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Tunisia’s players react at the end of the African Cup of Nations Group E football match against South Africa in Korhogo, Ivory Coast, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe).

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ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Mali, South Africa and Namibia all advanced to the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday when they took part in the tournament’s first goalless games.

Mali’s 0-0 draw with Namibia was enough to top Group E, while South Africa clinched second place on goal difference from Namibia by drawing 0-0 with Tunisia.

Mali finished with five points, one more than South Africa and Namibia, while Tunisia were eliminated after finishing bottom of the group.

Namibia progressed as one of the four best third-place finishers, which was bad news for host nation Ivory Coast. The Elephants were left to hope that Group F leader Morocco beat Zambia in their final group game later Wednesday to stay among the four best third-place finishers.

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