Egypt and Senegal qualified for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Gabon on Saturday as the penultimate round of fixtures continued.
Roma winger Mohamed Salah scored both of Egypt’s goals in a 2-0 victory away to Tanzania as they returned to the finals of a Nations Cup for the first time since 2010.
Senegal sealed their place at Gabon 2017, thanks to goals from their English Premier League players, Sadio Mane and Mame Biram Diouf, who both scored in a 2-0 win away to Burundi.
Saturday’s game in Dar es Salaam was Egypt’s final match in the qualifiers, following Chad’s withdrawal from Group G.
Joining Egypt in Gabon will be Senegal who defeated Burundi 2-0 in Bujumbura to ensure they will top Group K.
Southampton winger Sadio Mane put Senegal ahead in the 16th minute.
His fellow England based compatriot, Stoke City striker Mame Biram Diouf, added a second three minutes before half-time to secure Senegal’s qualification.
The Teranga Lions have won all of their qualifiers so far and top the group with a maximum 15 points, while second placed Burundi have just six.
The group’s other fixture was a fight for survival with Namibia beating Niger 1-0 courtesy of a 15th minute goal from Peter Shalulile.
Guinea-Bissau are on the verge of their first ever appearance at an Africa Cup of Nations finals after securing a 3-2 home win over 2012 champions Zambia.
Zambia now face a struggle to secure one of the best second-placed spots.
Uganda moved closer towards qualification with a vital 2-1 win away to Botswana to move three points clear at the top of Group D.
Group C leaders Mali also improved their chance of advancing to the finals with a 3-0 win away to South Sudan.
Cameroon qualified for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finals with a 1-0 win away to Mauritania in Group M.
Earlier on Friday, a win for Tunisia meant that Group A of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers will be settled with the final ties in September.
Tunisia, who were 3-nil winners in Djibouti, took the lead after 15 minutes when France-born Naim Sliti scored for the Carthage Eagles after being set-up by Wahbi Khazri.
The other game on Friday saw Libya draw 1-1 with Morocco, who have already qualified for Gabon.