Guinea-Bissau’s Zinho Gano’s 55th-minute goal in the 1-0 win over Sao Tome moved them ahead of Nigeria in Group A in the race to Côte d’Ivoire on Wednesday at the Estádio 24 de Setembro in Bissau.

The victory in Bissau means the Djurtus move to the top of Group A with 10 points, one ahead of second-placed Nigeria, who play Sierra Leone in the group’s other match.

Sierra Leone with an uphill task but can still qualify if they secure maximum points in their remaining games, starting with Nigeria on Sunday at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex.

In 2017, Guinea-Bissau qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time. They also made the AFCON in 2019 and 2021.

The Guinea-Bissau side will play Sierra Leone in their final group match.

In Wednesday’s late kickoff, Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Ahmed scored as Egypt qualified for the 2023 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Guinea in Marrakesh on Wednesday.

Serhou Guirassy put the visitors ahead in the 26th minute, but Trezeguet equalized for Egypt just before the break before Mostafa Mohamed scored the winner 11 minutes to full time.

As a result, Egypt moved to 12 points after five rounds of matches and has an unassailable lead of nine points to the third-placed team with one round of qualification matches left to play.

Guinea remains second on course with nine points and will only need a draw in the final qualification match in September to earn a ticket to the final tournament.

Elsewhere, The Gambia defeated South Sudan 3-2 as they secured nine points from five matches in the qualifiers in Group G.

Substitute Hamza Barry’s last-gasp goal was enough as Gambia beat South Sudan in a five-goal thriller in Suez to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the 2023 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations.

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Nigeria topped Group A of the qualifiers with nine points after four games, followed by Guinea-Bissau with seven points, while Sierra Leone sit third with five points after the same number of games.

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