JOHANNESBURG (AP) – Brothers Kolo and Yaya Toure scored to give Ivory Coast a 2-1 win over Burundi on Sunday and ensure their side finished as the only team with a perfect record in African Cup of Nations qualifying.
Ivory Coast had already qualified for Africa's showcase competition next year and finished 12 points clear at the top of Group H after six wins from six games. Rwanda sealed second place with a 1-0 win in Benin to jump above Burundi on the final day of matches.
Senegal wrapped up its campaign unbeaten with a 2-0 victory at winless Mauritius in Group E. The Senegalese had also already secured a place at the finals in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
The last two berths at the 16-team Cup of Nations were set to be decided later on Sunday when Morocco hosts Tanzania and Central African Republic visits Algeria in the only group still to be decided.
All four countries have a chance of qualifying in Group D, while the results will also help decide who sneaks in as one of the two best second-placed teams across the groups alongside Libya.
Kolo Toure put Ivory Coast ahead in the 77th minute, before Dugary Nolabashinze equalized for Burundi. Yaya Toure stole a late winner to keep the Elephants' 100 percent record.
Dame Ndoye and Papiss Cisse netted for Senegal against 10-man Mauritius for a fifth win in six qualifiers, with only a goalless draw in Cameroon spoiling its qualifying record.
But the dominant runs of Ivory Coast and Senegal were not repeated by other heavyweights of African football with former champions Egypt, Cameroon, Nigeria and South Africa all surprisingly missing out on the continent's top tournament.
Instead, unfancied Niger and Botswana will make their debuts at the Cup of Nations in January and Guinea ousted Nigeria. Mali, Zambia, the Libyans, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Angola and Tunisia also progressed to join the co-hosts.
The fallout to the latest high-profile failures began on Sunday with the Nigeria Football Federation demanding an explanation from coach Samson Siasia after the Super Eagles blew their chance with a 2-2 home draw with Guinea.
The NFF called two emergency meetings in the 24 hours after Saturday's game and gave Siasia 48 hours to answer questions on what it called ''the embarrassment brought to the nation.''
Stung by its failure to qualify - and embarrassed by a farcical mix-up in which players celebrated a 0-0 draw with Sierra Leone thinking it was enough to see them through - South Africa appealed to the African Cup of Nations and said it should be allowed in to the tournament.
The South African Football Association said it was challenging CAF's interpretation of the rules after Niger went through ahead of Bafana Bafana and Sierra Leone when all three finished on nine points.
South Africa believes it should have qualified from Group G on goal difference, but CAF rules say head-to-head results between teams tied on points decides who goes through.
Namibia also has an appeal currently being considered by Africa's ruling body which could see Burkina Faso thrown out of the Cup of Nations for fielding an ineligible player and Namibia replace it. Namibia complained that Cameroon-born defender Herve Zengue does not qualify to play for Burkina Faso.
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