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.

Banned and withrawal teams[edit]

The following countries were banned from entering:

Some other teams did not enter, including:

Qualification rounds[edit]

Preliminary round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Mauritius  2–1  Seychelles 1–0 1–1
Congo  0–1  Togo 0–0 0–1
Botswana  0–6  Namibia 0–0 0–6
Central African Republic  w/o  Burundi
Benin  4–1  Mauritania 4–1 0–0
Uganda  2–2 (2–4 p)  Ethiopia 1–1 1–1
Mauritius  1–0  Seychelles
Bax Goal 25'
Attendance: 1,500
Seychelles  1–1  Mauritius
Rose Goal 50' Mocude Goal 20'
Attendance: 1,500

Congo  0–0  Togo
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Pierre Mounguengui (Gabon)
Togo  1–0  Congo
Salou Goal 57'
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Olufemi Olaniyan (Nigeria)

Botswana  0–0  Namibia
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Felix Tangawarima (Zimbabwe)
Namibia  6–0  Botswana
Attendance: 4,000

Central African Republic  Cancelled  Burundi
Withrew
Burundi  Cancelled  Central African Republic
Withrew

Benin  4–1  Mauritania
Coles Goal 3'
Bessan Goal 54'72'89'
Ould Bechir Goal 67'
Attendance: 11,500
Referee: Dodji Hounnake-Kouassi (Togo)
Mauritania  0–0  Benin
Attendance: 4,000

Uganda  1–1  Ethiopia
Buwembo Goal 65' Goal
Attendance: 12,000
Ethiopia  1–1  Uganda
Penalties
4–2
Attendance: 25,000

Qualifying group stage[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Sudan withdrew on 16 January 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.

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Ghana 4 2 1 1 4 3 +1 7
 Angola 4 2 0 2 4 4 0 6
 Zimbabwe 4 1 1 2 3 4 −1 4
 Sudan (withrew) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ghana  2–1  Angola
Aboagye Goal 7'
Kim Grant Goal 30'
Paulão Goal 2'
Attendance: 34,000

Zimbabwe  0–0  Ghana

Zimbabwe  1–0  Angola
Mugeyi Goal 31' (pen.)
Attendance: 45,000

Angola  1–0  Ghana
Akwá Goal 23'
Attendance: 10,000

Ghana  2–1  Zimbabwe
Pele Goal 22'
Kuffour Goal 39'
Muradzikwa Goal 24'
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Ousseynou Dieng (Ivory Coast)

Angola  2–1  Zimbabwe
Aurélio Goal 9'
Akwá Goal 70'
Murisa Goal 80'
Attendance: 32,000

Group 2[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Ivory Coast 6 4 1 1 10 8 +2 13
 Algeria 6 3 1 2 9 5 +4 10
 Mali 6 3 0 3 9 9 0 9
 Benin 6 0 2 4 3 9 −6 2
Algeria  4–1  Ivory Coast
Meçabih Goal 7'9'
Saïb Goal 41'89'
Report Tiéhi Goal 71'
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Sidi Bekaye Magassa (Mali)
Benin  1–2  Mali
Latoundji Goal 38' Touré Goal 54'
B. Traoré Goal 78'
Attendance: 40,000

Ivory Coast  1–0  Benin
Guel Goal 12'
Attendance: 20,000
Mali  1–0  Algeria
Touré Goal 63' Report
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Falla Ndoye (Senegal)

Benin  1–1  Algeria
Latoundji Goal 35' Report Tasfaout Goal 51'
Attendance: 15,000
Mali  1–2  Ivory Coast
Sidibé Goal 14' Bakayoko Goal 13'
Tiéhi Goal 22'
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Abderrahim El Arjoun (Morocco)

Ivory Coast  2–1  Algeria
Tiéhi Goal 45'
Bassole Goal 87'
Report Dziri Goal 17'
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Emmanuel Okoampah (Ghana)
Mali  3–1  Benin
Touré Goal 12'
Dissa Goal 68'
Traoré Goal 85' (pen.)
Keita Goal 40'
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Ibrahim Djingarey Amadou (Niger)

Algeria  1–0  Mali
Kherris Goal 18' Report
Attendance: 40,000
Benin  0–0  Ivory Coast
Attendance: 25,000

