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Ethiopia, Mauritania and Guinea-Bissau qualify

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                The qualifying campaign for the African Cup of Nations (CAN) comes to an end on Tuesday.  Five places still remained to be taken for the competition in Cameroon and Ethiopia took one, as did Mauritania.

                                    <p>CAN qualifiers, continuation and end.  The sixth and final day of the qualification campaign for the competition in Cameroon ends on Tuesday, March 30.  Mauritania, Burundi, Central African Republic (group E), Congo, Guinea-Bissau (group I), Ethiopia, Madagascar (group K), Benin and Sierra Leone (group L) were all eligible for one of the last five qualifying tickets. 

• Guinea-Bissau 3 – 0 Congo (6 p.m.)

Woe to the loser in this “final” for second place in Group I. At home, the Bissau-Guineans are enterprising and materialize just before half-time. On a confusion of the Congolese defense, Piqueti recovers the ball and takes the opportunity to deceive the opposing goalkeeper (45e+1). Then the striker turns into a passer for Frederic Mendy. The latter doubles the bet against the timid “Red Devils” (73e). Jorginho completed the victory and qualification a few minutes later (80e).

The scenario is cruel for the Congo, exemplary over the first four days before collapsing in the home stretch.

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• Sierra Leone – Benin (18 h)

Benin in a trap in Sierra Leone? The Squirrels’ match never started because five of their players tested positive for Covid-19 during their exam in Sierra Leone. The Beninese refused to get off their bus claiming that these tests were rigged because those carried out in Cotonou showed that all the players were negative. The Beninese federation speaks of “a shame” and asks CAF to intervene.

As a reminder, Benin lacks a draw to qualify while Sierra Leone absolutely must win to qualify.

<p><strong>• Senegal 1 - 1 Eswatini (18</strong> <strong>h)</strong>
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Senegal was scared but finished the playoffs undefeated. Led by Eswatini from the start of the meeting (5e), the “Lions of Teranga” were almost surprised at home by the 153e of the Fifa rankings. The Senegalese waited until the very last moment to snatch the draw thanks to Cheikhou Kouyaté (95e).

• Nigeria 3 – 0 Lesotho (18 h)

Already qualified, the “Super Eagles” walked against Lesotho in Lagos. Victor Osimhen (22e), Etebo (51e) and Paul Onuachu (83e) scored the goals of the game and enabled Nigeria to complete their qualifiers undefeated.

• Ivory Coast 3 – 1 Ethiopia (15 h)

The Elephants almost trampled on Ethiopia’s CAN dreams. Serge Aurier’s teammates knocked out their opponents from the start by opening the scoring from a corner from the 3e minute. Franck Kessié doubled the bet shortly after from the penalty spot (19e).

Visitors then push to reduce the mark. They finally get there by Getaneh Kebede (74e) but Jean Kouassi immediately punished the slight Ethiopian relaxation by getting rid of three defenders before scoring (76e). The match ends in a strange way, less than ten minutes from its end with a feeling of discomfort on the part of the referee. The end of the meeting is called and, despite the defeat, Ethiopia qualifies thanks to the draw of Madagascar (see below).

• Madagascar 0 – 0 Niger (15 h)

Before the match, the equation was simple for Madagascar: you had to win and cross your fingers for Côte d’Ivoire to win against the Ethiopians. If the Elephants fulfilled the second part of the contract, the Malagasy “Bareas” missed each other against Niger.

Too timid in the first period, they let themselves be dominated by a Niger who had already been eliminated. In the second half, no doubt driven by the good news from the other field, the Malagasy stormed the Nigerian cages. For 45 minutes, the “Zebus” push, try and pull. Nothing helps, despite long stoppages granted by the referee. Three years after the good story in Egypt, the Malagasy will not experience a second consecutive CAN final phase.

• Central African Republic 0 – 1 Mauritania (15 h)

Mission accomplished for Mauritania. Corentin Martins’ men had their fate in hand when it came time to play this sixth day and they did not fail. Thanks to a goal from Aboubakar Kamara (45th + 2), the Mauritanians won in the Central African Republic and therefore qualified for the next CAN. A victory that eliminates Burundi, before their match against Morocco.

Countries already qualified for CAN-2022 :

Cameroon, host of the competition, Algeria (defending champion), Senegal, Tunisia, Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Comoros, Gambia, Ghana, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Zimbabwe, Morocco, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Nigeria, Sudan and Malawi.

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