Afcon 2017: All the 16 qualified nations

Afcon 2017: All the 16 qualified nations
Source: Ghana/Joy Sports/Gary Al-Smith
Date: 04-09-2016 Time: 10:09:13:pm

Finally, it's about to go down.

After hundreds of hours of qualifying, the field is set for the 2017 African Nations Cup. Ghana joins 15 others on January in the hope of not just getting to the final, but winning it after more than 33 years of hurt.

Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Togo, Tunisia and Uganda on Sunday filled the final five 2017 Africa Cup of Nations places that were up for grabs.

They will join Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Morocco, Senegal, Zimbabwe, all of whom qualified before the final round, and hosts Gabon at the tournament next January.

On a dramatic final day of qualifying, Togo scored five goals, DR Congo and Tunisia four each and Burkina Faso won with a goal nine minutes into stoppage time.

But no celebrations could match those of Uganda, whose last of five appearances at the African football showpiece was in 1978, when they finished runners-up to hosts Ghana.

Tunisia won Group A by trouncing Liberia 4-1 in Monastir with a Wahbi Khazri goal after only five minutes setting the tone.

Liberian Mark Paye cut the deficit to 2-1 on 71 minutes only for the Carthage Eagles to respond with two more goals in the following six minutes.

Togo hammered whipping boys Djibouti 5-0 in Lome in the same mini-league to claim one of two places reserved for the runners-up with the most points.

The Togolese shared second place in the runners-up standings with Benin and Ethiopia, but had a vastly superior goal difference.

Komlan Agbegniadan rounded off the rout with two goals in the final four minutes for the Sparrowhawks, who are coached by veteran Frenchman Claude Le Roy.

DR Congo took control in the second half to whip Central African Republic 4-1 in a top-of-the-table Group B clash and finish five points clear.

Jonathan Bolingi and Jordan Botaka scored during the final quarter after the visitors had pulled one goal back through Eloge Enza-Yamissi to trail 2-1 on 62 minutes in Kinshasa.

A Banou Diawara goal after 99 minutes in Ouagadougou gave Burkina Faso a 2-1 win over Botswana in a match that produced three red cards, two of them to the visitors.

The last-gasp victory gave the Stallions top place in Group D on the head-to-head rule over Uganda, who qualified as the best runners-up.

Teenager Farouk Miya scored 35 minutes into the first half to give Uganda a 1-0 win over the Comoros in front of a capacity 45 000 Kampala crowd.

But the dominant Cranes wasted several chances to extend the lead and ease visible tension on the pitch and in the packed stands.

Equatorial Guinea, 2015 Cup of Nations hosts and semifinalists, scored four goals within 16 minutes to crush South Sudan 4-0 in a Group C match in Malabo that had only pride at stake.

In five previous qualifiers against Benin, South Sudan and Mali, the Equatoguineans managed to score just twice in 450 minutes.

THE LAST 16

Gabon
Algeria
Burkina Faso
Cameroon
Cote d'Ivoire
DR Congo
Egypt
Ghana
Guinea Bissau
Mali
Morocco
Senegal
Tunisia
Togo
Uganda
Zimbabwe

 

AFCON2017 heatmap (or sth like that)
Gab, Alg, BFA, Cam, CIV, DRC, Egy, Gha, GBis, Mal, Mor, Sen, Tun, Tog, Uga, Zim pic.twitter.com/nGjO4ojOsN

— Gary Al-Smith (@garyalsmith) September 4, 2016

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