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Nigeria knocked out of CHAN as Ghana go through

The DR Congo celebrate winning the African Nations Championship
The DR Congo won the first ever African Nations Championship

Last year's African Nations Championship (CHAN) finalists Ghana have booked their place in the second edition of the tournament, but Nigeria are out.

The Black Stars beat Burkina Faso 1-0 in Accra to book their spot in the competition which will take place next year in Sudan.

Bismarck Idan scored the only goal of the game for Ghana.

Meanwhile Nigeria will miss out on the finals next year after losing 2-0 on aggregate to Niger.

Nigeria could only draw 0-0 at home after losing the first leg 2-0 two weeks ago.

Earlier, Cameroon became the first country to qualify for Sudan after beating Congo 3-0 in Yaounde on Saturday.

Second-half goals by Eyenga Anicet, Julian and Edgar Momasso Saly secured the win for the Indomitable Lions.

This also ensured a 4-1 aggregate victory for the home side.

It means Cameroon are through to the second edition of the tournament to be played next year after missing the maiden competition held in Ivory Coast last year.

Congo will play the loser of the tie between DR Congo and Gabon in May for a chance to play at the tournament.

Senegal booked their spot in Sudan after beating Sierra Leone 4-3 on penalties in Freetown.

The Leone Stars actually won the tie 1-0 courtesy of a goal from Ibrahim 'Tetteh' Bangura.

That meant the two teams had drawn the fixture with a 1-1 aggregate score and the winner had to be decided via a penalty shoot-out.

Mali will also be finalists after beating Guinea 2-0.

The Eagles qualify 3-1 on aggregate.

Reigning champions DR Congo are through to the final qualifying round after a 3-2 aggregate victory over Gabon.

Meanwhile, Tanzania thrashed Somalia 6-0 in Dar-es-Salam on Saturday to reach the final qualifying round of CHAN.

First half goals by John Boko and Kigi Makasi gave the home side a comfortable start before the break.

Further strikes by Mrisho Ngasa, Erasto Nyoni, Musa Mgosi and Nadir Haroub sealed the resounding victory for the Taifa Stars.

Tanzania advance on a 6-0 aggregate as Somalia forfeited their home tie because of the lack of security in their country.

Taifa Stars will meet Rwanda in the second round in May to decide who will qualify for the tournament to be held in Sudan next year.

Elsewhere, a hat-trick by Tony Odur helped Uganda to brush Burundi aside with a 4-0 win to qualify for the last round.

The Bunamwaya striker put the Cranes in the lead on 24 minutes and doubled his tally three minutes after the break.

Odur made it 3-0 in the in the 66th minute before Musa Mudde sealed the win with 12 minutes remaining.

This means Uganda reach the last round of qualifiers where they will face Kenya thanks to their 5-1 aggregate win.

Seychelles are also through to the final round of qualifying after a 1-1 draw in Namibia.

They go through 2-1 on aggregate.

Zimbabwe's Nyasha Musheki
Nyasha Mushekwi scored a brace for Zimbabwe

In Harare, Zimbabwe beat Swaziland 3-0 for a 5-1 aggregate victory, with two goals from Nyasha Mushekwi and one from Ramson Zhuwawo.

Swaziland coach Ephraim "Shakes" Mashaba said that despite the first round exit, the CHAN is a helpful competition for his team.

"The more competitions we have in Africa the better, it's going to help those boys who play locally and give them better exposure," Mashaba told BBC Sport.

Seychelles will now take on Zimbabwe for a spot in Sudan.

A young South Africa side beat Botswana 2-1 to reach the final round of qualifying in May and June.

The first leg a fortnight ago was goalless.

Moses Spandeel scored a brace for the home side, while Dirang Moloi scored Botswana's only goal.

Rasca and Job were on target as Angola ran out 2-0 victors over Madagascar.

That win sets up a two-legged tie with Malawi for a place in next year's finals.



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see also
DR Congo lift CHAN trophy
07 Mar 09 |  African
CHAN 2009 results and fixtures
05 Mar 09 |  African
African Nations Championship
15 Dec 08 |  African


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