Eleven nations have joined host Cameroon ahead of the 2019 AFCON tournament expected to take place sometime in June/July as CAF expands the tournament with 24 countries taking part in the event.
In group A Senegal and Madagascar have both picked the two automatic tickets available after having 13 and 10 points respectively while Equatorial Guinea and Sudan who finished with 3 points each are eliminated.
In Group B Morocco qualified with 10 points to join host Cameroon who are also in the same group and have 8 points behind the North African side, this means Comoros and Malawi are automatically eliminated from the event.
In Group C Mali have scaled through to the tournament with 11 points, while Burundi and Gabon who both have 9 and 7 points respectively will have to wait till their final match to determine who will join in the tournament next season. However, South Sudan who have never won a single match since the qualifier began have been eliminated.
In Group D Algeria have qualified with 10 points, but qualification is still open to the remaining three teams as no team is eliminated yet. Benin who are runner-sup for now have 7 points while the duo of Togo and Gambia who are tied on 5 points each will still have a chance to qualify if a win come their way in their group’s final match.
In Group E, the Super Eagles of Nigeria made their return to the AFCON tournament with 10 points after a 1-1 draw against the Bafana-Bafana of South Africa on Saturday, while South Africa who are on 9 points will have to wait till the final day to seek a ticket when they face an ambitious Libya who wish to clinch a berth too.
In Group F which consists of Kenya, Ghana, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, no team has qualified yet due to the fact that few matches have been played so far, but there seems to be higher prospects from Kenya and Ghana who both have 7 and 6 points each from four and three matches respectively.
No team has qualified from Group G also which has Zimbabwe, Liberia, DR Congo and Congo respectively despite all of them playing 5 matches each. All the four teams will have to wait till the final day to know who will scale through to Cameroon.
The qualification berth in Group H has been resolved, with Guinea and Ivory Coast picking the two slots with 11 and 8 points respectively with one match left to be played, while Central African Republic and Rwanda who have 5 and 2 points respectively are eliminated from the tournament.
In Group I, Mauritania qualified for an Africa Cup of Nations finals for the first time in their history on Sunday with a 2-1 win over Botswana in Nouakchott. The victory means they finish top with 12 points from four matches despite losing one of their matches. Angola and Burkina Faso who have 9 and 7 points respectively will fight for the second berth on the last day of the qualifiers, while Botwana who have 1 point and are at the bottom of the table are out of the race.
In Group J, the North Africans (Tunisia and Egypt) have dominated the table with 12 points each and picked the two berths available while Niger and Eswatini who have 4 and 1 points each are eliminated from the process.
In Group K, no team has qualified yet but former AFCON champions Zambia have been eliminated from the showpiece after finishing at the bottom of the table with four points. However, hopes are high for Guinea-Bissau, Namibia and Mozambique who all have 8,8 and 7 points each. A win for any of the three teams left will guarantee a place in the showpiece.
In Group L, Uganda have qualified from the group with 13 points while Lesotho and Tanzania have five points each, Cape Verde have four points. The three teams all have chances of qualifying for the tournament but will have to wait till the final matches of the group.
Based on the qualifications played so far, twelve more teams will be expected to qualify for the tournament on the last match days when the next international break comes up