Tunisia finished their qualification campaign for next year’s Total Africa Cup of Nations unbeaten after their 2-1 victory over Equatorial Guinea at home on Sunday.
The Carthage Eagles have won five matches and drawn one of their six qualifying games.
Heading into the final round of matches, both teams had already qualified and were under no pressure.
Tunisia got into the lead early, Saifeddine Jaziri breaking the deadlock with a good finish off Ferjani Sassi’s pass. The home side extended their lead seven minutes into the second half when Equatorial Guinea defender Carlos Akapo turned the ball into his own net.
Nzalang Nacional scored a consolation with two minutes of normal time left when Firas Chaouat scored into his own net.
Meanwhile in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania who lost to the Equatoguineans on Thursday to crash their Cameroon dreams kept their first clean sheet of the qualifiers after beating Libya by a solitary goal to ensure they finished third while the North Africans remained bottom.
Simon Msuva scored the lone goal for the Taifa Stars at the stroke of half time.
In the second half Libya came back stronger and had several scoring chances.
Ibrahem Bodabous had a good chance with a header unmarked at the backpost just after the restart when Rabiaa Abubaker floated a decent cross from the right, but he couldn’t put the effort on target. In the 52nd minute Mohamed Soulah drifted in from the right but his shot was well saved by Manula.
On the other end, Mbwana Samatta had a good chance for the Tanzanians when a cross from Shomari Kapombe found him inside the box, but his attempt at a volley ended in a wide shot.
The Libyans continued to press for an equalizer and had other chances. Substitute Mouad Eisay had a go at goal with a shot from distance but Manula smothered it behind for a corner. Late on in the game, Erasto Nyoni did well to clear the ball off the line after Salah Aldeen Fakroun’s cross from the left was almost turned into an own goal by Bakari Mwamnyeto.
Elsewhere in Namibia, Guinea suffered their first defeat of the qualifiers after losing 2-1 to the hosts.
The Syli Nationale had already qualified from group A alongside Mali, but were looking to finish top of the group for pride. However, Namibia ensured they finished the group round with victory at home coming from behind to firm up their third spot with a brace from on form Mamelodi Sundowns man Peter Shalulile.
The visitors broke the deadlock in the 17th minute through Mamadou Kane, but Namibia drew back level with Shalulile scoring at the stroke of halftime.
The home side had a chance to make it 2-1 just after the restart, but Manfred Starke’s attempt with a bicycle kick off a cross from the left was awry.
Guinea also had a chance in the 62nd minute when Mohamed Bangoura floated in a cross from the left, but Moustapha Kouyate placed his header over the bar.
Namibia got the winner in the 77th minute when Shalulile finished well inside the box after picking the ball off a corner just inside the six yard box.