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Mauritania beat Botswana to reach first ever Africa Cup of Nations

Mauritania beat Botswana to reach first ever Africa Cup of Nations

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have qualified for an Africa Cup of Nations tournament for the first time in their history after beating 2-1 on Sunday.

Mauritania were drawn in Group I alongside Burkina Faso, Angola, and Botswana, and they have defied all the odds, reaching the final tournament in Cameroon.

After picking up nine points from their first games, they needed to beat Botswana at home in order to secure their place in the finals.

Things didn’t go as planned as Kobe opened the scoring for the visitors after only four minutes, however, Ismaël Diakité was the hero for his nation, scoring two goals in the 20th and 84th minute, which sent Mauritania into their first ever AFCON.

The victory put Mauritania top of the group with 12 points, three ahead of second-placed Angola and five ahead of Burkina Faso, while Botswana sit bottom with only one point.

The final qualification spot will go to either Angola or Burkina Faso, but Angola are in a better position as they only need to beat Botswana to reach the finals.

It’s worth mentioning that Madagascar have also reached the AFCON for the first time ever after securing a top-two spot in group A.

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