The Desert Fennecs of Algeria and Zimbabwe have bowed out of the on-going 2017 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).
Algeria led by African Player of the Year 2016 Riyad Karim Mahrez only managed a 2-2 draw against Senegal in a game played on Monday, while Zimbabwe lost 4-2 to Tunisia at the Stade de l’Amitie.
Algeria and Zimbabwe have now joined Uganda, Guinea Bissau and hosts Gabon to exit the tournament.
At the Franceville Stadium Islam Slimani who plies his trade in England for the Premier League champions Leicester City netted a goal in each half as his team drew 2-2 with Senegal. Papa Kouly Diop and Moussa Sow scored for the Senegal team.
To lead Tunisia to victory Sliti Naim gave the lead after 10 minutes before Youssed Msakni, Taha Yassine Khenissi also netted. Knowledge Musona pulled one back for Zimbabwe after 43 minutes. But Wahibi Khazri converted a penalty to make it 4-1 after Zimbabwean defender Coast Nhamoinesu had handled the ball in the box.
In the second half the Zimbabwe coach Kalisto Pasuwa made some changes and substitute Tendai Ndoro placed the ball past Tunisia’s advancing goalkeeper Rami Jeridi to make it 2-4.
Action shifts to group C on Tuesday when the Democratic Republic of Congo face Togo, while Morocco take on defending champions Cote d’Ivoire.