The five African representatives to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar were decided on Tuesday following the second-leg fixtures.
As expected, it was dramatic, with unforgettable twists, and a number of key stars are set to miss out.
In the end, it was Ghana, Nigeria, Tunisia, Cameroon, and Senegal that punched their tickets, and will fly the African flag at the tournament, set for November/December in the Arab country.
Here are five key stars who will miss the tournament.
🇪🇬 Mohamed Salah
The Liverpool forward will not be at the World Cup after Egypt was dramatically knocked out by Senegal on Tuesday night.
Salah missed Egypt's first penalty in the shootout, and in the end, it was his Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane who scored the winning penalty to send the African champions through to the finals.
This was the second time in less than two months the two teams were meeting in a crunch match, having contested the AFCON 2021 finals in Cameroon in February.
🇩🇿 Riyad Mahrez
Algeria had a poor AFCON campaign when they were knocked out in the group stage, with the play-off against Cameroon their only chance to make things right.
It was not to happen though as they lost 2-1 on Tuesday night at home to the Indomitable Lions, who went through on away goals as they had lost the first leg 1-0 in Douala last week.
This means the Manchester City winger will watch the 2022 World Cup from home.
🇳🇬 Victor Osimhen
Nigeria played out an entertaining 1-1 draw at home to Ghana on Tuesday night, with the Black Stars qualifying on the away goal rule.
Osimhen, who missed the AFCON action, led the line for the Super Eagles, but could not help his side despite playing before thousands of home fans.
🇨🇮 Sebastien Haller
The Ajax forward has made a name for himself in the Eredivisie this season, scoring left, right, and centre.
He represented France in his youth career but chose the West African nation for the senior team.
The 27-year-old will however miss the Qatar showpiece as the Ivory Coast could not make it to the play-offs.
🇬🇳 Naby Keita
The Liverpool midfielder could not help his Guinea team past the group stages, and just like his club teammate Mohamed Salah, will not be lining up in Qatar.
Guinea had a terrible outing in the second round of CAF qualification as they failed to register a single win in the six matches played.
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