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Like Nigeria’s Group C, Tunisia’s Group B also gets into crunchy finale

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Youssef Msakni of Tunisia challenged by Pedro Obiang of Equatorial Guinea during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier between Tunisia and Equatorial Guinea at Stade Olympique de Rades,Rades,Tunisia,on 28 March 2021 ©BackpagePix

Both groups B and C of the African qualifying series for the Qatar 2022 World Cup have gone down the wire.

While in the Group C, it is the Lagos battle of Nigeria and Cape Verde that will provide the winner, Group B is a bit open.

Heading into the final round of matches, Group B will go down to the wire after Equatorial Guinea stunned Tunisia 1-0.

Saturday’s result means the two sides are both on 10 points, but the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia have a better goal aggregate.

Zambia who earlier on thrashed Mauritania 4-0 are on seven points and also have an outside chance of qualification.

Tunisia will host Zambia on the final match day while Equatorial Guinea is away to Mauritania, who are out of contention.

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Tunisia only need to win against Zambia to be sure of qualification.

The Equatoguineans will have to beat Mauritania and hope Tunisia drop points against The Chipolopolo.

Equatorial Guinea were rewarded for their industry and never say die attitude as they scored an 84th minute goal to give themselves a lifeline in the group.

Ganet scored the solitary goal with a thunderous shot from inside the box after Iban Salvador teed the ball up for him, off a cross from the left.

They had been knocking on the Tunisian door especially in the second half and got the most desired result to send the stadium into frenzy.

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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