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Algeria seal 2017 AFCON berth after win at Seychelles

Algeria beat Seychelles away from home without the services of star trio Riyad Mahrez, Yacine Brahimi and Islam Slimani

Ahram Online , Thursday 2 Jun 2016
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Algerian players and officials celebrate after Nabil Bentaleb, scored a goal against Senegal during their final Group C African Cup soccer match at Estadio De Malabo in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 (AP)
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Algeria were the second African side to secure a spot at next year's African Cup of Nations after Morocco following a 2-0 qualifying away win at Seychelles on Thursday.

Goals either side of the interval from Yassince Benzia and Dinamo Zagreb forward El-Arabi Soudani ensured Algeria's progression to the biennial tournament with just one round to go, topping Group J on 13 points.

Algeria had to do without English Premier League winner Riyad Mahrez and Porto midfielder Yacine Brahimi due to injury, with another star in Islam Slimani suspended.

Second-placed side Ethiopia are eight points behind the North Africans, but the former will still visit Lesotho in Maseru on June 5 for their penultimate group game.

Morocco were the first African side to guarantee qualification for the 2017 Gabon finals after beating Cape Verde 2-0 in March.

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