Nigeria has qualified for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations following a 1-1 draw with South Africa on Saturday at the FBN Stadium. However, South Africa will also qualify if they manage to secure a draw or win against Libya away in March 2019.
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Nigeria drew 1-1 with South Africa in Soweto, Uganda edged Cape Verde 1-0 in Kampala and Morocco scale through after Malawi lost 2-1 away to Comoros. While Libya scored eight goals to keep hopes alive of also featuring at the next edition of the tournament hosting Bafana Bafana of South Africa requiring a win to go through with Nigeria from Group E.
Meanwhile, Libyans simply missed equalling the record away winning margin for an African Cup of Nations qualifier held by Ghana, who won 9-1 in Niger 49 years back.
Eight countries have secured their places at the 24-team finals with hosts Cameroon, Egypt, Senegal, Madagascar, and Tunisia having secure places.
The Super Eagles who had failed to qualify for the last two edition of the tournament, shook the host with a early lead 9 minutes into the game when Buhle Mkhwanazi conceded an own goal.
However, Lebo Mothiba saved Mkhwanazi’s blushes with the leveller 16 minutes later to send the home fans into a frenzy, Percy Tau set up the equalizer for Lebo Mothiba on 26 minutes, however, the hosts were lucky as a few disagreeable offside decision went against Nigeria.
Anis Saltou notched in three superb goals in Victoria as Libya embarrassed the Seychelles, whose 188th low on FIFA ranking among the 48 team in the qualifying groups.
A Patrick Kaddu goal on 79 minutes not just guaranteed Uganda to topped Group K, it likewise opened an opportunity for Tanzania to secure qualification, that’s if Tanzanians win in Lesotho on Sunday they will come back to the African football mundial following a 38-year nonattendance.
Morocco qualified when Group B rivals Malawi lost 2-1 away underdog Comoros in Mitsamiouli. The Comoran triumph in the Indian Ocean island state gave Morocco an unassailable six-point advantage over Malawi with just a single game left.
El Fardou Mohamed Ben Nabouhane, who ply his trade with Red Star Belgrade, gave the Comoros a second-minute lead. Patrick Phiri equalised after 53 minutes and Nasser Chamed scored the match-winner in the 70th minutes to give the visiting side a warm reception.
Morocco and Cameroon qualify from the group with the latter guaranteed of a place since they are facilitating the June 15-July 13 competition. Cameroon are engaging in the qualifying competiiton to pick up match practice before defending the AFCON title they won in Gabon a year ago beating Egypt 2-1 in the final.
Morocco moved above Cameroon in Group B on Friday in the wake of beating the Indomitable Lions 2-0 in Casablanca courtsey of a second-half brace from Hakim Ziyech.