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Lesotho into final round of African Cup qualifying

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 4, 2014 at 3:15 am •  Published: August 4, 2014
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CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Lesotho has progressed to the final round of qualifying for next year's African Cup with a surprising victory over Kenya, prompting the Kenyan federation to fire its entire coaching staff.

Lesotho held on for a 0-0 draw in Kenya on Sunday to win the two legs 1-0 on aggregate, joining Uganda, Botswana, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Mozambique and another surprise, Rwanda, as the seven qualifiers for the final group stage.

The Kenyan federation said hours after the second leg in Nairobi that Algerian coach Adel Amrouche and his staff had all been sacked due to Kenya's "disastrous elimination."

Rwanda also upstaged bigger opposition by beating the Republic of Congo 2-0 at home Saturday to level the aggregate score 2-2 and force a penalty shootout. Rwanda then won the shootout 4-3.