Ethiopia kept their faint qualifying hopes for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations alive when beating Seychelles 2-1 at home.
The win in both sides’ final Group J qualifier takes Ethiopia to 11 points, leaving them with an outside chance of qualifying as a best runner-up.
After the visitors took a shock lead, Getaneh Kebede‘s first-half strike and a Saladdin Said penalty turned the tie.
The two best runners-up will join 13 group winners at the finals in Gabon.
1962 champions Ethiopia will need eight other results to go their way this weekend if they are to reach their first Nations Cup since 2013 and only their second since 1982.
Algeria, who finish their campaign against Lesotho on Sunday, had already qualified from the group, with 13 points, while Seychelles could only muster four, a point more than Lesotho.
One of the results Ethiopia needed already came in on Saturday night as Cape Verde – who needed to beat Libya to have any chance of progress – lost 1-0.
A home win would have taken Cape Verde to 12 points, so eliminating the Ethiopians, but instead the islanders’ dreams were left in tatters as the visitors scored in the 89th minute.
Source: BBC News
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