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Riyad Mahrez netted as Algeria qualified for the 2019 African Cup; Mauritania book girl place in the tournament

Johannesburg: Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez scored twice as Algeria beat Togo 4-1 at Lome on Sunday to qualify for the 2019 African Cup final in Cameroon.

Mauritania, for the first time, Guinea and Ivory Coast then raised up to 13 qualifications for the biennial tournament.

Riyad Mahrez is a symptom of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's time at Leicester, now one of the Premier League's most attractive players after being coached from the French second division. Reuters

Image of Riyad Mahrez file. Reuters

Cameroon, Egypt, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia and Uganda have booked before Sunday.

That leaves 11 places up for grabs during the upcoming March 6 match with former champions Congo Brazzaville, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana and South Africa among competitors.

Mahrez, the African Footballer of the Year, netted one side of a Youcef Attal goal to give the Desert Fox three goals in 30 minutes.

Kodjo Fo-Doh Profit pulled one goal for Togo in the second half before Baghdad Bounedjah finished the score in stoppage time.

Algeria has 10 points from five matches in Group D, Benin seven and Togo and Gambia five each.

Ismael Diakite's goal six minutes from the time Mauritania won 2-1 over Botswana in Nouakchott and qualification from Group I.

Guinea and Ivory Coast drew 1-1 in the top Group H match at Conakry with Mohamed Yattara's early goal for the home side canceled by Jean-Michael Seri.

Burkina Faso, Tanzania, DR Congo and Zimbabwe squandered opportunities on Sunday to secure a place in the newly expanded 24-team tournament, which will begin on June 15.

Mateus bagged two goals for Angola in Group 2-1. I won against Burkina Faso in Luanda while Tanzania lost 1-0 in Lesotho, where Nkau Lerotholi nodded at the Group L winner in the 76th minute.

William Jebor scored in the second half as Liberia angered leaders Group G Zimbabwe 1-0 at Paynesville while Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo drew 1-1 in the same mini league.

The police fired tear gas

The Congolese derby was suspended by heavy rains and police fired tear gas before kick-off to disperse supporters who were looking for an entrance to the already crowded Brazzaville stadium.

Zimbabwe has eight points, Liberia seven, Congo six and Congo five and four countries can be among the top two and qualify.

The former Zambia champions were eliminated after losing 1-0 to Mozambique in Group K in Maputo.

Albania-based Reginaldo Faife maintained Mozambique's hopes of reaching Cameroon by scoring the only goal after 63 minutes.

Guinea-Bissau and Namibia each got eight points after a 0-0 draw in Windhoek on Saturday, Mozambique seven and Zambia four.

Zambia were the surprise winners of the 2012 European Cup in Libreville, beating Ivory Coast on penalties after a goalless final.

The defeat was a big blow for the Belgian-born Zambia coach, Sven Vandenbroeck, who was hired when local Wedson Nyirenda resigned after the opening round to join the South African club.

Vandenbroeck has won one match, drawn one and lost twice at the Nations Cup since his first appointment to the post of national head coach.

He helped his compatriot and Cameroon coach Hugo Broos when the Central African country surprisingly won the 2017 European Cup in Gabon.

Ghana beat Ethiopia 2-0 in Group F in Addis Ababa given Jordan Ayew scored twice during the first half.

Sudan ended four successive defeats in Group A with a shock 3-1 win over Madagascar in Antananarivo.

The final goal saved the Group H 2-2 draw for the Central African Republic in Rwanda while Niger came from behind to win 2-1 at Swaziland in Group J.

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