The line up for next year’s Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Cameroun was completed on Sunday with Ghana’s failing to qualify for the biennial championship for the third consecutive time.
Twice runners-up in 2009 and 2014, Ghana’s home-based senior team (Black Stars B) were among the biggest casualties to miss out on a place in Cameroun, including other West African giants Nigeria, Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire. Ghana.
The Ghanaians failed to overturn a 0-1 first leg defeat to Burkina, who held on for a barren draw at home in Ouagadougou on Sunday to go through 1-0 on aggregate. The result extended the sorry record of the Black Stars of missing out on the last three finals of the competition designed exclusively for footballers playing in their domestic leagues.
Senegal, meanwhile saw their 1-0 lead against Guinea overturned in Conakry, the home side winning 1-0 to send the tie to penalties.
Mamadouba Bangoura scored in the 47th minute for the Guineans to swing the game balanced at 1-1 on aggregate and they ensured the luck of penalties remained in their favour as they won 3-1 in the shootout.
Cote d'Ivoire failed to get past Niger who won 2-1 on aggregate
Elsewhere, despite winning 1-0 at home, the Elephants of Cote d'Ivoire could not overturn the 2-0 loss they suffered away to Niger with the Menas holding on for the nervous win. Guy Stephen Bedi scored the Ivorians’ lone goal in the 47th minute, but they could not bang in more to earn a ticket to Cameroun.
In Sale, Morocco, Anice Badri hit the back of the net twice as Tunisia beat Libya 2-1 to progress 3-1 on aggregate having won the first leg at home 1-0. Ahmed Moksi’s penalty in the 70th minute had given Libya some hope after he drew them level following Badri’s 13th minute opener.
However, Libya could not push for a second goal and were left dazed after Badri completed his brace with an 89th minute sucker punch.
In Bamako, Mali put up a perfect performance at home beating Mauritania 2-0 to earn a place in Cameroun.
Mali, who reached the final of the 2016 showpiece in Rwanda, missed a spot at last year’s CHAN in Morocco.
However, they ensured they made a grand return with a well-worked victory. Mamadou Coulibaly broke the deadlock in the 42nd minute of the game before Aly Dessa Sissoko put the game to bed with a second six minutes to time.
Togo earned their maiden place at CHAN at the expense of Nigeria
Qualified teams for Cameroun 2020:
Cameroun (hosts), Tanzania, Uganda, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia, Namibia, Togo (debut), Morocco, Zimbabwe, DR Congo, Congo Tunisia, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Niger, Mali.
19.10.2019 Berkane Morocco 3-0 Algeria (0-0)
20.10.2019 Sale Libya 1-2 Tunisia (0-1)
West A Zone
20.10.2019 Bamako Mali 2-0 Mauritania (0-0)
20.10.2019 Conakry Guinea 1-0 (3-1 pen) Senegal (0-1)
West B Zone
19.10.2019 Lagos Nigeria 2-0 Togo (1-4)
20.10.2019 Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire 1-0 Niger (0-2)
20.10.2019 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso 0-0 Ghana (1-0)
20.10.2019 Kinshasa DR Congo 4-1 Central African Republic (2-0)
20.10.2019 Brazzaville Congo 1-0 Equatorial Guinea (2-2)
18.10.2019 Omdurman Sudan 1-2 Tanzania (1-0)
19.10.2019 Kampala Uganda 3-0 Burundi (3-0)
19.10.2019 Kigali Rwanda 1-1 Ethiopia (1-0)
19.10.2019 Lusaka Zambia 2-2 Eswatini (1-0)
19.10.2019 Windhoek Namibia 2-0 Madagascar (0-1)
20.10.2019 Maseru Lesotho 0-0 Zimbabwe (1-3)