1998 African Cup of Nations qualification

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This page details the process of the 1998 African Cup of Nations Qualification phase. Burkina Faso, as hosts, and South Africa, as title holders, qualified automatically.

Preliminary round[edit]

11 August 1996
Mauritius  1–0  Seychelles
24 August 1996
Seychelles  1–1  Mauritius

11 August 1996
Congo  0–0  Togo
25 August 1996
Togo  1–0  Congo

11 August 1996
Botswana  0–0  Namibia
25 August 1996
Namibia  6–0  Botswana

8 August 1996
Benin  4–1  Mauritania
30 August 1996
Mauritania  0–0  Benin

11 August 1996
Uganda  1–1  Ethiopia
25 August 1996
Ethiopia  1–1 (4–2 pen.)  Uganda

Note[edit]

The following countries were banned from entering:

  •  Nigeria (for withdrawing from 1996 final tournament)
  •  Gambia (for withdrawing during qualifying stages of 1996 tournament)
  •  Guinea-Bissau (for withdrawing during qualifying stages of 1996 tournament)
  •  Lesotho (for withdrawing during qualifying stages of 1996 tournament)
  •  Madagascar (for withdrawing during qualifying stages of 1996 tournament)
  •  Niger (for withdrawing during qualifying stages of 1996 tournament)

Some other teams did not enter, including:

Qualifying group stage[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Ghana 7 4 2 1 1 4 3 +1
 Angola 6 4 2 0 2 4 4 0
 Zimbabwe 4 4 1 1 2 3 4 −1
 Sudan withdrew

Note:  Sudan withdrew on January 16, 1997, due to unrest in the east of the country. They had already competed one match (0–3 lost to Zimbabwe at home), but this result was later annulled.


6 October 1996
Ghana  2–1  Angola
Aboagye Goal 7'
Kim Grant Goal 30'
Paulão Goal 2'

26 January 1997
Zimbabwe  0–0  Ghana

23 February 1997
Zimbabwe  1–0  Angola
Mugeyi Goal 31' (pen.)

22 June 1997
Angola  1–0  Ghana
Akwá Goal 23'

13 July 1997
Ghana  2–1  Zimbabwe
Pele Goal 22'
O. Kuffour Goal 39'
Muradzi Goal 24'

27 July 1997
Angola  2–1  Zimbabwe
Aurelio Goal 9'
Akwá Goal 70'
Marisa Goal 80'

Group 2[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Ivory Coast 13 6 4 1 1 10 8 +2
 Algeria 10 6 3 1 2 9 5 +4
 Mali 9 6 3 0 3 9 9 0
 Benin 2 6 0 2 4 3 9 −6


6 October 1996
Algeria  4–1  Ivory Coast
Meçabih Goal 7'9'
Saïb Goal 41'89'
Report Tiéhi Goal 71'

6 October 1996
Benin  1–2  Mali
Latoundji Goal 38' Touré Goal 54'
B. Traoré Goal 78'
Cotonou
Attendance: 40,000

26 January 1997
Ivory Coast  1–0  Benin
Guel Goal 12'
Stade Bouaké, Bouaké
Attendance: 20,000

26 January 1997
Mali  1–0  Algeria
Touré Goal 63' Report

23 February 1997
Benin  1–1  Algeria
Latoundji Goal 35' Report Tasfaout Goal 51'

23 February 1997
Mali  1–2  Ivory Coast
M.Sidibé Goal 14' Bakayoko Goal 13'
Tiéhi Goal 22'

22 June 1997
Ivory Coast  2–1  Algeria
Tiéhi Goal 45'
Bassole Goal 87'
Report Dziri Goal 17'

22 June 1997
Mali  3–1  Benin

13 July 1997
Algeria  1–0  Mali
Kherris Goal 18' Report

13 July 1997
Benin  0–0  Ivory Coast

27 July 1997
Algeria  2–0  Benin
Tasfaout Goal 13'
Benzerga Goal 27'
Report

27 July 1997
Ivory Coast  4–2  Mali
Tiéhi Goal 22'26'
Guel Goal 51'
Bakayoko Goal 75'
Coulibaly Goal 47'
M.Sidibé Goal 69'
Stade Bouaké, Bouaké
Attendance: 10,000

Group 3[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Morocco 14 6 4 2 0 10 1 +9
 Egypt 9 6 2 3 1 12 4 +8
 Senegal 8 6 2 2 2 5 6 −1
 Ethiopia 1 6 0 1 5 3 19 −16

