The final countdown for the 2015 African Cup of Nations at its new venue, Equatorial Guinea, came to the finish line last Saturday across Africa.
In a super form, Algeria won its fifth match at home, beating Ethiopia 3-1 at the Stade Mustapha Tchaker in Bilda.
Striker Mame Diouf of Senegal scored his side’s 1-0 victory to beat Egypt at the Cairo Stadium to qualify for the finals.
After the withdrawal of Morocco, for fear of the rampaging Ebola Virus Disease in three West African countries, including Liberia, to host next year’s tournament, CAF punished Morocco with a two-year suspension.
Cape Verde defeated Niger 3-1 to top Group F, and South Africa managed a 2-1 win over Sudan to qualify.
South Africa joined Cameroon who defeated DR Congo 1-0 to qualify for the finals.
Nigeria made it to the finals beating Congo 2-0 through Kalu Uche’s penalty in the 59th minute and Aaron Samuel Olaare’s goal in the 90th minute away at the Stade Muniipal de Pointe-Noire.
Guinea’s Soumah’s hat trick propelled his side to defeat fellow the West Africans, Togo 4-1 at the Kegue Stadium in Lome.
Star player Emmanuel Adebayor got the consolation goal for his country.
Angola crashed out of contention, drawing 0-0 to Gabon at the November 11 Stadium.
Burkina Faso edged out Lesotho 1-0 in Group C to qualify for the finals.
Zambia beat Mozambique 1-0 in Maputo to come closer to qualify.
Uganda, facing a win of bust situation shocked unimpressive Black Stars of Ghana 1-0, when Uganda’s defender Savio Kabugo headed home the much needed goal in the 8th minute.
Ghana still topped Group E and needed a point to qualify. They will now face Togo on Wednesday under caretaker coach Maxwell Konadu.
Malawi played herself back into contention, beating Mai 2-0 at the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
Ivory Coast put up a splendid performance to whip Sierra Leone 5-1 last Friday.
The goals for Ivory Coast came through Kolo Toure in the 7th minute; Solomon Kalou (49th and 71st minutes); Max Gradel (52nd minute) and Gervais Yao Kouassi Gervinho in the 60th minute.
Tunisia made its qualification certain with a 0-0 draw against Botswana.