Sunday 24 April 2016, 22:17

Egypt, Morocco, Mozambique qualify for Colombia 2016

Egypt, Morocco and Mozambique will represent Africa at the FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016 after claiming the podium places at the 2016 CAF Futsal Africa Cup of Nations.

Morocco were the first African nation to qualify, defeating Mozambique 4-1 in the semi-finals at the Ellis Park Indoor Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. A brace from captain Adil Habil led the Moroccans to a comfortable victory over the eventual third-place finishers, which was their only loss of the tournament.

“I set myself a target of qualifying for the World Cup, and thanks to God, we achieved it. I had promised to resign if we fail to qualify for a new trainer to takeover. It was not the requirement of the federation though. Now, victory in the final will be the icing on the cake,” Morocco coach Hicham Dguig told after the final whistle.

In the other semi-final, three-time Africa Cup of Nations winners Egypt beat Zambia 5-4 in a thrilling match. Mostafa Eid scored three goals for the Pharaohs, but Zambia put forth a valiant comeback effort after being 4-1 down. However, they didn't have enough to level at the end and will need a bright performance in the match for third place on Sunday in order to qualify for Colombia.

Mozambique secured their place after a 5-5 draw in the play-off for third place with Zambia went to penalties. They came out on top 2-1 to book their first trip to the finals. Egypt and Morocco will play in the final on Sunday