Mahrez scores as Algeria qualify for Africa Cup of Nations

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) – Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez scored as title-holders Algeria drew 2-2 in Zimbabwe early yesterday and became the third country to book a place at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

Cameroon qualified automatically as hosts while Senegal secured a spot on Sunday by winning in Guinea-Bissau thanks to a Sadio Mane goal.

Andy Delort and captain Mahrez gave the Desert Foxes a two-goal advantage in Harare that was halved just before half-time when Knowledge Musona netted.

Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi took off Delort and Mahrez as he made five second-half substitutions within 12 minutes, but the bold move backfired when Prince Dube equalised eight minutes from time.

Drawing ended the perfect three-win record Algeria took into a match played behind closed doors because of the coronavirus, but it guaranteed them a top-two finish in a section including Zambia and Botswana.

File photo shows Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez (L) in action during a Champions League match against Olympiacos. PHOTO: AP