Comoros, The Gambia Qualify for First-Ever AFCON

Comoros national team players and staff members celebrate after making history

Thursday was a historic day for Comoros and The Gambia as both countries qualified for their first-ever Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

With just a point needed to make history, Comoros settled to a goalless draw against Togo at the Stade Omnisports de Malouzini in Moroni, Comoros to increase their points to nine from five games in Group G.

Comoros, who are ranked 130th in the latest FIFA world rankings, qualified alongside the Pharaohs of Egypt. The Pharaohs qualified for the finals for the 24th time following their 1-1 against Kenya on Thursday.

The Gambia joined Comoros as debutants for next year’s finals when they pinned Angola 1-0 at the Independence Stadium in Bakau, Gambia. Assan Ceesay lone goal in the 62nd minute was the ultimate decider at the Scorpions secured their first AFCON ticket.

The Gambia are now levelled on 10 points with Gabon in Group D. Gabon also secured their ticket on Thursday when they beat DR Congo 3-0 in Franceville and will now face Angola in their finals group match on March 29 in Luanda, Angola.  

Elsewhere, the Black Stars of Ghana qualified for their 22nd AFCON following a 1-1 draw against South Africa. Ghana took the lead in the 49th minute through Mohammed Kudus, but Percy Tau saved a point for South Africa when he scored in the 51st minute.

The result at Soccer City was enough for the Black Stars to qualify for Cameroon 2022, but South Africa’s now hang in a balance ahead of their final group game away to Sudan on Sunday. South Africa are second in Group C with 10 points, followed by Sudan with nine points.

On Wednesday, Guinea and Burkina Faso joined the list of qualified countries when they got the needed points during their games.

Guinea defeated Group A leaders Mali, which had already qualified, 1-0 in Conakry. Thanks to Seydouba Soumah for the lone goal.  

Burkina Faso played to a goalless draw against Uganda in Group B to reach their 11th AFCON finals.

Qualified Teams – (12 Slots Left)

  • Cameroon (Hosts)
  • Mali
  • Guinea
  • Burkina Faso
  • Ghana
  • Gabon
  • The Gambia
  • Egypt
  • Comoros
  • Algeria
  • Senegal
  • Tunisia  
Anthony Kokoi is an award-winning Liberian sports journalist who has an ever-growing passion for the development of the game of football (soccer) and other sports. He has been passionately engaged in reporting the developments of the game in the country. He is a full member of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL) and the Press Union of Liberia (PUL). He is a promoter of young talents and grassroots sports. Contacts: Email Address: [email protected] WhatsApp: +231886772325


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