4 October 1996
Egypt  1–1  Morocco
H.Hassan Goal 88' Bassir Goal ?'

6 October 1996
Ethiopia  1–2  Senegal
Juhar Goal 3' I. Diandye Goal 17'
A. Keita Goal 36'
Addis Ababa
Attendance: 25,000

25 January 1997
Senegal  0–0  Egypt
Dakar
Attendance: 50,000

22 February 1997
Senegal  0–0  Morocco
Dakar
Attendance: 30,000

23 February 1997
Ethiopia  1–1  Egypt
A. Tesfaye Goal 58' Tarek Goal 71'
Addis Ababa
Attendance: 25,000

31 May 1997
Morocco  4–0  Ethiopia
Chiba Goal 8'
Bahja Goal 18'
Naybet Goal 34'
El Hadrioui Goal 81'
Rabat
Attendance: 30,000

21 June 1997
Morocco  1–0  Egypt
Bassir Goal 71'
Rabat
Attendance: 80,000

22 June 1997
Senegal  3–0  Ethiopia
Saliou Sané Goal 38'53'
O. Traoré Goal 68'
Dakar
Attendance: 28,000

13 July 1997
Egypt  2–0  Senegal
Emam Goal
Khashaba Goal
Cairo
Attendance: 35,000

13 July 1997
Ethiopia  0–1  Morocco
Bassir Goal 21'
Addis Ababa
Attendance: 20,000

27 July 1997
Egypt  8–1  Ethiopia
Khashaba Goal 1'
Hanafy Goal 5'
Emam Goal 19'36'44'
H.Hassan Goal 55'
A.Hassan Goal 62'
El-Sayyad Goal 77'
S. Elias Goal 60'
Alexandria
Attendance: 60,000

27 July 1997
Morocco  3–0  Senegal
Bassir Goal 11'67'
Chiba Goal 40'
Rabat
Attendance: 20,000

Group 4[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Tunisia 6 3 2 0 1 3 1 +2
 Guinea 6 3 2 0 1 2 1 +1
 Sierra Leone (withdrew) 0 2 0 0 2 0 3 -3
 Central African Republic disqualified

Note:  Central African Republic disqualified on January 30, 1997, after the government prevented the squad leaving for the game in  Sierra Leone on January 25. Their results were annulled.
Note:  Sierra Leone withdrew two matches before the end of the tournament. However, their results stood.

6 October 1996
Tunisia  2–0  Sierra Leone
S.Trabelsi Goal 29'
Souayah Goal 69'
Tunis
Attendance: 20,000

26 January 1997
Guinea  1–0  Tunisia
Sow Goal 49' (pen.)
Conakry
Attendance: 50,000

23 February 1997
Guinea  1–0  Sierra Leone
F.Camara Goal 67'
Conakry
Attendance: 25,000

13 July 1997
Tunisia  1–0  Guinea
Jelassi Goal 90'
Tunis
Attendance: 25,000

Group 5[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Cameroon 10 6 2 4 0 8 3 +5
 Namibia 8 6 2 2 2 4 7 −3
 Gabon 7 6 1 4 1 5 5 0
 Kenya 5 6 1 2 3 2 4 −2

6 October 1996
Namibia  1–0  Kenya
F. Oduor Goal (o.g.)
Windhoek
Attendance: 15,000

6 October 1996
Gabon  0–0  Cameroon
Libreville
Attendance: 11,000

25 January 1997
Kenya  1–0  Gabon
Mururi Goal 70'
Nairobi
Attendance: 35,000

26 January 1997
Cameroon  4–0  Namibia
M'Boma Goal 3'85'
Missé-Missé Goal 35'48'
Yaoundé
Attendance: 40,000

22 February 1997
Kenya  0–0  Cameroon
Nairobi
Attendance: 40,000

22 February 1997
Namibia  1–1  Gabon
Van Wyk Goal 86' Aubameyang Goal 19' (pen.)
Windhoek
Attendance: 15,000

21 June 1997
Kenya  0–1  Namibia
Uri Khob Goal 35'
Nairobi
Attendance: 20,000

22 June 1997
Cameroon  2–2  Gabon
Tchoutang Goal 12'
Mangan Goal 33'
Obam Maya Goal 38' (pen.)
Bakogo Goal 87'
Yaoundé
Attendance: 60,000

12 July 1997
Namibia  0–1  Cameroon
Tchango
Windhoek
Attendance: 10,000

13 July 1997
Gabon  1–0  Kenya
Nguema Goal 50'
Libreville
Attendance: 45,000

27 July 1997
Cameroon  1–1  Kenya
Moreau Goal 89' (pen.) Were Goal 49'
Yaoundé
Attendance: 30,000

27 July 1997
Gabon  1–1  Namibia
Aubameyang Goal 22' (pen.) Hindjou Goal 60' (pen.)
Libreville
Attendance: 20,000

Group 6[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Togo 10 6 3 1 2 9 5 +4
 DR Congo 9 6 2 3 1 6 5 +1
 Liberia 8 6 2 2 2 5 8 −3
 Tanzania 5 6 1 2 3 5 7 −2

Note: During the tournament, the country of  Zaire was renamed DR Congo.


