1996 African Cup of Nations qualification

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The Qualification for the 1996 African Cup of Nations took place in 7 groups of 6 teams each, with the top 2 teams from each group progressing to the tournament. Nigeria and South Africa qualified automatically, as champions and hosts respectively. Qualification began in September 1994 and ended in July 1995.

Qualifying round[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Lesotho withdrew after competing 6 matches (1 win, 5 losses); Their results were annulled. Swaziland withdrew without playing any matches.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Zaire 6 3 1 2 10 5 +5 7
 Cameroon 6 3 1 2 7 7 0 7
 Malawi 6 1 3 2 6 7 -1 5
 Zimbabwe 6 2 1 3 8 12 -4 5
 Lesotho (withrew) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Swaziland (withrew) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Zaire  1 – 1 Malawi 
Essende Goal 80' Maduka Goal 85'
Referee: Pierre Alain Mounguengui (Gabon)
Zimbabwe  5 – 0
Annulled
Lesotho 
Nagoli Goal 10'
Shonhai Goal 15'
A. Ndlovu Goal 51'
Takawira Goal 83'89'

Malawi  3 – 1  Zimbabwe
Banda Goal 62'
Maduka Goal 83'
Mpinganjira Goal 89'
Sawu Goal 35'
Attendance: 8,000
Cameroon  1 – 0  Zaire
Mouyémé Goal 2'
Attendance: 20,000

Zimbabwe  2 – 1  Zaire
A.Ndlovu Goal 52'
P.Ndlovu Goal 89' (pen.)
Essende Goal 66'
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Christian Chikuka (Zambia)
Lesotho  2 – 0
Annulled
 Cameroon
Lekoane Goal 48'
Lekhotla Goal 73'
Attendance: 15,000

Cameroon  0 – 0  Malawi
Zaire  3 – 0
Annulled
 Lesotho
Lukaku Goal 1' (pen.)
Mukanya Goal 37'
Mbiyavanga Goal 82'

Zimbabwe  4 – 1  Cameroon
Takawira Goal 12'50'88'
Gundani Goal 47'
Agbo Goal 83'
Attendance: 25,000
Lesotho  0 – 2
Annulled
 Malawi
Chatunya Goal 62'
Banda Goal 64'
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Roger Raharison (Madagascar)

Malawi  0 – 1  Zaire
Essende Goal 11'
Attendance: 20,000
Lesotho  0 – 2
Annulled
 Zimbabwe
Sawu Goal 14'
Rinyano Goal 16'
Attendance: 4,000

Zaire  2 – 1  Cameroon
N'Dinga Goal 75'
N'Gole Goal 82'
Mouyémé Goal 68'
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Kouakou N'Dri (Ivory Coast)
Zimbabwe  1 – 1  Malawi
P.Ndlovu Goal 14' (pen.) Banda Goal 43'
Attendance: 35,000

Zaire  5 – 0  Zimbabwe
Kiniambi Goal 26'
Lembi Goal 29'35'55'
Lowata Goal 77'
Attendance: 50,000
Cameroon  4 – 1
Annulled
 Lesotho
Dikoumé Goal 10'73'
Ntoko Goal 49'
Mouyémé Goal 87'
Lekoane Goal 80'
Attendance: 10,000

Malawi  1 – 3  Cameroon
Maduka Goal 55' Mbarga Goal 5'
Mouyémé Goal 42'68'
Attendance: 25,000

Cameroon  1 – 0  Zimbabwe
Simo Goal 49'
Attendance: 90,000
Referee: Okoampah (Ghana)

Group 2[edit]

Guinea Bissau withdrew after competing 3 matches (1 draw, 2 losses); their results were annulled.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Tunisia 8 3 4 1 7 2 +5 10
 Liberia 8 3 4 1 6 5 +1 10
 Senegal 8 3 3 2 10 8 +2 9
 Mauritania 8 1 4 3 3 6 -3 6
 Togo 8 1 3 4 5 10 -5 5
 Guinea-Bissau (withrew) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Senegal  0 – 0  Mauritania
Referee: Sidi Bekaye Magassa (Mali)
Liberia  1 – 0  Togo
Weah Goal 42'
Guinea-Bissau  1 – 3
Annulled
 Tunisia
Pau Goal 44' (pen.) Trabelsi Goal 5'
Baya Goal 19'
Berkhissa Goal 80'

Mauritania  1 – 1
Annulled
 Guinea-Bissau
Ould Malha Goal 25' Mané Goal 87'
Attendance: 5,000
Togo  2 – 0  Senegal
Fiawoo Goal 50'
Salou Goal 73'
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Bortey Sulemary (Ghana)

