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Morocco beat Sao Tome e Principe
in Africa Cup of Nations qualifier        

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 better. 

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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.

Ghana, silver medalists at the 2015 edition of the tournament, qualified as group leaders with 14 points from six games, with an unbeaten record.

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.

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Algeria ends CAN 2017 qualifiers with 6-0 win over Lesotho

ALGIERS, (Xinhua)-- Algeria on Sunday defeated Lesotho 6-0 on the sixth and final day of qualifiers to the African Cup of Nations (CAN) 2017.

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 Seychelles.

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 Algiers. 

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