Algeria  2–0  Benin
Tasfaout Goal 13'
Benzerga Goal 27'
Report
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Abderrahim El Arjoun (Morocco)
Ivory Coast  4–2  Mali
Tiéhi Goal 22'26'
Guel Goal 51'
Bakayoko Goal 75'
Coulibaly Goal 47'
Sidibé Goal 69'
Attendance: 10,000

Group 3[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Morocco 6 4 2 0 10 1 +9 14
 Egypt 6 2 3 1 12 4 +8 9
 Senegal 6 2 2 2 5 6 −1 8
 Ethiopia 6 0 1 5 3 19 −16 1
Egypt  1–1  Morocco
H.Hassan Goal 88' Bassir Goal 74'
Attendance: 50,000
Ethiopia  1–2  Senegal
Juhar Goal 3' Diandy Goal 17'
A. Keita Goal 36'
Attendance: 25,000

Senegal  0–0  Egypt
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Camara Ba (Guinea)

Senegal  0–0  Morocco
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Mohamed Kouradji (Algeria)
Ethiopia  1–1  Egypt
Tesfaye Goal 58' Tarek Goal 71'
Attendance: 25,000

Morocco  4–0  Ethiopia
Chiba Goal 8'
Bahja Goal 18'
Naybet Goal 34'
El Hadrioui Goal 81'
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Mahmoud Hosni (Tunisia)

Morocco  1–0  Egypt
Bassir Goal 71'
Attendance: 80,000
Referee: Sidi Bekaye Megassa (Mali)
Senegal  3–0  Ethiopia
Sané Goal 38'53'
O. Traoré Goal 68'

Egypt  2–0  Senegal
Emam Goal
Khashaba Goal
Attendance: 35,000
Ethiopia  0–1  Morocco
Bassir Goal 21'
Attendance: 20,000

Egypt  8–1  Ethiopia
Khashaba Goal 1'
Hanafy Goal 5'
Emam Goal 19'36'44'
H.Hassan Goal 55'
A.Hassan Goal 62'
El-Sayed Goal 77'
S. Elias Goal 60'
Attendance: 20,000
Morocco  3–0  Senegal
Bassir Goal 11'67'
Chiba Goal 40'
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Mamadouba Camara (Guinea)

Group 4[edit]

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

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Tunisia 3 2 0 1 3 1 +2 6
 Guinea 4 2 0 2 2 1 +1 6
 Sierra Leone (withrew) 2 0 0 2 0 3 −3 0
 Central African Republic (disqualified) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tunisia  2–0  Sierra Leone
S.Trabelsi Goal 29'
Souayah Goal 69'
Attendance: 20,000
Central African Republic  2–3
Annulled
 Guinea
Matondo Goal 30'
Azo Goal 48' (pen.)
Soumah Goal 27'89'
Kéita Goal 85'
National Stadium, Bangui
Attendance: 15,000

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

Guinea  1–0  Sierra Leone
F. Camara Goal 67'
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Moussa Kanouté (Mali)

Tunisia  1–0  Guinea
Jelassi Goal 90'
Attendance: 25,000

Group 5[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Cameroon 6 2 4 0 8 3 +5 10
 Namibia 6 2 2 2 4 7 −3 8
 Gabon 6 1 4 1 5 5 0 7
 Kenya 6 1 2 3 2 4 −2 5
Namibia  1–0  Kenya
F. Oduor Goal (o.g.)
Attendance: 15,000
Gabon  0–0  Cameroon
Attendance: 11,000

Kenya  1–0  Gabon
Mururi Goal 70'
Cameroon  4–0  Namibia
M'Boma Goal 3'85'
Missé-Missé Goal 35'48'
Attendance: 40,000

Kenya  0–0  Cameroon
Namibia  1–1  Gabon
Van Wyk Goal 86' Aubameyang Goal 19' (pen.)
Attendance: 15,000

Kenya  0–1  Namibia
Uri Khob Goal 35'
Cameroon  2–2  Gabon
Tchoutang Goal 12'
Mangan Goal 33'
Maya Goal 38' (pen.)
Bakogo Goal 87'
Attendance: 60,000