Mauritania  1 – 1  Liberia
Ould Malha Goal 79' N'Diaye Goal 28' (o.g.)
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Amadou (Niger)
Tunisia  1 – 1  Togo
Hamrouni Goal 24' Latmay Goal 56'
Guinea-Bissau  1 – 4
Annulled
 Senegal
Khome Goal 68' Diallo Goal 5'
Sané Goal 38'65'
Diatta Goal 73'

Senegal  0 – 0  Tunisia
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Sidi Bekaye Magassa (Mali)
Togo  0 – 0  Mauritania
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Mamadouba Camara (Guinea)

Liberia  1 – 1  Senegal
Sogbie Goal 22' (pen.) Sané Goal 83'
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Boubacar Alassane (Niger)
Tunisia  1 – 0  Mauritania
Mahjoubi Goal 67'
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Abderrezak Nems (Algeria)

Tunisia  0 – 0  Liberia
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Mohamed Kouradji (Algeria)

Mauritania  0 – 1  Senegal
Diallo Goal 14'
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Alain Gerard Milimono (Guinea)
Togo  0 – 0  Liberia
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Alhagi Faye (Gambia)

Senegal  5 – 1  Togo
Diallo Goal 8' (pen.)60'
Ndao Goal 19'86'
Traoré Goal 88' (pen.)
Messa Goal 7'
Attendance: 50,000
Liberia  1 – 0  Tunisia
Boye Goal 64'
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Sidi Bekaye Magassa (Mali)

Liberia  2 – 0  Mauritania
Debbah Goal 25'67'
Attendance: 45,000
Togo  0 – 1  Tunisia
Hassen Goal 9'
Attendance: 5,000

Mauritania  2 – 1  Togo
Sidibe Goal 12'
Wade Goal 60'
Lantam Goal 82'
Attendance: 6,000
Tunisia  4 – 0  Senegal
Berkhissa Goal 47'83'
Baya Goal 56'
Hassen Goal 69'
Attendance: 30,000

Mauritania  0 – 0  Tunisia
Attendance: 12,000
Senegal  3 – 0  Liberia
Diallo Goal 40' (pen.)52'
Traoré Goal 80'
Attendance: 20,000

Group 3[edit]

Gambia and Niger withdrew after competing 5 matches each; their results were annulled. Central African Republic withdrew without playing any match.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Ghana 4 3 0 1 9 3 +6 6
 Sierra Leone 4 3 0 1 7 6 +1 6
 Congo 4 0 0 4 3 10 -7 0
 Gambia (withrew) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Niger (withrew) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Central African Republic (withrew) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ghana  4 – 1  Sierra Leone
da Costa Goal 55' (pen.)
Duah Goal 63'
Akonnor Goal 72'
Aboagye Goal 88'
Conteh Goal 87'
Congo  1 – 1
Annulled
 Gambia
Mounkassa Goal 64' Johnson Goal 38'

Sierra Leone  3 – 2  Congo
Diallo Goal 34'
Conteh Goal 43'53'
Baloki Goal 33'
Imboula Goal 86'
Attendance: 6,500
Niger  1 – 5
Annulled
 Ghana
Hamidou Goal 6' (pen.) Preko Goal 2'54'87'
Ayew Goal 67'
Addo Goal 69'
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Yacouba Ouédraogo (Burkina Faso)

Gambia  1 – 2
Annulled
 Ghana
Manneh Goal 20' Akonnor Goal 34'
Amankwah Goal 42'
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Sackie Kennedy (Burkina Faso)
Niger  4 – 2
Annulled
 Sierra Leone
Djibo Goal 5'22'
Ayi Goal 55'
Ide Goal 65'
Pieter Goal 37'
Konté Goal 60'
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Malloum Saleh Abba Alkali (Chad)

Sierra Leone  2 – 0
Annulled
 Gambia
Koroma Goal 50'
Kanu Goal 53'
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Daniel Forkpah (Liberia)
Congo  3 – 1
Annulled
 Niger
Ibara Goal 74'
Imboula Goal 38'50'
Moussa Goal 53'
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Badibake Cinji (Zaire)

Ghana  3 – 1  Congo
Ahinful Goal 39'
Mbélé Goal 69' (o.g.)
Ayew Goal 70'
Swing Goal 80'
Attendance: 50,000
Niger  1 – 1
Annulled
 Gambia
Hamidou Goal 70' Dramé Goal 17'
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Papa Yeli N'Diouck (Mauritania)