5 October 1996
Togo  2–1  Tanzania
Tadjou Salou Goal 17'
Abalo Goal 57'
Samieh Goal 72'
Lomé
Attendance: 20,000

6 October 1996
Zaire  0–0  Liberia
Kinshasa
Attendance: 75,000

26 January 1997
Tanzania  1–2  Zaire
Kizito Goal 79' Mbayo Goal 52'
Kayu Goal 85'
Dar es Salaam
Attendance: 12,000

26 January 1997
Liberia  1–2  Togo
Sogbie Goal 24' Bachirou Salou Goal 26'
Assignon Goal 67'
Accra, Ghana (neutral ground)
Attendance: 10,000

23 February 1997
Tanzania  1–1  Liberia
Dua Saidi Goal 75' Sogbie Goal 27'
Dar es Salaam
Attendance: 10,000

23 February 1997
Togo  1–1  Zaire
Noutsoudje Goal 90' Simba Goal 26'
Lomé
Attendance: 20,000

22 June 1997
Tanzania  1–0  Togo
Amlima Goal 31'
Arusha
Attendance: 10,000

22 June 1997
Liberia  2–1  DR Congo
Sebwe Goal 20'
Weah Goal 66'
Nzalambila Goal 81'
Monrovia
Attendance: 45,000

13 July 1997
Togo  4–0  Liberia
Tadjou Salou Goal 52'
Noutsoudje Goal 86'
Assignon Goal 89'
Bachirou Salou Goal 90'
Lomé
Attendance: 20,000

13 July 1997
DR Congo  1–1  Tanzania
Kinshasa
Attendance: 25,000

27 July 1997
Liberia  1–0  Tanzania
Zizi Roberts Goal 54'
Monrovia
Attendance: 20,000

27 July 1997
DR Congo  1–0  Togo
Kidoda Goal 15'
Kinshasa
Attendance: 60,000

Group 7[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Zambia 14 6 4 2 0 9 3 +6
 Mozambique 10 6 3 1 2 10 7 +3
[[File:{{{flag alias-1964}}}|23x15px|border |alt=|link=]] Malawi 9 6 3 0 3 9 10 −1
 Mauritius 1 6 0 1 5 4 12 −8

6 October 1996
Mauritius  1–2 [[File:{{{flag alias-1964}}}|23x15px|border |alt=|link=]] Malawi
Rateau Goal 75' Bob Mpinganjira Goal 29'
Jonas Goal 90' (o.g.)
Mauritius
Attendance: 7,000

6 October 1996
Zambia  1–0  Mozambique
Malitoli Goal 4'
Lusaka
Attendance: 30,000

25 January 1997
Malawi [[File:{{{flag alias-1964}}}|23x15px|border |alt=|link=]] 0–2  Zambia
Tana Goal 40'
Tembo Goal 83'
Blantyre
Attendance: 40,000

26 January 1997
Mozambique  3–0  Mauritius
Chiquinho Conde Goal 55'
Matsolo Goal 62'
Marcamo Goal 65'
Maputo
Attendance: 30,000

22 February 1997
Malawi [[File:{{{flag alias-1964}}}|23x15px|border |alt=|link=]] 2–0  Mozambique
Maduka Goal 6'
Kamanga Goal 60'
Blantyre
Attendance: 60,000

23 February 1997
Mauritius  0–0  Zambia
Curepipe
Attendance: 5,000

21 June 1997
Malawi [[File:{{{flag alias-1964}}}|23x15px|border |alt=|link=]] 3–2  Mauritius
Maduka Goal 19'81'
Banda Goal 76'
Philogene Goal 87'
Pierre-Louis Goal 89'
Lilongwe
Attendance: 30,000

22 June 1997
Mozambique  2–2  Zambia
Tico-Tico Goal 11'
Chiquinho Conde Goal 62' (pen.)
Kamwandi Goal 15'
Tembo Goal 57'
Maputo
Attendance: 25,000

12 July 1997
Zambia  3–1 [[File:{{{flag alias-1964}}}|23x15px|border |alt=|link=]] Malawi
Chilombo Goal 30' (pen.)
Kamwandi Goal 55'
Mwila Goal 75'
Banda Goal 89'
Lusaka
Attendance: 35,000

13 July 1997
Mauritius  1–3  Mozambique
Appou Goal 65' Chiquinho Conde Goal 6'
Nuro Tualibudine Goal 33'
Tico-Tico Goal 89'
Port Louis
Attendance: 2,000

27 July 1997
Mozambique  2–1 [[File:{{{flag alias-1964}}}|23x15px|border |alt=|link=]] Malawi
Pinto Barros Goal 85'
Tico-Tico Goal 88'
Nkhwazi Goal 62'
Maputo
Attendance: 35,000

27 July 1997
Zambia  1–0  Mauritius
Mutale Goal 57'
Chililabombwe
Attendance: 20,000

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