Mali, Tunisia qualify for Cup of Nations

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Mali and Tunisia added their names to the list of countries qualified for the next Africa Cup of Nations finals.

They joined holders Algeria and 2019 runners-up Senegal who had booked their berths over the past two days.

Mali made sure of a top two finish in Group A with a 2-1 win in Namibia courtesy of first-half goal to Sekou Koita and Moussa Doumbia.

Tunisia's 1-1 draw in Tanzania was enough to ensure they will finish in the top two in Group J.

Egypt and Morocco moved closer to qualifying after producing positive performances on the road on Tuesday.

Morocco's Hakim Ziyech was again a major influence as they won 2-0 away to the Central African Republic and are now a point off qualifying from Group E.

Ziyech's 39th minute free kick sailed into the net from outside the box before he turned provider in a final-minute breakaway for Youssef En Nesyri to finish.

Egypt, who are seeking a record-extending 25th appearance at a Cup of Nations finals, edged toward qualifying from Group G with a 3-1 away win over Togo.

Ghana could have qualified but came unstuck 1-0 against Sudan in Khartoum with the hosts now back in contention for a top two place.

Ghana have nine points and share top spot in Group C with South Africa, while Sudan are only three points behind.

Nigeria were held for the second time in five days by Sierra Leone, this time a tepid 0-0 stalemate in Freetown, in contrast to Sierra Leone's thrilling comeback in last week's 4-4 draw.

Nigeria top Group L by one point from of Benin, who drew 0-0 away to Lesotho.

Pacesetters Madagascar and Ivory Coast have seven points in Group K after their 1-1 draw in Antananarivo but Ethiopia are only one point behind having hammered visitors Niger 3-0.

Democratic Republic of Congo won 1-0 at neighbours Angola with the result reviving their chances of qualifying as they are now just a point behind Gambia and Gabon in Group D.

The last two rounds of preliminaries will be played in March.

The top two in each group advance to the finals except in Group F where only the highest placed team besides Cameroon, qualified as hosts but playing in the preliminaries, qualifies.