Algeria, Cape Verde First Teams to Qualify for 2015 Final
Algeria and Cape Verde became the first teams to qualify for January’s Africa Cup of Nations finals in Morocco.
Algeria booked their place with a 3-0 win over visiting Malawi, while Cape Verde edged out Mozambique 1-0 to qualify.
The first goal of Algeria’s game in Blida came after just a minute as Porto’s Yacine Brahimi fired high into the net after a neat one-two with Islam Slimani on the edge of the area.
Riyad Mahrez, who plays for English Premier League side Leicester City, doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time.
He picked up a superb through ball from Sofiane Feghouli before turning inside a defender and finishing with a low shot.
Mahrez then turned provider as his cross was met by Slimani’s head to confirm Algeria’s place at the Nations Cup finals.
Earlier Ethiopia, despite playing the last 30 minutes with 10 men, avenged their loss on Saturday at home to Mali with a surprise 3-2 win in Bamako.