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Cameroon through to the last 16; Algeria eliminated

Story by Anashe Murombedzi, Sports Reporter

FIVE-TIME champions Cameroon staged a late comeback to edge Gambia three-two and book a place in the round of 16 at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Christopher Wooh’s stoppage-time winner gave the Indomitable an edge in the five-goal thriller to progress to the next round.

Karl Toko Ekambi put Cameroon ahead in the 56th minute before Ablie Jallow tied the match after 72 minutes.

Ebrima Colley’s goal with five minutes to go saw Gambia closing in on qualification but they conceded an own goal shortly after scoring before Christopher Wooh sent Cameron to the last 16 with a stoppage time match winner.

Senegal who had already qualified for the round of 16 before kick-off edged Guinea two-nil to maintain their one hundred percent record.

Two-time champions Algeria were eliminated after a shock one-nil defeat by Mauritania who had never won a match at AFCON in their two previous attempts.

The victory was, however, not enough to send them to the next round as Angola and Burkina Faso secured the two slots in Group D.

The focus is on group Group E this evening as Namibia faces Mali at 7 pm, while South Africa takes on Tunisia.

The winner between Mali and Namibia will progress to the next round.

A draw will also send Mali to the next round, but a draw for Namibia will see them relying on other results.

Group E is wide open as all teams need four points to at least finish as best third-placed nations.

South Africa can progress with a draw if other results go their way but Tunisia needs an outright win to progress.

The last round of matches in Group F kicks off at 10 pm as Morocco lock horns with Zambia while Tanzania will be up against DRC.

Morocco on four points needs just a draw, while their opponents need an outright victory to go through.

In the other match, the winner between DRC and Tanzania will earn a place in the last 16 should South Africa fail to beat Morocco.

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