Sierra Leone  1 – 0  Ghana
Conteh Goal 77' (pen.)
Attendance: 50,000
Gambia  1 – 1
Annulled
 Congo
Kargbo Goal 44' Imboula Goal 67'
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Lassana Gassama (Mauritania)

Congo  0 – 2  Sierra Leone
Kallon Goal 54'
Sama Goal 90'
Attendance: 14,000
Referee: Ndoye (Senegal)
Ghana  1 – 0
Annulled
 Niger
Yeboah Goal 21'
Attendance: 40,000

Sierra Leone  5 – 1
Annulled
 Niger
Kallon Goal 32'
Kallon Goal 55'69'
Zarppa Goal 75'
Sama Goal 78'
Ide Goal 18'
Attendance: 50,000
Congo  0 – 2  Ghana
Aboagye Goal 57'89'
Attendance: 21,000
Referee: Pinto (Angola)

Group 4[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Egypt 10 6 3 1 24 5 +19 15
 Algeria 10 4 5 1 12 7 +5 13
 Uganda 10 3 4 3 11 16 -5 10
 Tanzania 10 4 0 6 14 15 -1 8
 Sudan 10 3 2 5 10 14 -4 8
 Ethiopia 10 2 2 6 4 18 -14 6
Tanzania  4 – 0  Uganda
Salehe Goal 5'
Lunyamila Goal 9'88'
Nteze Goal 13'
Ethiopia  0 – 0  Algeria
Referee: Felix Tangawarima (Zimbabwe)
Sudan  0 – 0  Egypt
Referee: Sylvanus Anthony Oghina (Kenya)

Algeria  1 – 1  Sudan
Zouani Goal 64' Abdel-Haq Goal 11'
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Miloud Bouchikhi (Morocco)
Egypt  5 – 1  Tanzania
El-Kass Goal 12'52'
Salah-El-Din Goal 64'
Hassan Goal 82' (pen.)
Fathi Goal 84'
Tazali Goal 55'
Attendance: 40,000
Uganda  4 – 1  Ethiopia
Mutyaba Goal 55'
Tamale Goal 75'
Buwembo Goal 79'
Semogerere Goal 84'
Elias Goal 21'
Attendance: 11,000

Egypt  5 – 0  Ethiopia
Hassan Goal 24'36'
Sabry Goal 30'
Salah-El-Din Goal 56'
Farouk Goal 57'
Attendance: 30,000
Tanzania  2 – 0  Sudan
Selemani Goal 26'61'
Attendance: 20,000
Uganda  1 – 1  Algeria
Semogerere Goal 70' (pen.) Tasfaout Goal 43'
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Bruce Mayhola (South Africa)

Algeria  1 – 0  Egypt
Dziri Goal 16' (pen.) Report
Attendance: 60,000
Ethiopia  1 – 0  Tanzania
Juhar Goal 33'
Attendance: 33,000
Referee: Charles Baku Ndukize (Burundi)
Sudan  3 – 1  Uganda
Nimeri Goal 9'34'
Hussain Goal 81'
Musisi Goal 22'
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Ladoual Hissein (Chad)

Tanzania  2 – 1  Algeria
Kidishi Goal 37'
Selemani Goal 66'
Kaci-Said Goal 13'
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Martin Omondi Bita (Kenya)
Uganda  0 – 0  Egypt
Attendance: 10,000
Ethiopia  2 – 0  Sudan
Kebede Goal 4'
Sessaye Goal 71'
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Omer Yengo (Congo)

Algeria  2 – 0  Ethiopia
Tasfaout Goal 17'32'
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Mahmoud Hosni (Tunisia)
Egypt  3 – 1  Sudan
Aboul-Dahab Goal 10'
El-Sawy Goal 70'
El-Kass Goal 88'
Fidda Goal 71'
Attendance: 35,000
Uganda  2 – 0  Tanzania
Obwiny Goal 30'
Mutyaba Goal 38'
Attendance: 25,000

Tanzania  1 – 2  Egypt
Selemani Goal 89' Aboul-Dahab Goal 27'68'
Attendance: 35,000
Ethiopia  0 – 0  Uganda
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Abogno (Kenya)
Sudan  2 – 0
Original score
0 – 2
Awarded score
 Algeria
Boubker Goal 22' (pen.)
Khogali Goal 74'
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Abdulsattar Abdulfattah (Egypt)

Match awarded 2–0 to Algeria following a protest to CAF.


