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.
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:
Djibouti 0-1 Liberia
Tunisia 1-0 Togo
Togo 0-0 Tunisia
Liberia 5-0 Djibouti
Liberia 9pts, Tunisia 7pts, Togo 7pts, Djibouti 0pts
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
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
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
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
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
Nigeria 1-1 Egypt
Egypt 1-0 Nigeria
Egypt 7pts, Nigeria 2pts, Tanzania 1pts
Ghana 3-1 Mozambique
Mauritius 1-0 Rwanda
Mozambique 0-0 Ghana
Rwanda 5-0 Mauritius
Ghana 10pts, Rwanda 6pts, Mauritius 6pts, Mozambique 1pts
Ivory Coast 1-0 Sudan
Sudan 1-1 Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast 5pts, Sudan 4pts, Sierra Leone 1pts
Algeria 7-1 Ethiopia
Seychelles 2-0 Lesotho
Lesotho 2-1 Seychelles
Ethiopia 3-3 Seychelles
Algeria 10pts, Ethiopia 5pts, Seychelles 4pts, Lesotho 3pts
Burundi 1-3 Namibia
Senegal 2-0 Niger
Nigeria 1-2 Senegal
Namibia 1-3 Burundi
Senegal 12pts, Burundi 6pts, Niger 3pts, Namibia 3pts
Swaziland 1-1 Zimbabwe
Guinea 0-0 Malawi
Zimbabwe 4-0 Swaziland
Malawi 1-2 Guinea
Zimbabwe 8pts, Swaziland 5pts, Guinea 5pts, Malawi 2pts
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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