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Namibia and Zambia sneak into 2008 African Nations Cup finals
September 11th, 2007 7AM

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Namibia and Zambia qualified for the 2008 African Nations Cup in Ghana with wins over the weekend.

Captain Chris Katongo scored a hat trick in the opening 20 minutes to lead Zambia past 2010 World Cup host South Africa, 3-1,  in Cape Town and capture Group 11 on the final day of qualifying in the group.

Namibia won Group 10 when it beat Ethiopia, 3-2, on the road, coming back from 2-1 down in the last minutes on goals by Rudolph Bester and Muna Katupose. The Democratic Republic of Congo appeared to have the group wrapped up, but it was held to a 1-1 tie at home by Libya.

Guinea, Ivory Coast and Senegal also clinched group titles, while South Africa grabbed one of three spots for the best runners-up despite its loss to Zambia.

Already through were Ghana, Angola, Cameroon, Morocco, Nigeria, Sudan and Tunisia.

The final three spots will be decided when play in Group 2 and Group 9 wraps up next month.

AFRICAN NATIONS CUP 2008 QUALIFYING
Group 1
Final Standings: *Ivory Coast 10 points; Gabon 7; Madagascar 0.
Group 2
Standings: Egypt 9 points; Burundi, Botswana 7; Mauritania 4.
Group 3
Final Standings: *Nigeria 15 points; Uganda 11; Niger, Lesotho 4.
Group 4
Final Standings: *Sudan 15 points; *Tunisia 13; Seychelles 4; Mauritius 2.
Group 5
Final Standings: *Cameroon 15 points; Equatorial Guinea 10; Rwanda 6; Liberia 4.
Group 6
Final Standings: *Angola, Eritrea 9 points; Kenya, Swaziland 3.
Group 7
Final Standings: *Senegal 11 points; Mozambique 9; Tanzania 8; Burkina Faso 4.
Group 8
Final Standings: *Gabon 11 points; Algeria, Gambia 8; Cape Verde Islands 5.
Group 9
Standings: Mali, Togo 9 points; Benin 8; Sierra Leone 1.
Group 10
Final Standings: *Namibia 10 points; DR Congo 9; Libya 8l Ethiopia 6.
Group 11
Final Standings: *Zambia, *South Africa 11 points Congo 7; Chad 2.
Group 12
Final Standings: *Morocco 10 points; Zimbabwe 4; Malawi 3.
*Advances to finals.



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