Dec 18, 2017 Last Updated 2:47 PM, Dec 18, 2017
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Egypt, who had already qualified for the World Cup, drew in Ghana in the last game of Group E in Cape Coast on Sunday.

Ghana, who had played at the past three World Cup finals, finished a disappointing third in the standings behind Egypt and Uganda.

Egypt's Mahmoud Abdelrazek - also known as Shikabala - opened the scoring with a left-footed strike in the 62nd minute, to mark his long awaited return to the Pharaohs squad and lay down a marker for the finals.

But the Black Stars' Netherlands-born striker Edwin Gyasi equalised just two minutes later with a deflected effort from outside the area.

It was a first international goal and only a second cap for the 26-year-old Gyasi, who plays his club football in Norway.

Egypt secured qualification for next year's tournament in Russia when they beat Congo in Alexandria last month.

It will be their first World Cup since the 1990 finals in Italy.

Earlier in Brazzaville, Uganda secured second place in the group with a 1-1 draw against Congo.

Marvin Baudry put the hosts ahead after 10 minutes, but the Cranes hit back just one minute later through Milton Karisa to earn a point.

That draw left them four points behind Egypt in the final Group E standings.

Both Mali and Ghana booked their place in the Round of 16 at the Fifa Under-17 World Cup on Thursday.

The Malians beat New Zealand 3-1 in New Delhi to finish second in Group B behind Paraguay, who beat Turkey 3-1 in Mumbai to maintain their 100% record.

Ghana, meanwhile, knocked out India with a 4-0 victory over the hosts, also in New Delhi.

Mali - runners-up at the 2015 finals in Chile - next play on Tuesday, while Ghana are next in action on Wednesday.

The Eaglets took the lead through a fine strike from Salam Jiddou after 18 minutes, with Djemoussa Traore doubling the lead five minutes after half-time.

New Zealand pulled a goal back after 72 minutes but a nervy finish was allayed as Lassana N'Diaye scored Mali's third, and his third of the tournament.

Mali, who lost their opening game 3-2 to Paraguay before bouncing back with a 3-0 win over Turkey, will meet the team finishing second in Group F on Tuesday in Goa.

Later in New Delhi, Ghana leapt from third in Group A to finish top after knocking out hosts India with a 4-0 win.

The Black Starlets joined Colombia and the United States in finishing on six points but ended top because of a superior goal difference, with the South Americans taking second spot.

Captain Eric Ayiah scored twice, once in each half, before Richard Danso and Emmanuel Toku added goals in the 86th and 87th minutes respectively.

The two-time winners will meet one of the best third-placed teams in Mumbai next week.

 

South Africa may appeal against Fifa's decision to order a replay of the World Cup qualifier against Senegal because of "match manipulation" by the referee.

South Africa beat Senegal 2-1 at home last November but match referee Joseph Lamptey has since been banned for life.

Neither South Africa nor Senegal are accused of any wrongdoing.

"We're grappling for answers and asking Fifa for them before we decide whether to take the matter forward," said South African FA lawyer Norman Arendse.

Arendse, who chairs the legal committee of the South African Football Association (Safa), says his organisation has never been advised by football's world governing body how the match was fixed.

"Safa cannot accept (the game was manipulated) because we have got absolutely no details of the alleged manipulation, what the nature of it was and what it all involved," he told BBC World Service's Newsday programme.

"Is (the referee) just a corrupt individual? Was he bribed by a third party outside of the match to influence the outcome? We just don't know.

"That is the most unpalatable thing for us - to accept an outcome to which we should have been party. We've never ever been called upon to put our side of the story in relation to the game."

Burkina Faso pulled off a shock 2-1 win over Ghana on Sunday to qualify for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Kenya, the tournament for home-based footballers.

Elsewhere on Sunday, Namibia overturned a first-leg deficit against Comoros to progress.

On a weekend of shocks, the holders Democratic Republic of Congo were eliminated on the away goals-ruling by neighbours Congo Brazzaville, as Mali, Algeria, Egypt and South Africa also suffered exits.

African Nations Championship qualifiers - first leg scores in brackets

Aggregate winners qualify for finals in Kenya from 11 January to 2 February

Friday:

Ivory Coast 1-0 Niger(Ivory Coast win on away goals after tie ends 2-2)

Libya 1-1 Algeria(Libya win 3-2 on aggregate)

Mali 0-1 Mauritania (Mauritania win 3-2 on aggregate)

Morocco 3-1 Egypt (Morocco win 4-2 on aggregate)

Sudan 1-0 Ethiopia (Sudan win 2-1 on aggregate)

Saturday:

Nigeria 2-0 Benin (Nigeria win 2-1 on aggregate)

Zambia 2-0 South Africa (Zambia win 4-2 on aggregate)

Sunday:

Rwanda 2-0 Uganda (Uganda win 3-2 on aggregate)

Namibia 2-0 Comoros(Namibia win 3-2 on aggregate)

DR Congo (holders) 1-1 Congo (Congowin on away goals)

Ghana 1-2 Burkina Faso(Burkina Faso win 4-3 on aggregate)

Cameroon 2-0 Sao Tome e Principe (Cameroon win 4-0 on aggregate)

Tuesday:

Angola 1-0 Madagascar (0-0) (Angolawin 1-0 on aggregate)

Guinea v Senegal (1-3)

Ghana, who drew the first leg 2-2, failed to make the most of home advantage in Kumasi, suffering defeat to Burkina Faso in front of their own fans.

The hosts were rocked by Burkinabe goals from Mohammed Sylla and Herman Nikiema inside 30 minutes at the Baba Yaro Stadium.

Felix Addo pulled one goal back for Ghana just before the hour, but could not find the second goal they desperately needed to force a penalty shootout.

Burkina Faso qualified 4-3 on aggregate and will join 15 other countries at the biennial tournament, which Kenya will host from January 12 to February 4.

Also on Sunday, Namibia secured a place for the first time after a second-half brace from Muna Katupose earned a 2-0 victory over Comoros in Windhoek.

The substitute struck after 54 and 80 minutes as the Namibians overturned a 2-1 first leg loss.

2018 hosts Kenya and Equatorial Guinea, who qualified after Gabon withdrew, will also be making maiden Nations Championship finals appearances.

Former Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng is once again without a club after ending his contract with Spanish club Las Palmas by mutual consent.

Las Palmas cited "irreversible personal reasons" for the decision.

The 30-year-old had a contract with the La Liga side until 2020 after signing for them a year ago following a six-month absence from the sport after leaving Italy's AC Milan.

He scored 10 goals in 28 appearances at Las Palmas including one on his debut. 

Boateng has previously played for Hertha Berlin, Tottenham Hotspur, Borussia Dortmund, Portsmouth, Milan, twice, and Schalke.

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