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Ivory Coast and Morocco are now qualified

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                The fifth day of the qualifiers for the African Cup of Nations (CAN) continues on Friday.  Guinea-Bissau emerged victorious from their match against Eswatini while Burundi and CAR drew, which qualifies Morocco ahead of their match at Mauritania.  Côte d'Ivoire for its part easily disposed of Niger to qualify.

                                    <p>The CAN qualifiers continue on Friday March 26.  On the menu for the day, a nice poster with the match between Senegal and Congo as well as the promise of a good clash between Mauritania and Morocco.

>> To read also: “CAN qualifiers: the Covid-19, a puzzle for the release of internationals”

• Mauritania – Morocco (8 p.m.)

More info to come

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• Niger 0 – 3 Ivory Coast (5 p.m.)

In Niger, the Elephants did not tremble. Côte d’Ivoire quickly gained the upper hand over their opponent thanks to goals from Serge Aurier (25e) and Max-Alain Gradel (34e). Back from the locker room, Wilfried Kanon put his family permanently (60e). A victory which qualifies Nicolas Pépé’s teammates for the CAN in Cameroon.

• Congo 0 – 0 Senegal (5 p.m.)

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Senegal dominated, but Senegal did not score, despite the multiple opportunities that Sadio Mané provided himself, such as this crossbar in the 32e minute. A result that suits Guinea-Bissau (see below) which offers itself a final at home against Congo for second qualifying place in group I.

• Cape Verde – Cameroon (5 p.m.)

Less than a year before their CAN at home, the Indomitable Lions appeared fragile. Despite the opening of the score signed Kunde Malong (14th), Cameroon sank at the Estadio Nacional du Cap-Vert (3-1).

A defeat which reshuffles the cards of group F. If Cameroon is still the leader (and especially untouchable because of its status as country-organizer of the next edition), the fight for second place remains open. Cape Verde is now the best placed (7 points) before moving to Mozambique (4 points). However, Rwanda can still hope to qualify if they win Cameroon and Cape Verde stumbles. Even Mozambique is not yet mathematically eliminated.

• Eswatini – Guinea-Bissau (2pm) (1-3)

Eswatini is now mathematically eliminated from the competition. The blue and white selection was defeated at home for Guinea-Bissau in a meeting that started off with a bang: three goals in 25 minutes.

Marcelo Djaló gave the advantage to Djurtus (15e), but Felix Badenhorst equalized very quickly (19e). Alfa Semedo, however, immediately put Guinea Bissau in front (24e). Upon returning from the locker room, Pelé completed the Bissau-Guinean victory (51e).

However, the Djurtus are not out of business. They must count on a misstep from the Congo against Senegal to afford a final for qualification on the sixth day of the qualifiers.

• Burundi – RCA (14h) (2-2)

Cruel scenario for the Central African Republic. After leading 2-0, the Fauves du Bas-Oubangui were joined at the end of the match by Burundi.

A draw that does not suit anyone … Except Morocco now qualified. The two teams will have to scrutinize the results of the match between the Moroccans and Mauritania at 8 p.m. and pray for a victory for the Atlas Lions and hope to qualify in extremis on the last day.

• Countries already qualified for CAN-2022

Morocco and Côte d’Ivoire join the fourteen countries already qualified: Cameroon, host of the competition, Algeria, defending champion, Senegal, Tunisia, Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Comoros, Gambia, Ghana, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Zimbabwe and Egypt


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