Reigning champion Nigeria crash out as Africa Cup of Nations qualifying comes to a close衛冕冠軍尼日利亞碰撞出作為非洲國家杯預選賽即將結束

By Euan McKirdy, CNN
November 20, 2014 -- Updated 0401 GMT (1201 HKT)
Mali's team captain Seydou Keita (C) and Algeria's captain Medhi Lacen hold a banner reading ''Together we can fight Ebola'' during Africa Cup of Nations qualifying.
Mali's team captain Seydou Keita (C) and Algeria's captain Medhi Lacen hold a banner reading ''Together we can fight Ebola'' during Africa Cup of Nations qualifying.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • 2013 Champion Nigeria bow out following 2-2 draw with South Africa
  • Controversy over Guinea's participation linked to Ebola outbreak
  • Ivory Coast book their place
  • DR Congo qualify as best third-place team
 

(CNN) -- The final round of qualifiers for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations threw up a few surprises, the most notable of which being holders Nigeria bowing out.

The results of Wednesday evening also presented some potential logistical issues, as Guinea progressed to the finals next January, highlighting the problems that Ebola fears may cloud the event.

The ruling African football body, CAF, last week removed Morocco as host, handing hosting duties to 2012 co-host Equatorial Guinea.

The North African country had voiced concerns over the spread of the deadly disease in a number of West African countries and requested a postponement. As a further consequence, its team has been expelled from the competition,

The controversy had threatened to overwhelm the final round of games, played out this week, but by the end of Wednesday the 16 teams who will travel to the finals were known.

Elephants ease into Finals

Ivory Coast qualified behind Group D winner Cameroon after a goalless draw between the two teams. The result was enough to fend off a late challenge from DR Congo after its 3-1 victory over Sierra Leone in the Congolese capital of Kinshasa.

DR Congo's result, however, helped the team garner an impressive total of nine points, which saw the Leopards progress as the best-performing third place team from the seven groups, narrowly beating the reigning champions Nigeria to the remaining qualifying spot.

Super Eagles crash out

Nigeria has been a regular fixture in the finals of the competition since its early days, but will be a notable absentee in Equatorial Guinea, mirroring 2010 holders Egypt in failing to qualify for the following edition of the tournament in 2012.

The Super Eagles were held 2-2 by South Africa in Uyo, giving second-place in Group A to Congo, as the team recorded a 1-0 victory over Sudan in Khartoum.

The South Africans topped Group A with 12 points from their qualifying campaign.

Niger and Mozambique played out a dead rubber with a 1-1 draw, with fellow Group F teams Cape Verde and Zambia already having qualified before kick-off on Wednesday.

Burkina Faso's draw with Angola was also largely academic, the west African nation having already joined Gabon in qualifying from Group C.

Keita magic

Meanwhile, Mali booked their spot for the seventh consecutive time with a standout performance from captain Seydou Keita. The Roma midfielder opened the scoring with a well-taken penalty. Mali finished runners-up in Group B behind Algeria.

A poor showing in Tunisia by Egypt saw the 2010 champions lose 2-1, and miss out on a place at the finals.

Ghana's Black Stars ensured they progressed from Group F with a routine 3-1 win over neighbors Togo. They will be joined in the finals by Guinea, after a 2-0 victory over Uganda in the Moroccan city of Casablanca -- Ebola fears in the West African country ruling out home matches for the time being.

The Ebola crisis threatens to loom large over the tournament. Host country of the finals, Equatorial Guinea, was disqualified earlier in the qualifying tournament for fielding an ineligible player, but were later reinstated.

