Africa Cup of Nations: Egypt, Tunisia, Senegal, Madagascar qualify for the finals

By Nick CavellBBC Africa Sport
Madagascar's Njiva Rakotoharimalala
Madagascar's Njiva Rakotoharimalala plays his club football in Thailand

Madagascar have qualified for the African Cup of Nations finals for the first time by beating Equatorial Guinea 1-0 in Vontovorona.

Thailand-based midfielder Njiva Rakotoharimalala, 26, scored the only goal.

They became the first team to qualify for a place in the finals that have now been expanded from 16 teams to 24.

They were later joined by Egypt, Senegal and Tunisia in qualifying for the finals in Cameroon next June/July.

Madagascar's win moved them to 10 points in Group A with two matches left to play.

The games was played in Vontovorona after Madagascar were banned from using the Mahamasina Stadium in Antananarivo for "three matches or three months".external-link

The suspension was imposed by the Confederation of African Football following a stampede at the national stadium in September, when one person was killed and nearly 40 others were injured.

Madagascar become the 40th different nation to qualify for the Nations Cup finals.

Senegal left it late to get the win they needed in Sudan to clinch a place in the finals alongside Madagascar from the group.

Lorient's Sidi Sarr scoring in the 86th minute just three minutes after coming on in Khartoum as a substitute.

Group A after four matches:
Senegal10 points (qualified)
Madagascar 10 points (qualified)
Equatorial Guinea 3 points (eliminated)
Sudan 0 points (eliminated)
Egypt's Ahmed Hegazi
West Bromwich Albion defender Ahmed Hegazi scored for Egypt to help them qualify for the Nations Cup finals

Egypt and Tunisia helped each other to qualify for next year's expanded finals as they both won in Group J.

Egypt secured a 2-0 win over eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) thanks to a header from Ahmed Hegazi after 19 minutes and a well-worked team goal finished by Marwan Mohsen early in the second half.

The Pharaohs' qualification was confirmed later on Tuesday as Tunisia maintained their 100% winning record with a 2-1 victory over Niger in Niamey.

Sfaxien's Firas Chaouat scored two goals in a four-minute period in the first half on his international debut for Tunisia.

Niger's Youssef Oumarou grabbed what turned out to be a consolation for the hosts.

Group J after four matches:
Tunisia 12 points (qualified)
Egypt9 points (qualified)
eSwatini1 point (eliminated)
Niger 1 point (eliminated)

There were two drawn matches in Group B as Comoros grabbed a 2-2 draw against visiting Morocco and Malawi held Cameroon to a goalless draw in Blantyre.

El Fardou Ben Mohamed, who plays for Serbian side Red Star Belgrade, opened the scoring after just eight minutes to give Comoros a shock lead.

The Moroccans then fought back with two second-half goals from Khalid Boutaib and Nordin Amrabat to take the lead.

The hosts kept battling and Ben Mohamed was on target again in injury time to earn a point for Comoros.

The results means that Cameroon top the group with eight points, but they qualify automatically as hosts, leaving just one more place up for grabs from the group.

Morocco lead the way in the race to the finals on seven points, Malawi move to four points and Comoros are on two - with all the teams having played four matches.

Group B after four matches:
Cameroon8 points (qualify as hosts)
Morocco7 points
Malawi4 points
Comoros 2 points
Gabon's Andre Biyogo Poko
Andre Biyogo Poko scored the only goal of the game for Gabon in a 1-0 win over South Sudan

Three teams remain in contention to qualify from Group C after Gabon beat hosts South Sudan 1-0 and Burundi held visiting Mali to a 1-1 draw.

Midfielder Andre Biyogo Poko, who plays in Turkey for Goztepe, won the match for Gabon with a goal five minutes after half-time.

Gabon played without Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after he did not travel with the team to Juba. No official reason has been given for his absence.

Burundi took the lead in Bujumbura through striker Fiston Abdul Razak before Mamadou Fofana levelled the score for the visitors.

Group C after four matches:
Mali 8 points
Gabon7 points
Burundi6 points
South Sudan0 points (eliminated)
Benin and Yeovil Town's Sessi D'Almeida
Yeovil Town's Sessi D'Almeida scored the winner for Benin over Algeria

Algeria missed out on the chance of qualifying from Group D as they lost 1-0 in Benin.

The match-winner was scored by Sessi D'Almeida, who plays in the fourth tier of English football with Yeovil Town, after 16 minutes.

Benin held on for the win despite playing the final 35 minutes of the match with 10 men after veteran Stephane Sessegnon was shown a red card.

