Defending champions Algeria become second side to book Afcon berth

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The reigning Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) champions Algeria have booked their spot for the 2021 showpiece to be staged in Cameroon following a thrilling 2-2 against Zimbabwe away in Harare on Monday.

Algeria join the 2019 Afcon finalists Senegal, who qualified on Sunday after edging out Guinea Bissau 1-0 at Estádio 24 de Setembro.

The result sees Algeria move up to 10 points and guarantees them a top two finish in Group H while Zimbabwe remain second with five points with two rounds of matches remaining.

The North Africans also stretched their unbeaten record to 22 games.

The Desert Foxes opened the scoring through Andy Delort, with Riyad Mahrez netting the second goal four minutes later.

But Zimbabwe fought back with Knowledge Musona pulling a goal back just before halftime. The home side then found the equaliser through substitute Prince Dube with eight minutes remaining to revive their hopes of qualification.

Meanwhile, in Francistown, Botswana upset Zambia 1-0 in the other group game to move up to third on four points as the 2012 African champions dropped to the bottom with three points.

Mosha Gaolaolwe scored the solo goal as Botswana picked up their first win of the qualifiers and move to third in Group H.

The three points earned at home after one draw and two losses sees them go to four points, one behind second placed Zimbabwe with two rounds of matches left.

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By FARPost Reporter 

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