Mane goal seals Senegal's Nations Cup spot

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Senegal became the first country to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations finals after a late goal from Sadio Mane secured a 1-0 victory away at Guinea Bissau.

Mane, who also scored last Wednesday when Senegal beat Guinea Bissau 2-0 at home, netted with eight minutes remaining in Sunday's game.

The Liverpool star's strike ensured Senegal maintained their 100 per cent record in Group I to guarantee a top-two finish and therefore a place at the finals in Cameroon in January 2022.

Senegal have 12 points from four games, six ahead of second-placed Congo and nine ahead of Guinea Bissau.

Senegal were runners-up at the last Cup of Nations tournament in Egypt in 2019.

Mane's club teammate Naby Keita scored for Guinea as they stayed top in Group A with a 1-1 draw away to Chad.

Ahmat Abdaraman equalised just before halftime for the hosts, who collected their first point after three successive defeats.

The tiny Comoros Islands boosted their hopes of a first ever qualification as they beat Kenya 2-1 in Moroni to go top of Group G.

After a draw in Nairobi last week, the Indian Ocean islanders set off frenzied celebrations as El Fardou Ben Mohamed and Faiz Mattoir scored to ensure a famous win, which puts them on the cusp of a place in the finals.

Earlier on Sunday, Saidi Ntibazonkiza scored twice and Youssouf Ndayishimiye added the other as Burundi beat Mauritania 3-1 in Bujumbura.

Burundi are one point behind second-placed Mauritania in Group E with both countries left with two qualifiers to play in March.

The top two teams in each of the 12 qualifying groups advance to the finals except in Group F where the highest finisher besides Cameroon, already in the finals as hosts but also playing in the preliminaries, goes through.