It was a weekend of upset and shock in the final qualification round of the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) with WAFU Cup champions Senegal and beaten finalist Ghana were eliminated.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles had earlier on Saturday failed to qualify after a 3-4 aggregate loss (although they won 2-0 on the day) to Togo but two other West African giants soon joined them on Sunday.
Despite having a 1-0 first leg advantage, Senegal were eliminated by Guinea who won the second leg by the same margin in Conakry before losing out on penalties 3-1, making it a fourth consecutive time the Teranga Lions have failed to qualify for the tournament.
For the Black Stars of Ghana coached by Maxwell Konadu, they were made to rue a 0-1 home loss to Burkina Faso in the first leg in Kumasi as their 0-0 draw in Ouagadougou on Sunday knocked them out for the third edition in a row.
Other big casualties on Sunday also include Coted’voire who lost 1-2 on aggregate to lowly Niger while Tanzania also shocked Sudan, winning 2-1 in Khartoum to advance on away goals.
The competition will be hosted by Cameroon as from January next year.