2013 African Cup of Nations qualifiers Live updates

By IndepthAfrica
In Benin
Oct 13th, 2012

In Summary

  • Seven second-leg ties on Saturday
  • First-leg scores in brackets
  • Morocco 4-0 Mozambique 2100 BST (0-2)
  • Senegal 0-2 Ivory Coast (2-6 agg)
  • Match abandoned after 76 mins
  • FT: Uganda 1-0 Zambia (1-1 agg)
  • Zambia through 9-8 on penalties
  • FT: Malawi 0-1 Ghana (0-3 agg)
  • FT: Botswana 1-4 Mali (1-7 agg)
  • FT: Nigeria 6-1 Liberia (8-3 agg)
  • FT: Tunisia 0-0 Sierra Leone (2-2 agg)
  • BST is one hour ahead of GMT
Zambia players hold the trophy of the African Cup of Nations after their final soccer match against Ivory Coast at Stade de L’Amitie in Libreville, Gabon, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)


All times are CAT

FULL-TIME – Morocco 4-0 Mozambique (4-2 agg)

What a way to reverse a first-leg deficit and qualify with style. Morocco hit four without reply on the night to seal their place in South Africa and send a disconsolate Mozambique team out. After it had all gone so well for them in their home game, it turned into a nightmare in Marrakech for the Black Mambas. Morocco’s new look, meanwhile, paid off under new coach Rachid Taoussi.

GOAL – Morocco 4-0 Mozambique

Morocco top their incredible comeback with a fourth goal courtesy of Nordin Amrabat.

GOAL – Morocco 3-0 Mozambique

The comeback is complete, as Morocco go three up on the night and a goal up on aggregate over 10-man Mozambique.

GOAL – Morocco 2-0 Mozambique

Houssine Kharja converts a spot-kick for the hosts and it’s game on in Marrakech, with the tie all square at 2-2 on aggregate now.

Match abandoned

In Dakar, the Senegal v Ivory Coast match has reportedly been abandoned. The players have now left the pitch and police are on the field.

GOAL – Morocco 1-0 Mozambique

Abdelaziz Barrada puts the hosts ahead on the night, just before the break, and puts them right back in the tie. It’s 2-1 on aggregate now and all to play for for Morocco.

A similar situation happened in 2008 when Senegal failed to qualify at the expense of rivals The Gambia. Fires were lit around the ground then also.

The Ivorian and Senegalese players and staff are still on the pitch, standing in the centre circle. They are surrounded by Ivorian fans. The time of the game is stuck at 76 minutes, 24 seconds.

FULL-TIME- Tunisia 0-0 Sierra Leone (Agg: 2-2)

Tunisia are fairly lucky to hold out against a determined 10-man, Sierra Leone, but the Tunisians are through on away goals.

Play stopped

Small fires have been lit in one of the stands in the Stade Leopold Senghor. Objects are being hurled on the pitch. Play is halted to allow things to calm down, in what is now an extremely tense environment.

GOAL- Senegal 0-2 Ivory Coast

And Didier Drogba scores from the spot to put the seal on the Ivorians’ qualification for South Africa, barring a miracle from Senegal.


Drogba to take it to double Ivory Coast’s lead.


And we’re just kicking off in our final game of a frantic day of action, with Morrocco taking on Mozambique in Marrakech, looking to overturn a 2-0 first-leg result.

GOAL- Senegal 0-1 Ivory Coast

Didier Drogba hits his 57th goal for the Ivory Coast, converting a free-kick from just outside the box.


The fans are bit restless but I think both sides will take 0-0 at half-time. Gervinho had the best chance for Ivory Coast but Boubacar Barry has been the busiest keeper. Senegal are not out of this yet. But the Elephants will feel they’re a goal away from sealing it. Teranga Lions coach Joseph Koto asked the fans for patience. That will be tested in the second period


Sierra Leone’s Djibril Sanko is dismissed after a foul on Tunisia’s Hamdi Harbaoui


The game between Senegal and Ivory Coast is under way.


It’s all over in Nigeria – and Liberia will certainly be grateful to hear the final whistle. A brilliant attacking display has booked Nigeria’s place in South Africa, and on this form they might just have a chance at being crowned champions.

GOAL – Nigeria 6-1 Liberia

Nigeria’s five-goal margin is restored by Victor Moses who heads in from Mikel’s cross to grab his second of the game.

GOAL – Nigeria 5-1 Liberia

Patrick Wleh shows determination in the penalty box to get to the ball first and he toes it past Enyeama into the net.

GOAL – Nigeria 5-0 Liberia

It’s a rout. Ike Uche gets on the score sheet as Nigeria show neighbours Liberia no mercy. Uche’s shot crashes in off the post – as if confirmation was needed that Liveria’s luck is not in today!


GOAL – Nigeria 3-0 Liberia

Victor Moses puts Nigeria within touching distance of next year’s tournament in South Africa. The Chelsea winger converts Nosa Igiebor’s cross to score his first goal for his country.

GOAL – Nigeria 2-0 Liberia

Ahmed Musa doubles his side’s lead as he latches on to Emmanuel Emenike’s ball into the box and slots home. The Super Eagles are now in a strong position, with two away goals in the bag from the first leg. But one strike from Liberia would change the complexion of things.

And to bring you bang up to date, the matches between Equatorial Guinea and DR Congo, and Nigeria and Liberia are now under way.

In all that excitement, the match in Botswana got lost a bit. But I can tell you that it ended Botswana 1-4 Mali. And that means Mali have booked their place in South Africa, with a 7-1 aggregate victory.

Zambia are through 9-8 on penalties and it’s heartbreak for Uganda.

