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AFCON Qualifiers: Egypt, Comoros through; Zambia, DR Congo bundled out

Seven-time champions Egypt, Comoros and Gabon booked their slots for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals after Thursday’s round of qualifiers.

The Pharaohs of Egypt booked their place in the finals despite drawing 1-1 with Kenya in a Group G encounter in Nairobi.

They were joined by their Group G rivals Comoros, who qualified for the finals for the first time after holding Togo to a 0-0 draw in Moroni.

In Group D, Assan Ceesay’s solitary goal earned the Gambia a 1-0 win over Angola in Bakau, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang-inspired Gabon thrashed DR Congo 3-0 in Franceville.

As a result, two former African champions DR Congo and Zambia were among the top teams which saw their hopes of qualifying for the finals come to an end.

Zambia fought back to hold Algeria to a 3-3 draw in a Group H thriller in Lusaka, while Zimbabwe qualified for the finals after defeating Botswana 1-0 in another Group H game in Francistown.

In Malabo, Equatorial Guinea also secured their ticket to the finals after defeating Tanzania 1-0 in a Group J match and an already qualified Tunisia side defeated Libya 5-2 in another Group J game in Benghazi.

South Africa and Ghana played a 1-1 draw in a Group C match in Johannesburg and the two former African champions are yet to book their places in the finals.

Bafana Bafana are placed second on the group standings – level on points with Ghana and they are both a point above second-placed Sudan with one game left for each team.

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