Zambia, Nigeria, Cape Verde, Togo, Angola, Morocco, Niger, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Algeria and DRC join hosts South Africa.

Finally, the continent got to know which nations will participate in Africa Nations Cup 2013 to be hosted in South Africa. Like Egypt, giants Cameroun, Senegal won’t be there come next year after being eliminated.

Surprise packages Ethiopia and Cape Verde qualify at the expense of much fancied Sudan and Cameroun respectively. Kawowo sports’ Ismael Kiyonga reports on all the 15 qualifying matches played over the weekend across Africa.

Uganda 1-0 Zambia (Zambia qualify 9-8 on penalties)
It had to be decided on spot kicks after Geoffrey Massa’s goal cancelled out Christopher Katongo’s goal in the first leg to tie the match 1-1. Zambia won 9-8 with Andrew Mwesigwa and Patrick Ochan missing for Uganda. Only skipper Katongo missed for the Champions in a dramatic shoot-out that saw each side take 10 penalties.

Ethiopia 2-0 Sudan (Ethiopia qualify on away goals rule after a 5-5 aggregate)
Goals from Adane Girma (61) and Saladine Said (64) guided Ethiopia to South Africa 2013 eliminating Sudan on away goals rule after a tie on 5-5 aggregate. Ethiopia had lost the first leg 5-3 in Sudan. It ends the nation’s 30 year absence from the tournament.

Malawi 0-1 Ghana (Ghana qualify on 3-0 aggregate)
Ghana left Lilongwe with smiles after Afriyie Acquash’s goal in the third minute earned the Black Stars a 3-0 aggregate score over two legs.

Botswana 1-4 Mali (Mali qualify 7-1 on aggregate)
Mali eliminated Botswana 7-1 on aggregate after goals from Modibo Mayiga, Cheik Tidiane Diabete, Mamadou Samassa and Abdou Taore netted the visitor’s goals.

Nigeria 6-1 Liberia (Nigeria qualify 8-3 on aggregate)
Following a shock absence from 2012, the Super Eagles booked their berth for 2013 in style with a 6-1 win over Liberia in Calabar. Victor Moses (2), John Obi Mikel were among the goals.

Tunisia 0-0 Sierra Leone (Tunisia qualify on away goals rule after 2-2 aggregate)

The Carthage Eagles had to settle for a barren draw with Sierra Leone to book their slot at South Africa 2013 on away goals rule after a 2-2 draw in the first leg. Sierra Leone finished the game a man less after Djibril Sonko got marching orders.

Senegal 0-2 Ivory Coast (Abandoned with Ivory Coast leading 6-2 on aggregate)
Didier Drogba scored a brace for the visitors to extend their aggregate lead 6-2 and beyond Senegal’s reach. It was the second from the spot that sparked off the riots from the angry fans with 14 minutes left on the clock. The Ivorians are sure of progress as Senegal awaits punishment from CAF.

Morocco 4-0 Mozambique (Morocco qualify 4-2 on aggregate)
Morocco overturned a 2-0 deficit suffered in the first leg with a 4-0 win over 10 man Mozambique. Goals from Abdel Aziz Berrada, Hocine Kharja (pen), Youssef Arabi and Noordin Amrabat handed Morocco the ticket to South Africa. Mozambique’s Almiro Lobo saw red.

Cameroun 2-1 Cape Verde (Cape Verde qualify 3-2 on aggregate)
Even the return of Samuel Eto’o couldn’t save the Indomitable Lions from bowing out at the expense of minnows Cape Verde who will make their debut appearance at AFCON next year.

An early goal from Augusto Almeida boosted the visitors’ confidence that ensured Cameroun needed to score four goals to advance. Achilles Emana and Fabrice Olinga were on the score sheet for Cameroun. Returning Eto’o hit the wood work.

Niger 2-0 Guinea (Niger qualify 2-1 on aggregate)
The Mena scored through Mohamed Chikoto and Issoufou Boubacar in the 74th and 89th minute to eliminate Guinea 2-1 on aggregate after the later had won 1-0 in the first leg. It will be Niger’s second appearance at the tournament.

Togo 2-1 Gabon (Togo qualify 3-2 on aggregate)
The Hawks scored through Dave Woome and Emmanuel Adebayor before Daniel Cousin pulled one back for Gabon. Togo eliminates the 2012 co-hosts on a 3-2 aggregate after holding Gabon to a one all draw in the first leg.

Angola 2-0 Zimbabwe (Angola qualify on away goals rule after 3-3 aggregate)
Angola just needed two goals and got them to qualify for AFCON 2013 on away goals rule. Palacas Negras scored through
Equatorial Guinea 2-1 DRC (DRC qualify 5-2 on aggregate)
Burkina Faso 3-1 CAR (Burkina Faso qualify 3-2 on aggregate)

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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