Egyptian players pose for a selfie during their team's training session in St.Petersburg, Russia, 18 June 2018. Egypt will face Russia in the FIFA World Cup 2018 group A preliminary round soccer match on 19 June 2018. EPA/Etienne Laurent
Saturday Mar 23, 2019. 08:27
Big guns Tunisia and Nigeria ended their successful 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying campaigns with victories on Friday.
The first match of the day was between an already eliminated Malawi side and Group B winners Morocco, and the encounter ended in a 0-0 draw at the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
At the Al Hilal Stadium in Omdurman, Equatorial Guinea stunned Sudan 4-1 in a clash between two Group A teams which had already been eliminated.
Former African champions Nigeria finished at the top of Group E after thrashing the group's whipping boys Seychelles 3-1 at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.
While Angola secured their place in the finals after securing a hard-fought 1-0 win over an already eliminated Botswana side in a Group I match at the Francistown Sports Complex in Francistown.
The 2013 AFCON finalists Burkina Faso failed to qualify despite recording a 1-0 win against Group I runners-up Mauritania at the Stade du 4 Août in Ouagadougou.
At the Stade Olympique de Rades in Rades, Tunisia wrapped up a successful Group J campaign with a 4-0 victory against Eswatini, who had already been eliminated.
Lastly, Algeria eased into the finals which will be hosted by Egypt as Group D winners despite drawing 1-1 with Gambia, who failed to qualify, after a stalemate at the Stade Mustapha Tchaker in Blida.