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Zambia, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Niger, Ghana, Mali, Cote d'Ivoire, Togo, Burkina Faso, Angola, Cape Verde, Algeria, Morocco & Tunisia join South Africa for the 2013 Afcon

Algeria 2-0 Libya

Algeria had an easy evening against Libya in Blida on Sunday during the weekend’s last game in the 2013 Afcon qualifying, scoring two goals to seal a 3-0 aggregate and booking their place in next year’s showpiece.

Hillel Soudani of Portuguese side Vitoria SC and home based striker Islam Slimani put the Fennec Foxes ahead within the first six minutes of the game, and the hosts were able to conserve that scoreline till the final whistle even while hunting for more goals.

After failing to qualify for the 2012 edition, the 1990 winners are back on the continental scene, joining Morocco and Tunisia as the three North African representatives.                                                                                                                      


Burkina Faso 3-1 Central African Republic

Burkina Faso fought tooth and nail till the last minute to snaffle their ticket to the 2013 Afcon after narrowly defeating visiting Central African Republic on a 3-2 aggregate.

The Stallions, who lost 1-0 in Bangui last month, needed at least two goals to overturn the situation in their favour, but they were stunned early in the meeting by a strike from David Manga, who finished a sublime collective effort in the back net eight minutes from time.

A brace from Auxerre striker Alain Traore and a third from Moumouni Dagano late in injury time were sufficient to see off the challenge of the Wild Beasts, who pulled off a shock when they knocked out Egypt in the second round.


Equatorial Guinea 2-1 DR Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo are through to the finals of the 2013 Afcon despite losing 2-1 to Equatorial Guinea in Malabo on Sunday thanks to their 4-0 advantage from the first leg.

The Nzalang Nacional went underway with rage in search of goals and actions to destabilise their visitors, hitting home two early goals to get the Leopards’ camp in panic and confusion.

However, they needed two more goals to even the aggregate and open a new chapter in the two-legged clash, but West Brom defensive midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu answered just before the break to completely sap the hosts’ morale, handing his side a ticket to the continental competition seven years after their last appearance.

French coach Claude Le Roy was he who led the Congolese to the Egypt 2006 and will certainly be doing the same at the South Africa 2013.


Togo 2-1 Gabon

Togo are returning to the Africa Cup of Nations after they failed to qualify last year and pulled out of the 2010 edition following a gunfire attack on their team bus.

The Sparrow Hawks defeated Gabon 2-1 in Lome on Sunday in the return leg of the 2013 Afcon final round qualifying after holding the Panthers to a 1-1 draw in the first leg last month in Libreville.

South African Free State Stars midfielder Dove Wome put the home team in the lead 30 minutes from kick off before Tottenham forward Emmanuel Adebayor, who made a comeback to the outfit in August, doubled moments later.

Gabon’s flamboyant striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of French Ligue 1 side Saint Etienne scored in added time to give his side some consolation.


Niger 2-0 Guinea

Niger are qualifying for the second time in their history to the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations after they first made it early this year to the Gabon / Equatorial Guinea 2012.

The Mena, who recently hired former Gabon coach Gernot Rohr, were confident they could overturn the lone-goal loss from the away fixture against Guinea, but deliverance for the home side surfaced at the Seyni Kountche Stadium late in the nerve-racking encounter when JSM Bejaia defender Chikoto Mohamed broke the deadlock ten minutes to fulltime.

Issoufou Boubacar Garba later saved the Mena from a penalty shootout with an 85th minute strike that shattered the Guinean Afcon dreams.


Angola 2-0 Zimbabwe

Angola downed visiting Zimbabwe 2-0 on Sunday to book their place at the forthcoming continental showpiece despite losing 3-1 to the Warriors last month in the reverse fixture.

The Palancas Negras owe their victory to a brace from Real Valladolid’s Manucho Goncalves, who put the game to bed early in the 4th and 5th minutes.

The visitors suffered more onslaughts thereafter as they struggled to safeguard their back half from more havoc and thus losing the chance to return to the continental scene since they last appeared in 2008.


Cameroon 2-1 Cape Verde

It’s another sad day in Cameroon, despite a 2-1 win over visiting Cape Verde on Sunday in Yaounde, the Indomitable Lions could not secure a qualification to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and will be absent from a second edition in a row.

Things began rough for the hosts when the Blue Sharks, who had a two-goal lead from the first leg, opened the scoring in the 11th minute through a sublime free kick delivered by striker Heldon Nhuck of Portuguese side Maritimo.

Achille Emana restored parity eleven minutes later to keep hopes alive, but the Cameroonians had to toil till added time to grab a second goal from Malaga’s 16-year-old forward Fabrice Olinga, which was short of overturning the 3-2 deficit.

Cape Verde will be putting up their first appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations next January in South Africa.


Ethiopia 2-0 Sudan

After 30 years of absence, Ethiopia have qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations following their 2-0 win over Sudan on Sunday in Addis Ababa despite a 5-3 loss in the away fixture played last month.

The Falcons of Jediane were confident of a favourable outcome due to their two-goal lead and better experience but they met an unexpected robust opposition at the Addis Ababa Stadium, which quickly seized control of the session and forced the visitors on the defensive for a better part of the clash.

Adane Girma put Ethiopia on top minutes before the hour mark while Saladin Said of Egyptian side Wadi Degla FC doubled four minutes later to rekindle hopes for another Afcon finals after three decades.

However, the home side had to suffer a fierce domination during the last quarter of the encounter, with nearly all the players falling back to help the defence repel the final assaults from the visitors.

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