The final 16

South Africa

Congo

Algeria

Mali

Gabon

Burkina Faso

Cameroon

Ivory Coast

Ghana

Guinea

Cape Verde

Zambia

Tunisia

Senegal

DR Congo (best third-place team)

Equatorial Guinea (automatically qualify as hosts)

衛冕冠軍尼日利亞碰撞出作為非洲國家杯預選賽即將結束
通過尤安McKirdy,CNN
2014年11月20日 - 更新0401 GMT(1201 HKT)
馬里隊隊長凱塔(C)和阿爾及利亞的隊長邁赫迪·拉岑持有橫幅,上面寫著“期間國家預選賽非洲國家杯'我們可以一起對抗埃博拉'。
馬里隊隊長凱塔(C)和阿爾及利亞的隊長邁赫迪·拉岑持有橫幅,上面寫著“期間國家預選賽非洲國家杯'我們可以一起對抗埃博拉'。
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
2013冠軍尼日利亞低頭下2-2戰平南非
爭論幾內亞的參與與埃博拉疫情
象牙海岸預訂他們的地方
剛果(金)有資格作為最好的第三名球隊
(CNN) -最後一輪預選賽國的2015年南非世界杯的扔了一些驚喜,其中最顯著的的存在持尼日利亞鞠躬。
週三晚上的結果也提出了一些潛在的後勤問題,幾內亞進展到明年一月份的總決賽,突出了埃博拉病毒的恐懼可能會雲事件的問題。
執政非洲足球的身體,CAF,上週拆除摩洛哥作為主機,託管移交工作到2012年共同主辦赤道幾內亞。
這個北非國家已表示過致命疾病的蔓延的擔憂在一些西非國家,並要求推遲。作為進一步的結果,其團隊已經被驅逐出比賽,
爭論曾威脅要壓倒最後一輪比賽,發揮出這個星期,但到了週三結束的16支球隊誰將會前往總決賽被稱為。
大象輕鬆進入決賽
科特迪瓦兩隊之間互交白卷後,合格後方D組冠軍喀麥隆。其結果是不夠的3-1戰勝塞拉利昂在金沙薩的剛果首都後,抵禦來自剛果(金)一晚的挑戰。
剛果(金)的成績,但是,幫助球隊爭取一個令人印象深刻共有9分,從七組看到豹子進步為表現最好的第三名球隊,險勝衛冕冠軍尼日利亞剩下的排位賽點。
超級鷹碰撞出
尼日利亞一直是普通燈具的,因為它的早期競爭的決賽,但會在赤道幾內亞一個顯著的缺席,鏡像2010人埃及未能晉級賽的後續版本在2012年。
超級鷹是在烏約舉行2-2南非,剛果給第二位在A組,為球隊在喀土穆錄得1-0戰勝蘇丹。
南非人榮登A組,從他們預選賽12分。
尼日爾和莫桑比克發揮出了死橡膠1-1戰平,與其他F組球隊佛得角和贊比亞前週三開球已經有合格的。
布基納法索的平局與安哥拉也基本上學術,已經有西非國家加蓬加盟從小組出線C.
凱塔魔術
與此同時,馬里訂購他們的現貨連續第七時間與隊長凱塔一個出色的表現。在羅馬中場首開紀錄設有一間採取的處罰。馬里完成的亞軍在小組背後阿爾及利亞B。
表現不佳在突尼斯埃及看到了2010年的冠軍失去了2-1,而錯過了在總決賽的地方。
加納黑星保障,他們從F組取得了進展例行3-1擊敗多哥的鄰居。他們將在總決賽幾內亞被加入,2-0戰勝烏干達在摩洛哥卡薩布蘭卡市後 - 埃博拉病毒的恐懼,在西非國家排除主場比賽暫時。
埃博拉危機威脅籠罩在大比賽。總決賽中,赤道幾內亞的東道國,先前在資格賽的調遣一個不合格的球員被取消資格,但後來恢復。
最後的16
南非
剛果
阿爾及利亞
馬里
加蓬
布基納法索
喀麥隆
象牙海岸
加納
幾內亞
佛得角
贊比亞
突尼斯
塞內加爾
剛果民主共和國(最佳季軍隊伍)
赤道幾內亞(自動成為主機)

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