26 Mar Comoros seize fairytale place at Cup of Nations finals; Egypt, Gabon additionally in
The tiny Comoros Islands certified for the African Cup of Nations for the primary time with a 0-Zero draw in opposition to Togo at dwelling on Thursday to take care of their unbeaten file within the qualifiers.
The end result superior the Comoros to 9 factors from 5 matches, guaranteeing them a top-two end in Group G, a fairytale achievement for the small island nation.
– Burkina Faso, Guinea qualify for finals
Assan Ceesay scored across the hour mark for the Gambia as they beat Angola 1-Zero at dwelling and they are going to be joined within the finals from Group D by Gabon, who hammered Democratic Republic of Congo 3-Zero with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang amongst their scorers.
Egypt additionally certified for a file 25th look as Mohamed Salah returned to their team for the primary time for the reason that 2019 finals and so they drew 1-1 with 10-man Kenya in Nairobi.
Ghana will take part of their 23rd match after a 1-1 draw with South Africa in Johannesburg ensured they are going to end within the prime two in Group C. South Africa and Sudan will battle it out for the opposite place in Khartoum on Sunday.
Zimbabwe needed to wait, after profitable 1-Zero in Botswana, to see whether or not they would qualify. Neighbours Zambia wanted to beat Algeria to maintain their hopes alive however drew an exhilarating recreation 3-3. Patrick Daka scored twice for Zambia and Islam Slimani obtained a double for the defending champions.
Zimbabwe have now certified for a 3rd successive finals.
Though, with two video games left to finish their programme, Kenya might nonetheless get 9 factors, the Comoros have a greater head-to-head file within the two matches between the 2 international locations.
Togo, who had already been eradicated and left nearly all foreign-based regulars behind for the journey to the Comoros, nonetheless had the higher of restricted alternatives in a colorless encounter.
The Indian Ocean island archipelago, with a inhabitants underneath 900,000, have solely been competing in worldwide football since 2006 however have develop into extra aggressive in recent times after drawing extra gamers into the team from the Comorian neighborhood in France.
Their 1-Zero win over Togo in November 2019 at first of the Cup of Nations qualifiers was a first-ever away success for the Comoros in a aggressive worldwide and so they held Egypt to a draw at dwelling 4 days later.
“The pleasure I really feel for my nation is indescribable! Bravo to my gamers, my employees, my federation, thanks to the President. And an enormous thanks to our unbelievable supporters. Collectively we made historical past. See you on the Cup of Nations!,” coach Amir Abdou stated on Twitter.
The Comoros are the eighth nation to e book their place on the finals in Cameroon subsequent January, becoming a member of the hosts, holders Algeria, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Senegal and Tunisia.