AFCON 2021 : Liberia out as preliminary round concludes

AFCON 2021 : Liberia out as preliminary round concludes

The preliminary round of AFCON 2021 qualifiers was completed over the weekend, which saw the progress of four teams to the group stage while four others bade bye to the finals set for Cameroon.

Following a 1-0 loss to Chad in the first leg, Liberia overturned the deficit in the return leg but were beaten 5-4 in the penalty shootout.

The Gambia and Djibouti settled for a perfect 2-2 aggregate draw , paving the way for a penalty exercise which the Scorpions won 3-2.

South Sudan defeated Seychelles 2-1 in both legs while Sao Tome and Principe overcame Mauritius 3-1 on aggregate to keep alive their hope of reaching the AFCON for the first time.

Chad complete Group A which already contains Mali, Guinea and Namibia while South Sudan will lock horns with 2013 finalists Burkina Faso, Uganda and Malawi in Group B.

Sao Tome fall into Group C alongside giants Ghana, South Africa and Sudan while Gambia will face DR Congo, Gabon and Angola in Group D.

The first and second match days of the group stage will hold next month.

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