Algeria  1 – 1  Uganda
Tasfaout Goal 16' Report Mutyaba Goal 76'
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Abdelaziz Bellaftouh (Morocco)
Sudan  2 – 1  Tanzania
Abdelghani Goal 13'
Madani Goal 60'
Nteze Goal 36'
Attendance: 15,000
Ethiopia  0 – 2  Egypt
Aboul-Dahab Goal 7'
Khashaba Goal 38'
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Badibake Cinji (Zaire)

Egypt  1 – 1  Algeria
El-Masry Goal 61' Report Kaci-Saïd Goal 42'
Attendance: 100,000
Tanzania  2 – 0  Ethiopia
Hussein Goal 8'
Lunyamila Goal 11'
Attendance: 10,000
Uganda  2 – 0  Sudan
Semogerere Goal 71'
Barigye Goal 74'
Attendance: 25,000

Algeria  2 – 1  Tanzania
Marsha Goal 29' (o.g.)
Amrouche Goal 59'
Hussein Goal 21'
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Mahmoud Hosni (Tunisia)
Egypt  6 – 0  Uganda
El-Kass Goal 4'65'73'
Sabry Goal 8'43'
Abougreisha Goal 36'
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Cherif Boubacar Mbaye (Senegal)
Sudan  3 – 0  Ethiopia
Al Zaki Goal 15'
Fidda Goal 36'
Osman Goal 52'

Group 5[edit]

South Africa withdrew from qualification (played 3 matches) after they were awarded hosting rights. They were replaced by Kenya, which later withdrew.
Madagascar withdrew after one match (lost to South Africa). Seychelles withdrew before playing any match. All results of the withdrawn teams were annulled.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Gabon 4 3 0 1 8 2 +6 6
 Zambia 4 3 0 1 7 2 +5 6
 Mauritius 4 0 0 4 0 11 -11 0
 South Africa (Awarded hosting rights) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Madagascar (withrew) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Seychelles (withrew) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Madagascar  0 – 1
Annulled
 South Africa
Masinga Goal 21'
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Martin Bita (Kenya)

South Africa  1 – 0
Annulled
 Mauritius
Masinga Goal 51'
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Charles Massembe (Uganda)

Gabon  3 – 0  Mauritius
Amégasse Goal 26' (pen.)
Bekogo Goal 28'
Mackaya Goal 64'
Attendance: 25,000
Zambia  1 – 1
Annulled
 South Africa
Malitoli Goal 86' (pen.) Doctor Khumalo Goal 68'
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Alem Assefa (Ethiopia)

Gabon  2 – 1  Zambia
Ondo Goal 60' (pen.)
Nzamba Goal 73'
Nyirenda Goal 89'
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Obafemi (Nigeria)

Mauritius  0 – 3  Zambia
K.Bwalya Goal 32'87'
J.Bwalya Goal 76'
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Pinto (Angola)

Zambia  1 – 0  Gabon
K.Bwalya Goal 83'
Attendance: 40,000

Mauritius  0 – 3  Gabon
Mackaya Goal 42'
Ondo Goal 47'88'
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Williams (South Africa)

Zambia  2 – 0  Mauritius
Lota Goal 57'
J.Bwalya Goal 72'
Attendance: 35,000

Group 6[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Angola 10 6 2 2 17 8 +9 14
 Mozambique 10 6 2 2 16 8 +8 14
 Guinea 10 5 2 3 17 9 +8 12
 Mali 10 5 1 4 15 10 +5 11
 Namibia 10 1 5 4 8 16 -8 7
 Botswana 10 0 2 8 5 27 -22 2
Angola  2 – 0  Namibia
Túbia Goal 6'
Merodack Goal 40'
Botswana  0 – 1  Guinea
T. Camara Goal 89'
Mali  2 – 1  Mozambique
Sidibé Goal 20'30' Matola Goal 69'
Referee: Mohamed Belahmer (Morocco)

Namibia  2 – 1  Mali
Goraseb Goal 40'
van Wyk Goal 57'
Traoré Goal 89'
Attendance: 7,000
Guinea  3 – 1  Angola
Soumah Goal 6'59'
T. Camara Goal 9'
Castella Goal 69'
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Boubacar Alassane (Nigeria)
Mozambique  3 – 1  Botswana
Arnaldo Goal 34'39'73' Pikati Goal 74'
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: Roger Milson Raharison (Madagascar)

Mali  2 – 0  Guinea
Touré Goal 45'
Diallo Goal 75'
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Omer Yengo (Congo)

