RABAT, (Xinhua) --
Morocco defeated Sao Tome e Principe 2-0 in Rabat
late on Sunday to end their successful 2017 Africa Cup of
Nations qualifying campaign.
At Complexe Sportif
Prince Moulay Abdellah, Hakim Ziyech netted the opening goal
from the penalty spot in the 55th minute before Aziz
Bouhaddouz wrapped up a straightforward victory in the 83rd.
The Moroccan squad,
who already guaranteed their leadership of Group F before the
match, finished the campaign with an impressive haul of 16
points. Only Senegal, with an 18-point record in Group K, fared
Ghana to make 21st
appearance at Africa cup of nations
By Alex Osei-Boateng ACCRA, (Xinhua) --
Ghana has qualified to the 2017 Africa
Cup of Nations (AFCON) to be staged in Gabon next year.
The 2017 AFCON will
be Ghana’s national team’s 21st appearance since the
inception of the continental soccer fiesta in 1957.
The Black Stars last
Saturday drew 1-1 with Rwanda in the final group qualifier at
the Accra Sports Stadium, with young attacker Samuel Tetteh
scoring his debut goal for the West Africans.
medalists at the 2015 edition of the tournament, qualified as
group leaders with 14 points from six games, with an unbeaten
Ghana will know its
Group opponents for the 2017 AFCON when the draw is held in
Gabonese capital of Libreville on October 19 as the Black Stars
seeks to end a trophy drought since 1982.
The Black Stars is
expected to be among the top seeds considering its current
position on the FIFA/CAF rankings.
The 2017 cup of
nations will kick off in January.
Algeria ends CAN 2017
qualifiers with 6-0 win over Lesotho
Algeria on Sunday defeated Lesotho 6-0 on the
sixth and final day of qualifiers to the African Cup of Nations
The goals were
scored by El Arabi Hillel Soudani(7’, 38’), Riyad Mahrez (17’,
74’), Safir Taider (23’), and Riyad Boudebouz on penalty (45+2).
The Algerian squad
managed to score 25 goals in six matches in the qualifiers,
putting them on top of the list of strongest attacks.
The match was the
first official test for the new Serbian coach of Algeria,
Milovan Rajevac. The impressive result in fact has no
importance; the Greens have already secured their qualification
for the CAN after their last victory (2-0) against the
The game is more a
preparation match for Mahrez’ mates, who are due to face
Cameroon on Oct. 9 onthe first day qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA
World Cup in Russia.
The game was held at
Mustapha Tchaker Stadium in Blida province, 50 km south-west of