Namibia  0–1  Cameroon
Tchango
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Felix Tangawarima (Zimbabwe)
Gabon  1–0  Kenya
Nguema Goal 50'
Attendance: 45,000

Cameroon  1–1  Kenya
Moreau Goal 89' (pen.) Were Goal 49'
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Sidi Bekaye Megassa (Mali)
Gabon  1–1  Namibia
Aubameyang Goal 22' (pen.) Hindjou Goal 60' (pen.)
Attendance: 20,000

Group 6[edit]

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

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Togo 6 3 1 2 9 5 +4 10
 DR Congo 6 2 3 1 6 5 +1 9
 Liberia 6 2 2 2 5 8 −3 8
 Tanzania 6 1 2 3 5 7 −2 5
Togo  2–1  Tanzania
T. Salou Goal 17'
Abalo Goal 57'
Samieh Goal 72'
Attendance: 20,000
Zaire  0–0  Liberia
Attendance: 75,000

Tanzania  1–2  Zaire
Kizito Goal 79' Mbayo Goal 52'
Kayu Goal 85'
Attendance: 12,000
Liberia  1–2  Togo
Sogbie Goal 24' B. Salou Goal 26'
Assignon Goal 67'
Accra Sports Stadium, Accra (neutral ground)
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Emmanuel Okoampah (Ghana)

Tanzania  1–1  Liberia
Saidi Goal 75' Sogbie Goal 27'
Attendance: 10,000
Togo  1–1  Zaire
Noutsoudje Goal 90' Simba Goal 26'
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Yahya Hadqa (Morocco)

Tanzania  1–0  Togo
Amlima Goal 31'
Liberia  2–1  DR Congo
Sebwe Goal 20'
Weah Goal 66'
Nzalambila Goal 81'
Attendance: 45,000

Togo  4–0  Liberia
T. Salou Goal 52'
Noutsoudje Goal 86'
Assignon Goal 89'
B. Salou Goal 90'
Attendance: 20,000
DR Congo  1–1  Tanzania
Attendance: 25,000

Liberia  1–0  Tanzania
Zizi Roberts Goal 54'
Attendance: 20,000
DR Congo  1–0  Togo
Kidoda Goal 15'
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: Edwin Senai (Botswana)

Group 7[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Zambia 6 4 2 0 9 3 +6 14
 Mozambique 6 3 1 2 10 7 +3 10
 Malawi 6 3 0 3 9 10 −1 9
 Mauritius 6 0 1 5 4 12 −8 1
Mauritius  1–2  Malawi
Rateau Goal 75' Mpinganjira Goal 29'
Jonas Goal 90' (o.g.)
Attendance: 7,000
Zambia  1–0  Mozambique
Malitoli Goal 4'
Attendance: 30,000

Malawi  0–2  Zambia
Tana Goal 40'
Tembo Goal 83'
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Felix Tangawarima (Zimbabwe)
Mozambique  3–0  Mauritius
Chiquinho Conde Goal 55'
Faife Goal 62'
Macamo Goal 65'
Attendance: 30,000

Malawi  2–0  Mozambique
Maduka Goal 6'
Kamanga Goal 60'
Attendance: 60,000
Mauritius  0–0  Zambia
Attendance: 5,000

Malawi  3–2  Mauritius
Maduka Goal 19'81'
Banda Goal 76'
Philogene Goal 87'
Pierre-Louis Goal 89'
Attendance: 30,000
Mozambique  2–2  Zambia
Tico-Tico Goal 11'
Chiquinho Conde Goal 62' (pen.)
Kamwandi Goal 15'
Tembo Goal 57'
Attendance: 25,000

Zambia  3–1  Malawi
Chilombo Goal 30' (pen.)
Kamwandi Goal 55'
Mwila Goal 75'
Banda Goal 89'
Attendance: 35,000
Mauritius  1–3  Mozambique
Appou Goal 65' Chiquinho Conde Goal 6'
Nuro Goal 33'
Tico-Tico Goal 89'
Attendance: 2,000

Mozambique  2–1  Malawi
Pinto Barros Goal 85'
Tico-Tico Goal 88'
Nkhwazi Goal 62'
Attendance: 35,000
Zambia  1–0  Mauritius
Mutale Goal 57'
Attendance: 20,000

Qualified teams[edit]

External links[edit]