It was as close as you can get but the reigning champions are through to the tournament in South Africa.

Emmaunel Okwi needs to score this penalty to keep Uganda in the tie and he… SCORES! 4-4.

Zambia up for the first penalty… SAVED!

That’s full-time in Kamapala and the match will be decided on spot-kicks.

Zambia won the Africa Cup of Nations on penalties in February, so they have form. Can Uganda rise to the challenge and qualify for the first time since 1978?

GOAL – Bostwana 1-4 Mali
A little pride salavaged by Botswana as they pull a goal back. Not that it is going to affect the resut now.

It HAS become embarrassing for Bostwana. They have leaked a fourth goal in their second-leg tie against Mali, who have now definitely wrapped up a third consecutive victory over their opponents.

Botswana’s tiniest hopes have been extinguished as Mali hit another to lead 3-0 on the day and 6-0 on aggregate. This could become emnbarrassing if the hosts aren’t careful.

It’s all Zambia at the moment and the reigning champions are pressing hard to make a breakthrough. They’ve forced two good saves from Denis Onyango in this half.

Uganda make a switch, taking off Brian Umony and bringoing on Emmanuel Okui.

FULL-TIME – Malawi 0-1 Ghana
Ghana become the first team to make it through to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. An efficient display from the Black Stars earns them a lone-goal win on the day and a 4-0 aggregate victory.

GOAL – Botswana 0-2 Mali
That certainly ends the tie as a contest! Mali go 2-0 up after 57 minutes of the second leg and it’s now 5-0 on aggregate. It’s game over for Botswana, who went into the game with little chance of turning the game around and now it is purely damage limitation.

Almost all over in Malwai. In stoppage time now. Ghana have been very efficient and have never looked troubled.

Uganda’s half-time team talk would have been an interesting one. Legendary former player Kalusha Bwalya was in attendance after he raced from the stands to join the team. It seems to have helped as Uganda have come out strong.

Zambia start the second half. Immediately they win a free-kick on the edge of the box but the shot is straight at the wall.

It’s also half-time in Bostwana, where Mali lead 1-0 on the day thanks to a goal by Cheik Diabate. The visitors are 4-0 up on aggregate.

HALFTIME: Uganda Cranes     1    Zambia    0

You have to commend Malawi for their attitude. At 3-0 down you may expect their heads would drop, but the Flames are pushing on and doing their best to at least salvage some pride from this tie against Ghana. Unfortunately their execution doesn’t match their attitude as a good move down the left forces a corner but the set-piece is wasted.

GOAL – Bostwana 0-1 Mali

Mali take a giant step towards qualification with the opening strike of the game – an away goal that puts them 4-0 up on aggregate and virtually guarantees their place in South Africa next year.

The second half starts in Malawi.

GOAL – Uganda 1-0 Zambia

Incredible scenes in Kampala as the hosts take the lead in the match and level the score on aggregate. Geoffrey Massa collects a free-kick over the top, chests it down and rounds the keeper to slip the ball into the net.

Game on!

Not much to report in Botswana, where the game remains goalless. Visitors Mali are 3-0 up from the first leg so can be forgiven for a lack of adventure.

Uganda have been doing most of the attacking but then Zambia come forward and have a penalty appeal turned down. Moments later the visitors have another shout for a spot-kick waved away. Testing times for Uganda.

Cagey opening exchanges in Kampala, where the tie is finely balanced with Zambia holding only a one-goal lead from the first leg.

Once again, the coaches appear to be at opposite ends of the spectrum – Uganda’s Williamson prowls the technical area, while Zambia’s Renard leans back against the dugout. How will their personas affect their teams’ performances?

Robert Ng’ambi forces a corner for Malawi but the hosts waste the opportunity. After 22 minutes played, Ghana are looking comfortable. It’s a tall order for Malawi to get themselves back into this one. It really would be the mother, father, grandmother and grandfather of all comebacks now.

Uganda coach Bobby Williamson is dressed in a suit, while his counterpart, Zambian coach Herve Renard, is in his trademark jeans and white shirt – rocking that catalogue model look that he does so well!

Teams are ready to be introduced to the V.I.Ps and soon we’ll have the national anthems.

14h47 – Some teams news for Mali in their match against Botswana and it is not good for the visitors. After Seydou Keita, Adama Tamboura and Mustapha Yattabare withdrew, Mali have lost Momo Sissoko, Fousseiny Diawara and possibly Kalilou Traore to injury as well.

14h36 – GOAL! Well, that didn’t take long! Ghana have the lead and it is devastating for Malawi, who must now score four times to advance!

14h33 – we are under way in Lilongwe in our first match, can Ghana complete the job and seal their place in South Africa next year?

14h28 – We have the line-ups from the clash in Uganda coming up at 15h00, where African champions Zambia must protect a 1-0 lead.

Uganda: Dennis Onyango, Andrew Mwesigwa, Simeon Massa, Godfrey Walusimbi, Henry Kalungi, Tonny Mawejje, Moses Oloya, Hassan Waswa, Brian Umony, Geofret Massa, Geofrey Kizito

Zambia: Kennedy Mweene, Emmanuel Mbola, Nathan Sinkala, Chisamba Lungu, Hichani Himoonde, Stoppila sunzu, Davies Nkausu, William Njobvu, Isaac Chansa, Christopher Katongo, Emmanuel Mayuka

14h25 – You can catch out Play-by-Play coverage of Malawi vs Ghanaright here, don’t miss a minute of the action!

14h15 - It is 15 minutes to kick-off in our first match where home side Malawi must overturn a 2-0 deficit against continental giants Ghana. Tall order!

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