Bafana to meet Zim in Chan qualifier


The President's Team, as the locally-based Bafana Bafana team is known, drew a bye in the first round after their opponents Mauritius withdrew from the tournament.

The Warriors beat host Namibia 1-0 at the weekend.Sudan, Cameroon, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania, Angola and Morocco have also all qualified for the final round of qualifiers.

Sudan will face Tanzania in the final round of qualifiers for the Central East Zone.

The Sudanese advanced with a 5-1 aggregate win over Rwanda after they 1-1 draw on Saturday.

Hosts Rwanda took the lead after just one minute thanks to an own goal from Jean Claude Nbori before Sudan equalised through Elias Ntanganda in the 34th minute.

Tanzania were also held to a 1-1 draw in Kampala by Uganda but the visitors won 3-1 on aggregate.

Geoffrey Serunkuuma gave Uganda some hope when he headed home in the 8th minute but Athuman Iddy hit back for Tanzania on the stroke of half time.

In Claude LeRoy's last game in charge of Ghana they reached the final round for the West B Zone with a 4-2 aggregate win over Togo after the two sides battled out a 2-2 draw in Accra on Saturday.

The game was Togos home leg, which they chose to play in Ghana because of a ban by Fifa on games in Lome after violence at an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier last year.

Ghana opened the scoring on 18 minutes through John Boye before an equaliser from Alonouvo Backer two minutes before half time.

Eric Bekoe restored the lead for Ghana in the 51st minute and then Backer grabbed his second of the game with seven minutes remaining to make the final score 2-2.

Morocco eventually edged out Algeria 3-1 on penalties to book their place in the final of the North Zone.

The two sides drew 1-1 on Saturday to make the score 2-2 on aggregate to force the shoot out.

Mohamed Madihi gave Morocco the lead on 29 minutes and then with just eight minutes remaining Algeria got an equaliser through Nassim Dahouch.

In the Central Zone Cameroon won 2-0 in Gabon to complete a 3-2 victory.

Zambia is also through to the final round in the South Zone they beat Botswana 3-0 in Lusaka on Saturday to complete 3-1 aggregate victory.

Angola beat Mozambique 1-0 in their second leg qualifier yesterday.

Striker Love Kabungula scored the only goal of the match at extra-time after a cross from defender Yamba Asha.

Mozambique’s Maurício failed level matters in the 44th minute when he failed to slot in a penalty after a handball by an Angolan defender.

The teams were level 1-1 after the first leg played in Beira. Libya also drew a bye in the first round after their opponents, Egypt, withdrew.

Chan is the tournament for locally-based players only and the seven winners from the regional qualifiers will advance to the final in the Ivory Coast in 2009.

Outstanding results from yesterday’s other matches are (with first round scores in brackets)Mali v Senegal (0-0) Guinea v Mauritania (2-2) Burkina Faso v Nigeria (0-2) Congo v RD Congo (0-3) Angola v Mozambique (1-1)