Guinea-Bissau secured a place at the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time Sunday after closest rivals Congo Brazzaville lost 2-1 in Kenya.
Congo, needing at least a draw to keep alive hopes of winning Group E, suffered a surprise defeat despite taking the lead through a controversially awarded penalty. Guinea Bissau, who beat Zambia 3-2 Saturday with a goal from Brito six minutes into stoppage time, have an unassailable four point lead with one round left.
Ranked 31 in Africa and 115 in the world, Guinea Bissau never previously came close to reaching the biennial African football showcase. Many of the team coached by local Baciro Cande play in Portugal and favour Brazilian-style football names.
The real name of Brito, who is with top-flight outfit Sporting Clube de Braga, is Piqueti Djassi Brito Silva.
Prince Oniangue converted the penalty for Congo only for Ayub Timbe to equalise soon after and Eric Johanna scored the second-half winner for Kenya.
Captain Andre 'Dede' Ayew opened the scoring as Ghana triumphed 2-0 in Mauritius to also qualify for the Cup of Nations.
The Swansea City midfielder and son of former Ghana superstar Abedi 'Pele'
Ayew struck from close range after 71 minutes in Belle Vue on the Indian Ocean island.
Two Mauritians failed to cut off a cross and Ayew controlled the ball before firing a left-foot shot past outstanding goalkeeper Kevin Jean-Louis. Dominant Ghana sealed victory three minutes later through Chelsea midfielder Christian Atsu, who was voted the outstanding footballer of the 2015 Cup of Nations. Mauritius were battling to contain Ghanaian raids on the left flank and from one the ball was cut back for Atsu to score with a hard, low shot.
Ghana have 13 points, Rwanda and Mauritius six each and Mozambique four with one matchday to come in September.
Morocco, Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt and Senegal have also qualified for the January 21-February 12 tournament while Gabon are automatic participants as hosts.