African teams qualify for first round stages
by SAVIOUS KWINIKA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE teams that have progressed to the next round of the African Nations Championships (CHAN) 2015 have been confirmed.
Almost all countries that carried victories into the second leg of the preliminaries sailed through.
In east Africa, the first nation to qualify was Ethiopia, who held host nation Kenya to a goalless draw in Nairobi having won 2-0 in the opening match in Addis Ababa.
Uganda also progressed following a 1 – 1 draw with Tanzania having won the first leg 3-0 while Burundi capitalised on home advantage to beat visiting Djibouti 2 – 0 to qualify to the next stage.
In Southern Africa, Zimbabwe, despite making last minute travel arrangements to Comoros, progressed on a goalless draw having won 2-0 in Harare two weeks ago.
Mozambique hammered Seychelles 4-0 having won the first tie 5-1 in Maputo while Angola dismissed Swaziland 2-0 in Luanda.
Lesotho also progressed following a 1-1 away draw to Botswana after the first leg finished goalless in Maseru.
In other match, 2014 hosts South Africa edged Mauritius 2-0 in Mauritius having won the first encounter 3-0 in Johannesburg while Namibia continued their recent dominance over Zambia by dumping them 6-5 on penalties having won the first tie 2-1 in Windhoek. A similar result panned out in Lusaka.
In West Africa, Mauritania sailed through following their 2-0 victory handing them a 4-1 aggregate win. Mali beat Guinea Bissau 4-2 overall while Senegal progressed through following a goalless draw with host Gambia having won the first leg 3-1.
In other weekend outcomes, Liberia were held to a 1 – 1 by Guinea, who qualified 4-2 on aggregate.
The next round resumes in October.
Rwanda will host the tournament, which is for locally-based players.
– CAJ News
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