Africa Cup of Nations 2017 Qualifiers – Group I

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Final Group Standings

Team P W D L F A GD PTS
1 Ivory Coast 4 1 3 0 3 2 1 6
2 Sierra Leone 4 1 2 1 2 2 0 5
3 Sudan 4 1 1 2 2 3 -1 4
Results
14.06.2015 Sudan 1 : 0 Sierra Leone
06.09.2015 Sierra Leone 0 : 0 Ivory Coast
25.03.2016 Ivory Coast 1 : 0 Sudan
29.03.2016 Sudan 1 : 1 Ivory Coast
 04.06.2016  Sierra Leone 1 : 0  Sudan
03.09.2016 Ivory Coast 1 : 1 Sierra Leone

*As Gabon are hosts of the 2017 competition and already qualified no points towards the qualifiers are awarded for their matches in the group.

*The group is effectively a 3 team group and as such only the group winner qualifies.

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Highlights of AFCON 2017 qualifiers

Excellence Award: Senegal

Six wins out of six. 100-per cent record for the Teranga Lions. Trailing them is Algeria, Mali and Morocco with five wins each and a draw from the six games. Not forgetting Egypt, who managed three wins from four matches.

 

Revelation of the Year: Guinea Bissau

A country of a population of less than 2 million, and was rarely spoken about in football circles until recently. In a group with former winners’ Congo and Zambia, they prevailed. Since the beginning of 2010, Guinea Bissau has played a total of 27 matches, an average of less than four games in a year.

 

Perseverance Prize: Uganda

Losing finalists in 1978, beaten by host Ghana 2-0 in the grand finale, Uganda had to wait for 39 years to realize qualification to the biggest stage in African football. This is a record in itself.

 

Consistency Prize: Tunisia

Qualification for 2017 means 13 qualifications in a row for the Carthage Eagles since 1994. Between the period, 1994 to 2015, Tunisia won the title at home beating Morocco in the final in 2004 and losing to South Africa in the final in 1996.

 

Best Attack: Algeria

Les Fennecs scored a total of 25 goals, an average of more than four goals per game and conceding five. Algeria beat Ethiopia 7-1 in Blida in one of the biggest wins of the qualifiers.

 

Stroke of Luck: Burkina Faso

Les Etalons left it late to confirm their ticket. And it came in the ninth minute of added time to beat Botswana 2-1 in Ouagadougou.

 

Cautious Kings: Cote d’Ivoire

The holders failed to live up to expectation in the qualifiers. In a group with Sierra Leone and Sudan, Les Elephants managed just one win and three draws, surviving a late scare from Sierra Leone in the final match which ended 1-1 in Bouake. Victory for Sierra Leone would have denied the Ivorians the opportunity to defend their title in Gabon. It serves a huge warning to the West Africans ahead of next year’s final tournament and the qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018.

 

Roll call

Qualified teams: Gabon (host), Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, DR Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Morocco, Senegal, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe

 

Former champions who qualified

Algeria (1990), Cameroon (1984, 1988, 2000, 2002), Cote d’Ivoire (1992, 2015), Egypt (1957, 1959, 1986, 1998, 2006, 2008, 2010), Ghana (1963, 1965, 1978, 1982), Morocco (1976), Congo (1968, 1974), Tunisia (2004)

 

Former champions who failed to qualify

Ethiopia (1962), Sudan (1970), Congo (1972), Nigeria (1980, 1994, 2013), South Africa (1996), Zambia (2012)

Courtesy: www.cafonline.com

 

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A Jam-packed Siaka Stevens Stadium for the Leone Stars vs Panthers of Gabon match