Guinea beat War­riors

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport -

ZIM­BABWE had al­ready qual­i­fied as the group win­ners, so their 1-0 away de­feat by Guinea had no bear­ing on qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

In oth­ers matches played yes­ter­day, Uganda qual­i­fied for the Africa Cup of Na­tions for the first time since 1978 af­ter beat­ing Co­moros.

Their 1-0 vic­tory se­cured their place at next year’s fi­nals in Gabon as one of the two best group run­ners-up.

Group D ri­vals Burk­ina Faso also qual­i­fied with a late 2-1 vic­tory over Botswana to en­sure they fin­ished top of the ta­ble.

Banou Di­awara struck deep into in­jury time for the Burk­in­abe, who had Steeve Yago sent off mo­ments be­fore.

The win means they took 13 points from their six group games.

Uganda also reached 13 points, thanks to a 35th-minute win­ner by Farouk Miya in Kam­pala, but they fin­ished in sec­ond place be­cause of a in­fe­rior head-to-head record against Burk­ina Faso.

How­ever, it was enough to send the Cranes to the fi­nals for the first time for 38 years. Some Ugan­dan play­ers raised their arms and oth­ers sank to their knees at the end of the match.

Uganda’s last ap­pear­ance at the Na­tions Cup ended in a run­ners-up spot when they lost to Ghana in the fi­nal.

Six­teen teams will com­pete at the tour­na­ment, which runs from Jan­uary14 to Fe­bru­ary 5: the 13 group win­ners and two best group run­ners-up, plus hosts Gabon.

Al­ge­ria, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea-Bis­sau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Morocco, Sene­gal and Zim­babwe had booked their places be­fore Sun­day’s matches.

Burk­ina Faso, who lost to Nige­ria in the 2013 fi­nal, left it very late to guar­an­tee their qual­i­fi­ca­tion af­ter Pre­juce Nak­oulma’s 18th-minute opener was can­celled out by a Botswana equaliser from the penalty spot.

Vis­i­tors Botswana held their op­po­nents un­til al­most the last kick of the match, de­spite hav­ing Le­sego Gale­n­amotl­hale dis­missed on 61 min­utes and Ka­belo Dambe sent off with two min­utes of nor­mal time re­main­ing. — BBC Sport

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