Tunisia and Mali book 2021 Afcon spots

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The Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers matchday four has come to an end with Tunisia and Mali joining reigning champions Algeria, 2019 finalists Senegal as well as the hosts Cameroon as nations to have booked early tickets for the 2021 continental showpiece.

Tunisia secured their place despite playing to a 1-1 draw with Tanzania in Dar es Salaam. The Carthage Eagles moved to 10 points on top of Group J, strengthened their grip after four matches as they also maintained their unbeaten run.

Tanzania jumped to third with four points, two behind second-placed Equatorial Guinea to keep their qualification hopes alive.

It was the impressive second half performance by the Taifa Stars which earned them a point, with substitute Feisal ‘Fei Toto’ Salum’s screamer cancelling out Saif Eddine Khaoui first half opener.

In Windhoek, Mali went through following a narrow 2-1 victory away to Namibia thanks to goals by Sekou Koita and Moussa Doumbia. With the win, Mali went top of Group A and booked a ticket to Cameroon. Namibia’s consolation goal was scored by Elmo Kambindu.

Mali are now on 10 points, two ahead of Guinea who drop to second. Namibia remain third with just three points and a single victory.

North African giants Egypt and Morocco also registered victories. The Pharaohs defeated Togo 3-1 in Lome with goals from Mohamed Magdi, Mohamed Sherif and Mahmoud Trezeguet as they moved level with Comoros at the top of Group G.

Meanwhile, the Atlas Lions beat Central African Republic 2-0 with Hakim Ziyech scoring and providing an assist for Youssef En Nesyri. Morocco are now within touching distance of qualification as they are top of Group E with 10 points, five ahead of second-placed Mauritania with two rounds of fixtures remaining.

The Afcon qualifiers are set to conclude in March 2021 with matchdays five and six of the group stage. About 19 places in continental showpiece remain up for grabs.

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By FARPost Reporter

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