1996 African Cup of Nations qualification

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 roundEdit

Group 1Edit

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 (W) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Swaziland (W) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Source:[citation needed]
(W) Withdrew.
Zaire  1 – 1Malawi  
Essende   80' Maduka   85'
Referee: Pierre Alain Mounguengui (Gabon)
Zimbabwe  5 – 0
Annulled
Lesotho  
Nagoli   10'
Shonhai   15'
A. Ndlovu   51'
Takawira   83'89'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Group 2Edit

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 (W) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Source:[citation needed]
(W) Withdrew.
Senegal  0 – 0  Mauritania
Referee: Sidi Bekaye Magassa (Mali)
Liberia  1 – 0  Togo
Weah   42'
Guinea-Bissau  1 – 3
Annulled
  Tunisia
Pau   44' (pen.) Trabelsi   5'
Baya   19'
Berkhissa   80'

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

Mauritania  1 – 1  Liberia
Ould Malha   79' N'Diaye   28' (o.g.)
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Amadou (Niger)
Tunisia  1 – 1  Togo
Hamrouni   24' Latmay   56'
Guinea-Bissau  1 – 4
Annulled
  Senegal
Khome   68' Diallo   5'
Sané   38'65'
Diatta   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   22' (pen.) Sané   83'
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Boubacar Alassane (Niger)
Tunisia  1 – 0  Mauritania
Mahjoubi   67'
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Abderrezak Nems (Algeria)

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

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

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

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

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

Group 3Edit

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 (W) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Niger (W) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Central African Republic (W) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Source:[citation needed]
(W) Withdrew.
Ghana  4 – 1  Sierra Leone
da Costa   55' (pen.)
Duah   63'
Akonnor   72'
Aboagye   88'
Conteh   87'
Congo  1 – 1
Annulled
  Gambia
Mounkassa   64' Johnson   38'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Group 4Edit

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   5'
Lunyamila   9'88'
Nteze   13'
Ethiopia  0 – 0  Algeria
Referee: Felix Tangawarima (Zimbabwe)
Sudan  0 – 0  Egypt
Referee: Sylvanus Anthony Oghina (Kenya)

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

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

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

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

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

Tanzania  1 – 2  Egypt
Selemani   89' Aboul-Dahab   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
Babiker Elhilou   22' (pen.)
Khogali   74'
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Abdulsattar Abdulfattah (Egypt)

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


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

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

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

Group 5Edit

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 (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Madagascar (W) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Seychelles (W) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Source:[citation needed]
(H) Awarded hosting rights; (W) Withdrew.

Awarded hosting rights

Madagascar  0 – 1
Annulled
  South Africa
Masinga   21'
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Martin Bita (Kenya)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Group 6Edit

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   6'
Merodack   40'
Botswana  0 – 1  Guinea
T. Camara   89'
Mali  2 – 1  Mozambique
Sidibé   20'30' Matola   69'
Referee: Mohamed Belahmer (Morocco)

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

Mali  2 – 0  Guinea
Touré   45'
Diallo   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   64' (pen.)
Tico-Tico   89'
Sylla   20'
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Wilbert Onath (Seychelles)
Namibia  1 – 1  Botswana
van Wyk   89' Modise   25'
Attendance: 5,000

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Group 7Edit

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 (W) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Cape Verde (W) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Equatorial Guinea (W) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Source:[citation needed]
(W) Withdrew.
Burkina Faso  2 – 1  Morocco
Ouédraogo   49'
Ouattara   68'
El-Khalej   32'
Referee: Idrissa Sarr (Mauritania)

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

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

Morocco  0 – 0  Burkina Faso
Attendance: 45,000

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

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

Qualified teamsEdit

* 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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