

Cameroon 2-2 South Africa

South Africa 0-0 Cameroon

Gambia 0-0 Mauritania

Cameroon 8pts, Mauritania 7pts, South Africa 3pts, Gambia 2pts

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