Mahrez fires Algeria to qualify for AFCON 2021

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African Cup of Nations titleholder, Algeria has qualified for the 2021 edition of the continental tournament, thanks to Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez and Andy Delort who gave the Desert Foxes a two-goal advantage in Harare before the Zimbabwean lads levelled up in a 2-2 draw.

Algeria is the third country to qualify for the tournament.

Cameroon qualifies automatically as hosts and Senegal secured a spot Sunday by winning in Guinea-Bissau, thanks to a Sadio Mane goal. 

Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi took off Delort and Mahrez as he made five second-half substitutions within 12 minutes, but the bold move backfired when Prince Dube equalised eight minutes from time.

Drawing ended the perfect three-win record Algeria took into a match played behind closed doors because of the coronavirus, but it guaranteed them a top-two finish in a section including Zambia and Botswana. 

Who joins the defending champions in Cameroon from Group H will probably be decided in the final round next March when Zimbabwe host Zambia.

Uganda lost 1-0 away to South Sudan and Burkina Faso drew 0-0 in Malawi to miss out on chances to qualify from Group A.

A couple of late goals from Percy Tau and Themba Zwane earned South Africa a 4-2 win over Sao Tome e Principe in Group C and eSwatini and Congo Brazzaville drew 0-0 in Group I.

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