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May 26, 2022

AFCON 2021: Gambia and Malawi make knockout history

By Brian Aheebwa
Gambia players celebrate their winner over Mauritania in Cameroon | CAF Image

Gambia have written history by going past the group stages of the Africa Cup of Nations during their maiden participation.

Meanwhile, Malawi who are taking part at AFCON for the third time also qualified for the knockouts for the first time.

The above development was confirmed following Wednesday’s results from Group D.

Sudan and Guinea Bissau who would have grabbed one of the four best third placed team spots should they have won, lost to second placed Egypt and group winners Nigeria respectively.

Gambia who are pooled in Group F confirmed their qualification even before playing their last group game against Tunisia on Thursday.

They are level on four points with Mali who are also through despite having not played their final group game against the already eliminated Mauritania yet.

The above fixtures in Group F are now meant to confirm whether Tunisia also goes through or not. On three points the Eagles of Carthage can finish top with six points should they win against Gambia and Mali fails to win against Mauritania.

On the other hand, Malawi finished third in Group B on four points and they were enough for them to take one of the spots reserved for the best four third placed teams.

Cape Verde, who also finished third on four points in Group A, have also confirmed their name amongst the best third placed teams and therefore through to the round of 16.

Ahead of the huge meeting with Algeria in Group E on Thursday, Ivory Coast is the other team that has confirmed its place in the knockouts before their final group game.

The Elephants are currently top of Group E with four points and are enough for them to at least finish as one of the four third placed teams.

The 2019 champions Algeria will be playing for nothing but three points when they meet Ivory Coast. That’s the only way they can avoid an early exit.

There’s all to play for between Equatorial Guinea and Sierra Leone who are on three and two points respectively, any of them can still progress with a positive result from Thursday’s head to head.

Three fixtures of the Round 16 are already known; Burkina Faso vs Gabon, Senegal vs Cape Verde and Morocco vs Malawi.

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