Togo managed to take advantage of Algeria's slip with a late 1-0 win in The Gambia - Fulham's Floyd Ayite with the winner in injury time after they had Djene Dakonam sent off with 15 minutes left.

Group D after four matches:
Algeria7 points
Benin7 points
Togo5 points
The Gambia2 points
Nigeria's Odion Ighalo
Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo's five goals in two games against Libya have lifted him to the top scorer in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers

Nigeria moved to the top of Group E with a narrow 3-2 win over hosts Libya.

The match was played in the Tunisian city of Sfax because of the ongoing security concerns in Libya.

The Super Eagles looked set for a comfortable win as Odion Ighalo and Ahmed Musa put Nigeria 2-0 up inside 20 minutes.

Libya fought back to level through Mohamed Zubya and Italy-based Ahmad Benali who scored after 74 minutes.

Igahlo's second of the night and fifth against Libya in the past four days gave Nigeria all three points and kept them on course to qualify for the finals.

South Africa laboured to a goalless draw in Seychelles just three days after they had thrashed the same side 6-0 in Johannesburg.

Seychelles can no longer qualify for the finals.

Group E after four matches:
Nigeria9 points
South Africa8 points
Libya4 points
Seychelles1 point (eliminated)

Zimbabwe missed out on the chance of sealing qualification from Group G after they were held to a 1-1 in Harare by DR Congo.

The Warriors took the lead after just one minute through Khama Billiat but that was cancelled out before half-time with an own goal from Teenage Hadebe.

A win would have seen Zimbabwe through to the finals because later in the day Congo Brazzaville lost 2-1 in Liberia.

All three goals came in an opening 15-minute flurry with Liberia racing to a 2-0 lead with goals from Teah Dennis and Wydad Casablanca striker William Jebbor.

Prince Ibara, who also scored against Liberia on Thursday, pulled one back a minute after Jebbor's goal to give Congo some hope but Lone Star held on for a crucial win.

Group G after four matches:
Zimbabwe8 points
DR Congo5 points
Congo Brazzaville4 points
Liberia4 points

Guinea and Ivory Coast remain the favourites to qualify from Group H despite both being held to away draws.

Ivory Coast were held to a goalless draw in Bangui by Central African Republic while in Kigali it was 1-1 between Rwanda and Guinea.

Guinea took the lead in the first half through Jose Kante but Jacques Tuyisenge ensured the points were shared with a late equaliser.

The Syli Nationale had to play the second half without Liverpool's Naby Keita, who was helped from the pitch with an injury.

Wins for Guinea and Ivory Coast would have taken both teams through to next year's finals.

Group H after four matches:
Guinea10 points
Ivory Coast7 points
Central African Republic 4 points
Rwanda1 point

Mauritania are another team who could qualify for their first Nations Cup finals after a 1-0 win over Angola in Group I.

The only goal of the game in Nouakchott was scored by Adama Ba, who plays in the second tier in Turkey for Giresunspor, after 18 minutes.

Botswana are out of contention despite holding on for a goalless draw against visiting Burkina Faso.

Group I after four matches:
Mauritania9 points
Burkina Faso7 points
Angola6 points
Botswana1 point (eliminated)

Namibia's 1-0 win over Mozambique moved them level at the top of Group K alongside Guinea-Bissau, who beat Zambia 2-1 on Sunday.

Peter Shalulile gave the Brave Warriors the win in Windhoek with a goal in the final 20 minutes of the match.

The Namibians played the last few minutes with 10 men after Denzil Haoseb was sent off for a second yellow card.

Group K after four matches:
Guinea-Bissau7 points
Namibia7 points
Mozambique4 points
Zambia4 points
Uganda's Farouk Miya
Farouk Miya's two goals for Uganda in Lesotho has put the Cranes on course for a second consecutive Nations Cup

Uganda took a big step towards qualifying for a second successive Nations Cup as neighbours Tanzania kept their hopes alive in Group L.

Croatia-based striker Farouk Miya scored both goals for Uganda as they beat hosts Lesotho 2-0.

His first in Maseru came after just six minutes and he added a second from a curling free-kick 10 minutes before half-time.

Tanzania recovered from a missed penalty to record a 2-0 win over Cape Verde in Dar es Salaam.

Saimon Msuva tapped in from close range for the first with Mbwana Samatta, who plays in Belgium with Genk, adding the second.

Group L after four matches:
Uganda 10 points
Tanzania5 points
Cape Verde4 points
Lesotho2 points

There are two more qualifying rounds left to play - one in November and the final matches will be in March next year.