Mauritania secured a historic maiden qualification for the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) on Sunday, when they beat Botswana 2-1, to guarantee a top two finish in Group I.
The North-West African nation of at least 4 million inhabitants erupted with celebration as Moctar Sidi El Hacen and Ismail Diakite scored to clinch a sensational comeback, having conceded first courtesy of Keeagile Kobe’s strike for Botswana.
Mauritania joins Madagascar, who will also be making their tournament debut at Afcon in Cameroon next year.
Madagascar and Mauritania are among 13 nations that have so far qualified for the tournament, that will feature 24 teams for the first time.
The hosts Cameroon secured automatic qualification.
The other teams that have qualified for Afcon 2019 include Uganda, Egypt, Tunisia, Senegal, Nigeria and Algeria.
Guinea, Ivory Coast, Morocco and Mali have also secured their qualification.
- South Sudan (2) vs Burundi (5)
- Egypt (3) vs Tunisia (2)
- Morocco (2) vs Cameroon (0)
- South Africa (1) vs Nigeria (1)
- Comoros (2) vs Malawi (1)
- Uganda (1) vs Cape Verde (0)
- Gabon (0) vs Mali (1)
- Namibia (0) vs Guinea-Bissau (0)
- Equatorial Guinea (0) vs Senegal (1)
- Gambia (3) vs Benin (1)
- Seychelles (1) vs Libya (8)
- Madagascar (1) vs Sudan (3)
- Congo (1) vs DR Congo (1)
- Mozambique (1) vs Zambia (0)
- Eswatini (1) vs Niger (2)
- Rwanda (2) vs Central African Republic (2)
- Ethiopia (0) vs Ghana (2)
- Togo (1) vs Algeria (4)
- Angola (2) vs Burkina Faso (1)
- Liberia (1) vs Zimbabwe (0)
- Lesotho (1) vs Tanzania (0)
- Mauritania (2) vs Botswana (1)
- Guinea (1) vs Ivory Coast (1)