The Ivory Coast and Morocco added their names to the list of qualifiers for the next Africa Cup of Nations after they booked a place in the 24-team field on Friday.

The Ivorians won 3-0 away in Niger with captain Serge Aurier playing a central role with an early goal and two assists in the win. It secured a top two finish for the Ivorians in Group K. A goalless draw away in neighbouring Mauritania meant Morocco finished top of Group E.

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Congo kept up second place in Group I when it held already-qualified Senegal to a goalless draw in Brazzaville. Congo is two points above third paced Guinea Bissau, which had condemned Eswatini to bottom place in the group when it won 3-1 in Manzini earlier on Friday. It means Guinea Bissau must beat Congo at home in its last qualifier on Tuesday to take a place in the finals.

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