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Five talking points from the 2021 Afcon qualifiers

What you need to know:

  • While the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa were the highest profile casualties, the failure of Uganda to secure a third straight appearance was the most spectacular.
  • The Cranes garnered seven points from a possible nine by the halfway stage in Group B and seemed certainties to finish among the top two.
  • A shock defeat by South Sudan and a draw with Burkina Faso left them needing a point in Malawi to go through, but they lost 1-0 and veteran goalkeeper Denis Onyango wept at the final whistle.

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