Dakar — Ghana emerged victorious against Central African Republic with a score of 2-1, while Angola was held to a draw by Madagascar with a score of 0-0 in the final matches of Group E. As a result, both teams have secured their qualification for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations.
The Ghanaian national team, known as the Black Stars, only needed a draw in their home match to secure their place in the CAN, which will be held from January 13 to February 11, 2024, in Côte d’Ivoire.
Despite falling behind with a goal from Louis Mafoula in the 25th minute, the Ghanaian team equalized with a magnificent free-kick from Mohammed Kudus in the 43rd minute.
The Ghanaian team secured their qualification with a second goal in the 87th minute, scored by Ernest Nuamah. They finished first in the group with 12 points.
Angola is the second team from the group to qualify with 9 points. The Palancas Negras played a goalless draw against Madagascar.
Ghana and Angola join the other fifteen countries that have already qualified for the final phase of the CAN: Algeria, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia, and Zambia.
A total of twenty-four teams will participate in the CAN.
The remaining seven teams to complete the list will be determined at the end of the final round of qualifiers, which will take place until next Tuesday.
Five-time CAN champions Cameroon (1984, 1988, 2000, 2002, and 2017) have not yet secured their qualification. The Indomitable Lions, second in Group C with four points, need at least a draw against Burundi on Tuesday.
The other teams that still have a chance to qualify are: Angola, Benin, Burundi, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, and Tanzania.
The draw for the group stage of the CAN will take place on October 12. Group J kicked off the sixth and final round of qualifiers on Wednesday with the match between Libya and Equatorial Guinea, which ended in a 1-1 draw.
The qualifiers continue on Thursday with the matches: Niger vs. Uganda (Group F) at Stade de Marrakech in Morocco at 7 PM GMT, and Algeria vs. Tanzania at Stade du 19-Mai-1956, Annaba, Algeria at 7 PM GMT in Group F. In Group J, Tunisia will face Botswana at Stade olympique de Radès in Tunisia at 7 PM GMT.
Burkina Faso vs. Eswatini (Group B) at Stade de Marrakech in Morocco at 4 PM GMT
Egypt vs. Ethiopia (Group D) at Stade du 30 juin, Cairo at 4 PM GMT
Mali vs. South Sudan (Group G) at Stade du 26-Mars, Bamako at 4 PM GMT
Comoros vs. Zambia at Stade omnisports de Iconi-Malouzini in Comoros and Côte d’Ivoire vs. Lesotho at Stade Laurent Pokou, San-Pedro, Côte d’Ivoire in Group H at 7 PM GMT
Malawi vs. Guinea (Group D) at Bingu National Stadium, Malawi at 1 PM GMT
Morocco vs. Liberia (Group K) at Stade Adrar, Agadir, Morocco at 7 PM GMT
Mauritania vs. Gabon (Group I) at Stade Cheikha Ould Boïdiya, Nouakchott at 4 PM GMT
Mozambique vs. Benin (Group L) at National Stadium of Maputo at 1 PM GMT
DR Congo vs. Sudan (Group I) at Stade des Martyrs, Kinshasa at 4 PM GMT
Rwanda vs. Senegal (Group L) at Huye Stadium, Rwanda at 7 PM GMT
Nigeria vs. Sao Tome and Principe (Group A) at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, Nigeria at 4 PM GMT
Togo vs. Cape Verde (Group B) at Kégué Stadium, Togo at 4 PM GMT
Gambia vs. Congo (Group G) at Grand Stade de Marrakech, Morocco
Guinea-Bissau vs. Sierra Leone (Group A) at Stade du 24 septembre, Bissau at 4 PM GMT
Cameroon vs. Burundi (Group C) at Stade Roumdé Adjia, Garoua, Cameroon at 7 PM GMT