Cup Holders, Algeria, Join Senegal as Early Qualified Teams – THISDAYLIVE
* Aubameyang and Gabon teammates slept on airport flooring in Gambia
The two finalists of the 2019 edition, Senegal and Algeria have actually become the earliest qualifiers for the next editions of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Regardless of Algeria, on Monday, dedicating half of the last Friday’s oversights of the Super Eagles, they still receive the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations.
While Nigeria distributed four goal lead in house match with Sierra Leone, Algeria provided away a 2 goal cause draw 2-2 away at Zimbabwe.
After objectives in the 34th and 38th minutes, including a fine solo effort from Riyad Mahrez, it looked like Algeria would make it 4 wins from four.
In the 34th Reda Halaimia whipped in a long cross from the right and an unmarked Andy Delort had an uncomplicated header to score his first objective for Algeria.
Moments later on came the brilliance from Manchester City’s Mahrez as he snapped the ball past one defender and then cut into the location before twisting and turning to wrong-foot two defenders and firing house.
The Warriors pulled a goal back two minutes prior to half-time as striker Understanding Musona curled in a complimentary kick from the edge of the location to beat Rais M’Bolhi.
That appeared to galvanize Zimbabwe and they created the better possibilities after the break and were rewarded when Tanzania-based Prince Dube scored the equaliser in the 82nd minute seconds after coming on as a replacement.
On The Other Hand, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and his Gabon team mates were required to invest the night sleeping on the airport floor ahead of their essential Africa Cup of Nations qualifier versus Gambia.
Aubameyang used social networks to highlight their predicament after reaching Banjul airport on Sunday, ahead of Monday’s Group D clash in the Gambian capital.
The Gabon delegation were told they were not permitted to leave the airport because of an administrative problem and were required to sleep on the flooring before being allowed to leave in the early morning after federal government intervention.
No reason was provided for not allowing the team to leave the airport and head to their hotel after arrival and even by previous standards of gamesmanship in African football, this was unusual.
Gabon’s federation posted images of the event of its Facebook page but with no comment.
“Good job CAF, it’s as if we were back in the 1990s,” Aubameyang posted on Twitter in a recommendation to previous characteristics blamed on the Confederation of African Football.
“This will not demotivate us however individuals require to understand and CAF need to take duty. (It is) 2020 and we desire Africa to grow but this is not how we will arrive,” the Arsenal striker included later on.
Gabon are leading of the group standings, three points ahead of Gambia, who are seeking to reach the Nations Cup finals for the very first time. The top two groups in the group – which likewise consists of Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo- advance to the finals in Cameroon in early 2022.