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Ghana and Cameroon make shock Olympics exits

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Tanzania are through to the second round of the 2012 Olympic qualifiers

Leading African football nations Ghana and Cameroon made shock early exits from the 2012 London Olympics qualifying competition on Saturday.

But some of the continent's other top footballing nations like Nigeria, Morocco and Algeria sealed their places in the second round of the qualifiers on Sunday.

Ghana came from behind to hold Sudan 1-1 in sweltering Khartoum but went out 2-1 on aggregate having lost the home first leg 1-0 two weeks ago despite bolstering the team with Europe-based professionals.

Cameroon were left to rue a missed first-leg penalty as they lost a Dar-es-Salaam thriller 2-1 after extra time and the subsequent penalty shoot-out 4-3 to fall at the last-32 stage.

Algeria eased into the second round following their 1-0 away win over Madagascar in Antananarivo on Sunday.

Sid Ahmed Aouadj scored the only goal for Algeria to qualify 4-0 on aggregate.

Their neighbours Morocco advanced despite losing 2-1 against Mozambique in Maputo on Sunday.

The defeat means the north Africans qualify 3-2 on aggregate.

Ekigho Ehiosun's hat-trick helped Nigeria to thump Equatorial Guinea 4-1 in Malabo and they advance with a 9-1 aggregate victory.

South Africa forced a 0-0 draw with Libya in Bamako - the match was moved to the Mali capital because of the conflict between pro- and anti-Muammar Ghaddafi forces - and advanced on the strength of a 4-2 home victory.

Egypt, who have represented Africa a record 12 times at Olympic football tournaments since 1924, DR Congo, Senegal and Tunisia also advanced to the third round scheduled for June.

Stung after conceding a stoppage-time match-winner in Accra, Ghana drafted in Spain-based Ransford Osei and Jonathan Mensah, and Tunisia-based Saddick Adams.

But Sudan coach Mohammed Mudiheen said he was unperturbed by the move from opposite number David Duncan and a ninth-minute goal from Ramadan al-Agab settled home nerves.

Ghana levelled in the second half but the second goal that would have given them overall victory on the away-goal rule proved elusive in 35-degree celsius heat at Khartoum Stadium.

Cameroon went to Tanzania with a 2-1 advantage and stretched it through Frank Etiounde on 10 minutes only for senior international Kigi Makassy to equalise just 60 seconds later in qualifiers restricted to under-23 players.

Thomas Ulimwengu put the East Africans ahead midway through the second half while bringing the teams level on aggregate and the rest of regulation time plus 30 additional minutes failed to deliver a tie-breaker.

Only Innocent Wambura failed among the five Tanzanian penalty takers in the shoot-out while Patrick Abouna and Mouangue Otele could not convert their spot kicks for Cameroon and Dar es Salaam celebrated an unexpected triumph.

A Bakang Moeng brace had Egypt on the rack in Botswana before Mohsen Marwan scored the goal that edged the North Africans through despite a 2-1 reverse in Gaborone.

Whyrsse Idriss scored to earn Tunisia a 1-0 win in Malawi, two goals from Botayi Bamato steered DR Congo to a 3-1 home win over Burkina Faso and a 1-1 draw in Angola squeezed Senegal through on the away-goal rule.

Congo Brazzaville needed a penalty shoot to edge past visitors Uganda after the two sides drew 1-1 on aggregate.

Boukama Kaya scored all important goal for Congo in the 53rd minute to ensure the tie ended level on aggregate and his side went on to win the shoot out 4-2.

There was an exciting beginning and end to the game in Conakry between Guinea and Mali as the two sides drew 2-2 in the second leg and that was the same score on aggregate.

Visitors Mali took the lead after just three minutes through Cheibane Traore but Guinea equalised four minutes later with a Aly Soumah penalty.

Oumar Kone regained the lead for Mali in the 82nd minute only for Hady Barry to equalise just two minutes later, but it was not enough for Guinea as the visitors advanced on the away goals rule.

The game between Liberia and Ivory Coast has been put back to 20 April because of the Ivorian unrest and Benin advanced after the withdrawal The Gambia.

Zambia had already beaten Rwanda 3-0 on aggregate, the second leg of that game played on 3 April.

The draw for the next round will be held on 13 April in Egypt, there will be eight seeded teams for the draw based on the Fifa world rankings for March.



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see also
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Nigeria stay local for Olympics
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Ghana stars in Olympics call-up
07 Apr 11 |  African
Ghana triumphant at U20 World Cup
16 Oct 09 |  African
2012 Olympic qualifying tournament
14 Jan 11 |  African


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