Saturday’s second-leg encounters saw six teams progress to the group stage of the competition billed for Cameroon in 2020
Nigeria defeated Togo 2-0 on Saturday, courtesy of goals from Sikiru Alimi, but it wasn’t enough to take them into the African Nations Championship.
The home-based Eagles failed to qualify owing to their 4-1 first-leg defeat at the hands of the Hawks in September.
Given their inability to overturn the deficit, the 2018 finalists crash out 4-3 on aggregate.
Fahad Bayo, Allan Okello and Vianney Sek were the goalscorers on the day, which saw the Cranes defeat their opponents 6-0 on aggregate and will play in a fifth finals on the spin.
In Zambia, the Copper Bullets survived a late Eswatini fight back to draw 2-2, consequently advancing 3-2 on aggregate.
Emmanuel Chabula’s goals in either side of half-time put the Chipolopolo two goals up, but Dlamini and Matse made things interesting in the last 10 minutes.
Rwanda needed a late Ernest Sugira strike in the 83rd minute to progress at Ethiopia’s expense as it ended 1-1 in Rwanda.
Tafesse had put the away side 1-0 up, and level on aggregate, but Sugira’s goal in the final 10 minutes saw the hosts advance.
At the Sam Nujoma Stadium, Namibia overturned a 1-0 deficit against Madagascar to win 2-0, which saw them progress 2-1 on aggregate.
The Brave Warriors were aided by an Elmo Kambindu brace in the 13th and 46th minutes to secure qualification.
The first-leg in Algeria ended goalless, so the Moroccans needed a win of any kind to advance.
Goals from Badr Banoun, Hamid Ahaddad and Mohamed Nahiri made sure of the Altas Lions’ emphatic success.