Mali  0 – 0  Angola
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Malick Sillan (Gambia)
Mozambique  2 – 1  Guinea
Tchaka-Tchaka Goal 64' (pen.)
Tico-Tico Goal 89'
Sylla Goal 20'
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Wilbert Onath (Seychelles)
Namibia  1 – 1  Botswana
van Wyk Goal 89' Modise Goal 25'
Attendance: 5,000

Botswana  1 – 3  Mali
Duiker Goal 75' Touré Goal 5'
Diawara Goal 18'26'
Referee: Wallace Mabuza (Swaziland)
Angola  1 – 0  Mozambique
Túbia Goal 19'
Guinea  3 – 0  Namibia
A. Camara Goal 62'
Sow Goal 69'
Sylla Goal 88'
Referee: Emmanuel Okoampah (Ghana)

Botswana  1 – 2  Angola
Paul Goal 44' Paulão Goal 55'63'
Attendance: 10,000
Mozambique  4 – 2  Namibia
Nuro Goal 6'30'90'
Eurico Goal 68'
Hoeseb Goal 72'
Boonstaander Goal 90'
Attendance: 22,000
Referee: Jugdish Kisoona (Mauritius)

Namibia  2 – 2  Angola
Richter Goal 11'
Goraseb Goal 61'
Paulão Goal 8'
Quinzinho Goal 76'
Attendance: 5,000
Guinea  5 – 0  Botswana
F. Camara Goal 6'10'
Sylla Goal 54'
Diané Goal 60'
Sow Goal 88'
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Sackie Kennedy (Liberia)
Mozambique  1 – 0  Mali
Chiquinho Conde Goal 44'
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Pradeep Kumar Sohan (Mauritius)

Angola  3 – 0  Guinea
Akwá Goal 48'75'
Paulão Goal 55'
Attendance: 22,000
Botswana  0 – 3  Mozambique
Chiquinho Conde Goal 15'53'
Nuro Goal 69'
Attendance: 15,000
Mali  2 – 0  Namibia
Sidibé Goal 16'
Magassouba Goal 66'
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Bruce Kouahlin (Togo)

Angola  1 – 0  Mali
Akwá Goal 28' (pen.)
Attendance: 80,000
Referee: Amuam Aka (Cameroon)
Botswana  1 – 1  Namibia
Dintle Goal 5' Ananias Goal 18'
Attendance: 2,000
Guinea  0 – 0  Mozambique
Attendance: 60,000

Mali  4 – 0  Botswana
Diawara Goal 12'50'
Traoré Goal 46'
Bagayogo Goal 85'
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Ahmed Jalloh (Sierra Leone)
Mozambique  2 – 1  Angola
Faife Goal 15'
Nana Goal 46'
Paulão Goal 75'
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Mady Kanoso Bora (Madagascar)
Namibia  0 – 0  Guinea
Attendance: 2,000

Angola  4 – 0  Botswana
Joni Goal 1'9'
Rosário Goal 43'
Paulão Goal 50'
Attendance: 25,000
Guinea  4 – 1  Mali
T. Camara Goal 28'45'
Sow Goal 65' (pen.)
M. Camara Goal 87'
Diawara Goal 13'
Attendance: 20,000
Namibia  0 – 0  Mozambique
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Joel Dwarf Mondoka (Zambia)

Group 7[edit]

Benin, Cape Verde and Equatorial Guinea withdrew without playing any matches.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Burkina Faso 4 1 3 0 5 4 +1 5
 Ivory Coast 4 1 2 1 5 4 +1 4
 Morocco 4 1 1 2 2 4 -2 3
 Benin (withrew) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Cape Verde (withrew) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Equatorial Guinea (withrew) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Burkina Faso  2 – 1  Morocco
Ouédraogo Goal 49'
Ouattara Goal 68'
El-Khalej Goal 32'
Referee: Idrissa Sarr (Mauritania)

Morocco  1 – 0  Ivory Coast
Nader Goal 15'
Attendance: 12,000

Ivory Coast  2 – 2  Burkina Faso
Tiéhi Goal 7'43' Nafou Goal 50'
Traoré Goal 80'

Morocco  0 – 0  Burkina Faso
Attendance: 45,000

Ivory Coast  2 – 0  Morocco
Tiéhi Goal 19'
Bamba Goal 65'
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Magassa (Mali)

Burkina Faso  1 – 1  Ivory Coast
Ouattara Goal 22' Tiéhi Goal 64'
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Olanjan (Nigeria)

Qualified teams[edit]

* Nigeria withdrew prior to the start of the finals. Guinea, as the best side to not qualify, was offered Nigeria's spot in the finals, but declined due to a lack of preparation time.

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