There were shocks for both Newcastle players Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse in their African Cup of Nations qualifiers last night, as both the Ivory Coast and Senegal were beaten, and Tiote and Cisse both started for their countries.
Cheick Tiote – 49 caps for Ivory Coast
Tunisia drew 0-0 in Senegal on Friday night, and last night they beat Senegal with a stoppage time goal from Ferjani Sassi to go top of Group G with 10 points from four games, with Senegal now in second place with 7 points.
The first two in each of the seven groups qualifies, plus the best third place finisher, along with host country Morocco.
Egypt are now in 3rd place in Group G after beating Botswna 2-0 last night, so the Egypt vs Senegal game on November 15th could be crucial, and if Senegal lose that game there’s a chance they will not qualify for the finals.
Senegal’s final game in qualifying is against Botswana at home, and Botswana have lost all the games in their group so far.
And after the Ivory Coast won last Saturday night in the DR Congo, they lost to the same side at home 4-3 last night in Abidjan, and now drop to third top of Group D.
Ivory Coast were 3-1 down at half time, before two second half goals from former Chelsea star Salomon Kalou brought them level after 72 minutes, but a late goal from Bokila with just two minutes to play gave DR Congo a famous win.
Ivory Coast have only 6 points from their four games played, and are third behind Cameroon with 10 points DR Congo with 6 points, and DR Congo have a better goal difference.
There’s now a possibility that both Senegal and Ivory Coast may not qualify for the finals in January and February, although that is still only a slight chance.
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