Cameroon join list of Nations Cup qualifiers, as Liberia play host to Togo on Sunday

FLASHBACK: Line Up Of The Liberian National Team
FLASHBACK: Line Up Of The Liberian National Team

(Reuters) – Cameroon became the third team to book a ticket to next year’s African Nations Cup finals after a 1-0 victory in Mauritania on Friday ensured top spot in Group M.

The win, however, was marred when coach Hugo Broos was struck by an object thrown from the crowd.

Midfielder Edgar Salli fired home a volley from outside the area in the 31st minute as the Indomitable Lions qualified for the 18th time, joining Morocco and Algeria in the finals.

Mauritania had Moustapha Diaw sent off with 19 minutes to go in their penultimate match in the group.

Munir Masoud scored a stoppage-time equaliser for Libya as they ended Morocco’s 100 percent run in Group F with a 1-1 draw in Tunis.

Libya, banned from playing at home because of the anarchy and conflict that has plagued the country since 2011, were a goal down in the first half at the Rades Stadium after Nabil Dirar netted with a powerful volley from close range.

In Friday’s other tie, Tunisia won 3-0 in Djibouti to take over at the top of Group A from Liberia who host Togo on Sunday.

Tunisia now has 10 points, to nine for Liberia, after Naim Sliti paved the way for victory with a debut goal.

Hamdi Harbaoui marked his return after three years away from the international scene with the second goal and the third came in the 59th minute by Taha Yassine Khenissi.

Qualifiers continue on Saturday and Sunday with more countries expected to secure their tickets to the finals.

In a related development, French-born Jonathan Ayité has been ruled out of Togo’s crucial Gabon 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier with Liberia at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia through injury concerns.

Jonathan sustained injury while playing for his club Alanyaspor against Adana Demirspor in Turkey and will not make the trip to Monrovia, the Togolese Football Federation has confirmed. His compatriot Joseph Douhadji of Rvers FC of Nigeria will be also absent. They have both been replaced by Ihlas barge of the German League-two club Fortuna Düsseldorf and Vincent Bossou of Young Africans of Tanzania.

Both Mathieu Dossévi, Togo hero against Zambia and Floyd Ayité of Ligue1 club Bastia have little chance of playing the June 5 match, Togo-Liberia for health reasons. Togo Captain Emmanuel Adebayo was also touched during Tuesday morning practice session.

Jonathan Ayité who turns 30 on July 10 scored Togo second goal against the ‘Residents of the Red Sea’ of Djibouti at the El Hadj Hassan Gouled Stadium in Djibouti City on September 4, 2015.

The Sparrow Hawks of Togo need to avoid defeat in Monrovia on June 5 leading to their last group match against point donor Djibouti in Lome in September, later this year.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.