By RON FANFAIR
Four-time Africa Cup of Nations soccer champions and 2000 Olympic gold medalist Cameroon and Ghana, a quarter-finalist in last year’s World Cup in South Africa, are out of next year’s London Olympics.
Cameroon fell 4-3 in extra time to Tanzania in Dar-es-Salaam while Ghana bowed out 2-1 on aggregate to Sudan in the tournament for Under-23 players.
“We are very happy to have crossed this hurdle into the next round,” said Sudanese coach Mohamed Muhideen. “Our strategy was to score early in the game and we did just that.”
Egypt, which has represented Africa a record 12 times in the Olympics since 1924, advanced to the third round. Senegal, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tunisia also qualified for the next round to be played in June.
Nigeria overwhelmed Equatorial Guinea 4-1 to advance by a 9-1 aggregate while South Africa drew 1-1 with Libya in Mali to qualify by a 4-2 aggregate.
Uganda was also bounced from the tournament, falling to Congo in a shoot out.
The top three African teams will advance to the Olympics while the fourth-placed team will meet an Asian Soccer Confederation side in a play-off for a spot to compete in the tournament.
And, Ghana Soccer Federation head Kwesi Nyantakyi has been appointed interim chief of the West African Soccer Union which suspended its executive committee last Saturday and appointed an interim body.
The meeting was called for new executives to be elected to replace the banned association’s president Amos Adamu who was banned by the International Soccer Federation for seeking bribes during the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding.