AFCON2023: Equatorial Guinea Books AFCON Ticket, Stun Tunisia

Equatorial Guinea has secured their place in the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations, Cote d’Ivoire 2023, with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Tunisia on Saturday.

It was a disheartening evening for the African powerhouses as both Morocco and Tunisia succumbed to defeat, leaving South Africa and Equatorial Guinea celebrating their triumphs.

Equatorial Guinea entered Saturday’s match requiring just a single point to secure their qualification for the AFCON, joining Tunisia, who had already secured their place in the prestigious tournament.

The first half of the Group J game provided few scoring opportunities for both teams.

As the second half kicked off, spectators at the Malabo stadium witnessed a scrappy affair with only a handful of set pieces injecting some life into the proceedings.

One such moment came when Miranda’s strike for the Nzalang Nacional took a deflection, causing a brief surge of excitement.

In the 81st minute, Miranda was fouled by Kechrida, resulting in a penalty with Equatorial Guinean captain, Emilio Nsue stepping up and calmly converting the spot-kick.

The win marks the Central Africans revenge following their 4-0 defeat in the first leg against Tunisia.

Meanwhile, in the other Group J game played on Saturday (Today), Botswana defeated Libya 1-0 Francistown Stadium to give the home side their first win of the qualifying campaign.

Gape Mohutsiwa scored the only goal of the match on the stroke of half-time to help the Zebras fans jubilate their first victory of the qualifying group.

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