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Thursday, September 21, 2023

2022 African Nations Championship qualifying: First leg victories carry Ghana and Senegal through among others

The First Round of 2022 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifying wrapped up for the majority of sub-confederations in African football over the weekend including the regions of CECAFA, COSAFA, and WAFU-Zone A as well as the lone matchup in WAFU-Zone B between Ghana and Benin. Ghana’s Black Galaxies progressed to a derby matchup against Nigeria in the Second Round, defeating Benin 1-0 in Cotonou to advance 4-0 on aggregate.

In the other West African region, WAFU-Zone A, Senegal were surprised 2-1 by Liberia at home but a 3-0 result on the road in the first leg confirmed their spot in the second round where they will face Guinea. Sierra Leone and Guinea-Bissau each confirmed their spots in midweek second leg matchups against Cape Verde and The Gambia respectively. Sierra Leone will compete against Mali in the Second Round while Guinea-Bissau faces Mauritania with the winners qualifying for the finals in Algeria.

Southern Africa saw one major surprise in the COSAFA region with 2022 COSAFA Cup winners Zambia being eliminated by Mozambique following a 1-0 second leg defeat in Lusaka. Lau King scored a late winner to stun the Chipolopolo who expected qualification but could not finish their opportunities at home. Angola confirmed their Second Round spot with a 1-0 home win over Mauritius giving them a 3-0 aggregate victory while South Africa held off Comoros for a 0-0 home draw that gives them a narrow 1-0 aggregate victory. Angola will face South Africa, Mozambique take on Malawi and Botswana will face Madagascar in the Second Round after both teams secured qualification on Sunday.

Finally, Eastern Africa’s CECAFA region saw Tanzania clinch their spot with a 2-1 victory over Somalia in a second matchup between the two sides in Dar es Salaam. Tanzania will face Uganda in the Second Round, Ethiopia takes on Rwanda and Djibouti squares off against Sudan after stunning Burundi in penalty kicks following a 2-1 second leg victory on Friday.

All the scores are below followed by highlights from many of the second leg matchups over the weekend.

Sunday, July 31

Eswatini 2-2 Botswana (Botswana advances on away goals)

Madagascar 3-0 Seychelles (Madagascar advances 4-0 on aggregate)

Saturday, July 30

Benin 0-1 Ghana (Ghana advances 4-0 on aggregate)

Senegal 1-2 Liberia (Senegal advances 4-2 on aggregate)

Angola 1-0 Mauritius (Angola advances 3-0 on aggregate)

Tanzania 2-1 Somalia (Tanzania advances 3-1 on aggregate)

South Africa 0-0 Comoros (South Africa advances 1-0 on aggregate)

Zambia 0-1 Mozambique (Mozambique advances 1-0 on aggregate)

Friday, July 29

Djibouti 2-1 Burundi (Tied 3-3 on aggregate; Djibouti wins 4-3 in penalty shootout)


Benin 0-1 Ghana