Mali and Tunisia have sealed their qualifications for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon, joining holders Algeria and 2019 runners-up Senegal, who had booked their places in the showdown.
Mali ensured a top two finish in Group A after a 2-1 win in Namibia, with Sekou Koita and Moussa Doumba on targets, while Tunisia’s 1-1 draw in Tanzania was enough to ensure they will finish in the top two in Group L.
Tunisia will go to the finals in Cameroon in 2022 for a 15th successive time.
Egypt and Morocco also moved closer to qualifying after producing positive performances on the road on Tuesday.
Chelsea’s forward Hakim Ziyech was again influential for Morocco as they defeated Central African Republic 2-0 away from home and are now a point off qualifying from Group E.
Egypt, who are seeking a record-extending 25th appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations finals, are also on the verge of qualifying in Group G after their 3-1 away win over Togo.
Ghana could have qualified but came short against Sudan in Khartoum where Mohamed Abdelrahman scored in stoppage time to secure a 1-0 win for the home side to put them back in contention for a top two place.
Ghana have nine points and share top spot in Group C with South Africa, while Sudan are only three points behind.
Madagascar and Ivory Coast have seven points in Group K after they played out a 1-1 draw in Antananarivo but Ethiopia are only one point behind having thrashed visitors Niger Republic 3-0.
Democratic Republic of Congo won 1-0 away to Angola in Luanda, the result revived the Congolese chances of qualifying as they are now just a point behind Gambia and Gabon in Group D.
The final two round of qualification matches will be played in March. The top two in each group advance to the finals except in Group F were only the highest placed team besides Cameroon, qualified as hosts but playing in the preliminary qualifiers.
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