Seri helps AFCON champions through
Jean Michael Seri featured as reigning champions Côte d'Ivoire clinched their place in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
Serge Nguessan (AS Nancy Lorraine) and Ismaël Diomande (SM Caen) joined the OGC Nice midfielder played as the Elephants scraped through with a 1-1 draw against Sierra Leone. Nguessan might even have won it for the Ivorians, but struck the woodwork late on before then making a last-ditch goalline clearance in added time to earn a place in the final tournament in Gabon.
Cape Verde stars Ryan Mendes (LOSC Lille) and Jerson Cabral (SC Bastia) will not be among the Ligue 1 players at the tournament, however, after losing their final qualifier 1-0 to Libya.
Benjamin Moukandjo (FC Lorient) and Toko Ekambi (Angers SCO) both scored for Cameroon in a 2-0 win over Gambia. The Indomitable Lions had already qualified for the finals before kick-off. LOSC Lille's Younousse Sankharé was in the Senegal starting line-up as they ended their successful qualifying campaign with a 2-0 defeat of Namibia.