Cape Verde send Cameroon crashing
Cameroon have failed to qualify for the African Nations Cup for the second successive time after Cape Verde won their play-off tie on Sunday.
Cape Verde held a 2-0 lead going into the second leg in Yaounde and took a huge stride towards the finals in South Africa, which begin in January, when Heldon Nhuck scored in the 12th minute to provide a vital away goal.
That left Cameroon needing to find four goals without reply, and while Achille Emana levelled the game on the night in the 22nd minute the Indomitable Lions had to wait until four minutes into stoppage time for Mohammadou Idrissou to score a second.
Four-times ANC champions Cameroon won the match 2-1, but Cape Verde were victorious 3-2 on aggregate and will compete at the African Nations Cup finals for the first time in their history.
Six years ago Cameroon were ranked by FIFA as the 11th best nation in world football, today they have slumped to their lowest-ever ranking of 71st. Cape Verde had already climbed to an all-time high of 51st even before reaching South Africa 2013.
Burkina Faso qualified thanks to a dramatic 96th minute goal from Alain Traore, earning a 3-1 win on the night, and 3-2 on aggregate, over Central African Republic.
David Manga put Central African Republic in front after seven minutes in Ouagadougou, and although Traore and a Moumouni Dagano penalty brought the tie level it was Manga's away goal which seemed set to prove the difference.
But Traore had other ideas as he scored deep into stoppage time to deny the Wild Beasts, ranked 49th in the world, their first appearance at the African Nations Cup.
Emmanuel Adebayor scored to help ensure Togo will be at the finals for the first time in seven years after 3-2 aggregate win over Gabon.
Togo, who withdrew from the 2010 finals after their team coach was attacked by gunmen, drew the away leg 1-1 last month in which Adebayor also scored.
Dove Wome and Adebayor put Togo in control with a goal in each half but they faced a nervous last ten minutes when Daniel Cousin pulled a goal back. Togo held out to make it to South Africa.
Two goals in the first seven minutes from former Manchester United striker Manucho proved enough to put Angola though on the away goals rule against Zimbabwe. The score was 3-3 on aggregate, meaning Djalma Campos' goal in Harare last month decided the tie.
Any hopes Libya had of recovering from a 1-0 home loss at the hands of Algeria soon evaporated in Blida. El Arbi Hillel Soudani put Algeria in front on six minutes and moments later Islam Slimani doubled the lead. That put Algeria 3-0 up on aggregate and it was the end of the scoring.
An 85th minute goal from Issoufou Boubacar Garba earned Niger a 2-1 aggregate success over Guinea. Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, Chikoto Mohamed levelled matters for the Mena in the 74th minute before the late goal completed the turnaround.
It means Niger will be at their second successive finals having never qualified prior to 2012, and are the lowest ranked qualifiers at 137.
Ethiopia had to rely on the away goals rule to oust Sudan. After two late goals gave Sudan a 5-3 edge last month, Ethiopia had to wait for two second half goals in the space of three minutes from Adane Girma and Saladin Said to level the tie at 5-5, and they held on in Addis Ababa.
Democratic Republic of Congo completed the formalities of their tie against Equatorial Guinea. After winning the first leg 4-0, they lost 2-1 in Malabo but still advance 5-2 on aggregate. Javier Balboa and Ben Konaté gave the home side hope but as soon as Trésor Mputu pulled one back, claiming an away goal, the tie was effectively over.
DR Congo were last at the finals in 2006.
On Saturday, Ghana, Ivory Coast (TBC), Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Tunisia and Zambia qualified for South Africa 2013.