South Sudan, Sao Tome and Principe, eSwatini and Lesotho have earned themselves berths in the group phase of the qualifiers for the 2023 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers after winning their preliminary round second leg matches on Sunday.
The results from the second leg now mean all but one of the five available group stage slots have been filled. Gambia play with Chad in the last preliminary qualification round match on Tuesday.
Mauritius 3-3 Sao Tome and Principe
Sao Tome managed to squeeze through thanks to their 1-0 victory at home last weekend, after a high scoring draw in the return tie.
Mauritius needed a win of more than two goals to progress to the next round, but Sao Tome, who are eying a first-ever qualification to the Cup of Nations, managed to see off the result.
South Sudan 1-0 Djibouti
South Sudan also progressed to the group stages after edging out Djibouti by a solitary goal at the St. Mary’s Stadium in Kampala.
Peter Chol struck the lone goal 10 minutes after the break to hand the Bright Stars a ticket to the group phase with a 5-2 aggregate result, having won the first leg 4-2 at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria, Egypt, last week.
Meanwhile, eSwatini progressed after beating Somalia 2-1 in the return leg, going through 5-1 on aggregate after winning the first leg in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 3-0.
Lesotho also went through with a 3-1 score-line against Seychelles, ensuring they saw the tie to the end at home, having drawn 0-0 in the first leg. Katleho Makateng struck a brace with Sera Motebang adding a third. Seychelles’ consolation was from the penalty spot.
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