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Nigeria, South Africa crash out

Last Updated : 09 October 2011, 15:32 IST
Last Updated : 09 October 2011, 15:32 IST

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War-torn Libya also qualified as one of the two best runners-up but Nigeria missed out on the finals after Guinea scored a 95th-minute equaliser to draw 2-2 in Abuja.

South Africa also failed to qualify after being held to a goalless home draw by Sierra Leone.  Libya's triumph came after a 0-0 draw with Zambia in Chingola and caps a campaign that saw them forced to play five of their six group matches away and yet still finish unbeaten.
South Africa's failure to beat Sierra Leone left them level on points with their opponents and Niger.

Niger, who lost 3-0 in Egypt, finished top of a mini league table of head-to-head results between the three countries to qualify for the finals for the first time. South Africa embarrassingly celebrated what they assumed was qualification at the end of their match in Nelspruit, having been unclear about the rules.

South Africa's fans danced in the streets as the state-run broadcaster also thought their team had qualified.  Their football association president, Kirsten Nematandani, went on television to erroneously congratulate his players.

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Published 09 October 2011, 15:32 IST

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