2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification preliminary round

The preliminary round of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification tournament decided 4 teams which advanced to the group stage of the qualification tournament. The preliminary round consisted of 8 teams: Liberia, Mauritius, Gambia, South Sudan, Chad, São Tomé and Príncipe, Seychelles, and Djibouti.[1]

The 8 teams were drawn into 4 ties and played in home-and-away two-legged format. The 4 winners advanced to the group stage to join the 44 teams which entered directly.

The first legs were played on 9 October, and the second legs were played on 13 October 2019.[2]

Matches

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Liberia  1–1 (4–5 p)  Chad 1–0 0–1
South Sudan  3–1  Seychelles 2–1 1–0
Mauritius  2–5  São Tomé and Príncipe 1–3 1–2
Djibouti  2–2 (2–3 p)  Gambia 1–1 1–1
Liberia 1–0 Chad
Referee: Gilberto Antonio dos Santos (Guinea-Bissau)
Chad 1–0 Liberia
Penalties
5–4

1–1 on aggregate. Chad won 5–4 on penalties and advances to qualification Group A.


South Sudan 2–1 Seychelles
  • Thok  20'
  • Kuch  44'
  • Hoareau  12'
Referee: Emmanuel Mwandembwa (Tanzania)
Seychelles 0–1 South Sudan
  • Kuch  72'
Referee: Mohamed Athoumani (Comoros)

South Sudan won 3–1 on aggregate and advances to qualification Group B.


Mauritius 1–3 São Tomé and Príncipe
Referee: Ibrahim Tsimanohitsy (Madagascar)
São Tomé and Príncipe 2–1 Mauritius
  • Nazira  45' (pen.)

São Tomé and Príncipe won 5–2 on aggregate and advances to qualification Group C.


Djibouti 1–1 Gambia
Gambia 1–1 Djibouti
Penalties
3–2
Referee: Mahamadou Keita (Mali)

2–2 on aggregate. Gambia won 3–2 on penalties and advances to qualification Group D.

Goalscorers

There were 17 goals scored in 8 matches, for an average of 2.12 goals per match.

3 goals

2 goals

  • Joseph Kuch

1 goal

1 own goal

Notes

  1. South Sudan played their home match this round in Sudan due to their national stadium currently undergoing renovations.

References

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