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Sudan stun Ghana in AFCON; Algeria qualify

Sudan stun Ghana in AFCON; Algeria qualify
Riyad Mahrez scored a stunning goal against Zimbabwe. (Twitter @Mahrez22 / file)
London/New Delhi, Nov 17 (Agencies/AFP) | Publish Date: 11/17/2020 1:21:49 PM IST

Sudan scored a last-gasp winner to edge past visiting Ghana in Group C of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on Tuesday.

Earlier, on Monday, title-holders Algeria became the third country to book a place at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) after a 2-2 draw against Zimbabwe. The result means that Ghana will have to wait to qualify for the finals having started the day knowing a draw would see them progress. The game at the Al Hilal stadium in Omdurman was a physical affair with both sides picking two yellow cards each in a goalless first-half.

Ghana were playing without their injured captain Andre Ayew, who scored both the Black Stars goals in the 2-0 win over the same opponents on Thursday, as well as suspended first-choice keeper Richard Ofori. Their replacements both played their part with Caleb Ekuban causing trouble for the Sudanese defence and Fatua Dauda making some crucial saves at the other end. With time running out the Black Stars looked happy to play for the draw but Sudan never gave up and scored in the second minute of time added on. 

Ramadan Agab swung over a cross from the right which was met by Mohamed Abdelrahman and his firm header gave Dauda no chance. That result means that Ghana stay on nine points level with South Africa as Sudan move to six points with all three still looking for a place at the finals.

The other team in the group are Sao Tome who are yet to win a single point after their 4-2 loss to South Africa on Monday.

Holders Algeria qualify

Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez scored as title-holders Algeria drew 2-2 in Zimbabwe to book a place at the AFCON. Cameroon qualify automatically as hosts while Senegal secured a spot Sunday by winning in Guinea-Bissau thanks to a Sadio Mane goal. Andy Delort and captain Mahrez gave the Desert Foxes a two-goal advantage in Harare that was halved just before half-time when Knowledge Musona netted.Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi took off Delort and Mahrez as he made five second-half substitutions within 12 minutes, but the bold move backfired when Prince Dube equalised eight minutes from time. 

Drawing ended the perfect three-win record Algeria took into a match played behind closed doors because of the coronavirus, but it guaranteed them a top-two finish in a section including Zambia and Botswana.  Zambia, hoping for a resurgence under Serb coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic, suffered a blow to hopes of accompanying Algeria from Group H when they fell 1-0 away to Botswana. Mosha Gaolaolwe scored what proved the only goal in Francistown after just six minutes and it lifted Botswana to third, one point behind Zimbabwe.

Tuesday’s Afcon 2021 

qualifiers results

Ethiopia 3-0 Niger 

Madagascar 1-1 Ivory Coast 

Lesotho 0-0 Benin 

Rwanda 0-0 Cape Verde 


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