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Fifteen teams will emerge from the weekend’s final qualifying games to join hosts South Africa for next year’s showpiece

Morocco 4-0 Mozambique

 After conceding two goals in the first leg against Mozambique, which led to the dismissal of Belgian coach Eric Gerets, Morocco were able to overturn the deficit and clinch their ticket for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations after handing a 4-0 drubbing to the Mambas in Marrakech on Saturday.

Getafe midfielder Abdelaziz Barrada opened the scoring after the half hour mark, before Houssine Kharja could double in the 64th minute to level the scores on aggregate.

The Lions of Atlas powered on clinching a third goal five minutes from fulltime through Cranada striker Youssef El-Arabi, with Nordin Amrabat of Galatasaray sealing the 4-0 win in added time.

Newly appointed coach Rachid Taoussi said the victory would motivate the young players in the outfit and revive the country’s football, after the team failed to reach the knockout stage in the 2012 Afcon.


Tunisia 0-0 Sierra Leone

Tunisia were held to a goalless draw at home in Monastir on Saturday by an inspiring Sierra Leonean side, but the north Africans were able to obtain a qualification to the 2013 Afcon thanks to a 2-2 score from the first leg.

The encounter was almost a Sierra Leonean affair but their efforts came too late to be anything meaningful in the campaign. Had they put up such performance in the first leg, the Leone stars would have had a different story, perhaps a positive one.


Uganda 1-0 (8-9) Zambia

Zambia will be able defend their title at the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations after narrowly edging past Uganda on Saturday in the second leg final round qualifying.

After a perfect 1-1 draw on aggregate both side went on a penalty shootout that turned out in favour of the Chipolopolo on 9-8.

Geoffrey Massa blotted out the Cranes’ one-goal deficit from the first leg in the 27th minute but his side couldn’t grab the winner to surmount the robust Zambians, causing the faceoff to stretch to an obligatory penalty shootout, with both teams pulling off their first five kicks, reminiscence of the 2012 Afcon final between Zambia and Cote D’Ivoire.

However, a breathtaking save from Zambia goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene and a decisive hit from TP Mazembe defender Stoppila Sunzu handed the continental champions a 9-8 win and ticket to the South Africa 2013


Botswana 1-4 Mali

The host team Botswana had little hope going into the second leg of 2013 Africa Cup of Nations final qualifying round against Mali, who crushed them 3-0 in the first leg played in Bamako last month, and the scanty attendance at the Lobatse Stadium clearly showed the lack of enthusiasm for the game.

It was a one-way traffic for the visitors, who, despite the absence of charismatic captain and midfielder Seydou Keita, quickly seized control of the session and squeezed the Zebras in their back half, with Bordeaux forward Cheick Diabate opening the goal fiesta in the 29th minute.

The Eagles went on unstoppable hitting two more goals before the break, thanks to excellence breakout moves from West Ham’s Modibo Maiga and Mamadou Samassa of French Ligue 1 side Valenciennes.

In the last 10 minutes of the encounter, which looked very much like a home game for the visitors, Traore registered the fourth goal but got an answer eight minutes later from Tebogo Sembowa of Township Rollers, whose strike brought some consolation and would be the only goal scored by his side in the final round of the 2013 Afcon qualifying.

Mali, who finished third in the 2012 edition, have booked their place for the next edition on a 7-1 aggregate, one of the fattest so far in the campaign.

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