Burkina Faso and Guinea booked their places at next year's African Cup of Nations finals from their respective qualifying groups.
Mamadou Coulibaly converted the decisive spot-kick to send Mali through to the African Nations Championship final with a shootout win over Guinea.
The African Nations Championship kicks off in Cameroon this weekend, with Africa's best home-based players contesting the biennial tournament.
Naby Keita has been tipped to turn his Liverpool career around by Michel Dussuyer, the man who gave the Guinea midfielder his international debut.
The Guinean season, which started in October, had only reached the halfway stage and was due to be completed in June.
Eight footballers from Guinea were killed when their team bus crashed on its way to a league game on Thursday.
Two players and a driver are dead after a top-flight Guinea football club's team bus crashed into a stationary truck.
Guinea were crowned the Plate champions of the 2019 WAFU Cup of Nations after beating Cape Verde 4-3 in a penalty shootout on Saturday.
The finalists were the top seeded sides ahead of the draw, and they have been among the most eye-catching teams going forward during the tournament.
A first-half goal from Daouda Camara handed Guinea a 1-0 win over Liberia in the Plate semifinal of the 2019 WAFU Cup of Nations.
Guinea-Bissau keeper Alberto Coli's horror error cost his side in a 2-0 loss to Guinea in the quarterfinals of the 2019 WAFU Cup of Nations Plate.
A 93rd-minute goal from Jerome Bonou handed Benin a 2-1 win over Guinea in game 8 of the 2019 WAFU Cup of Nations at the Stade Lat Dior Tuesday.
The fallout from the Africa Cup of Nations has continued apace this week, with Cameroon coach Clarence Seedorf shown the door on live TV.
Two superbly-taken goals from Youcef Belaili and Riyad Mahrez set Algeria on the way to a comfortable 3-0 win over Guinea.
Mohamed Yattara scored a brace of goals as Guinea defeated 10-man Burundi 2-0 in their Africa Cup of Nations Group B clash on Sunday.
Naby Keita's return from injury looks to have been short-lived, with Guinea announcing that he is set to miss their Afcon game against Burundi.
Nigeria became the first side to advance to the knockout stage of the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday as they beat Guinea 1-0.
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Naby Keita will miss the rest of the season and the Africa Cup of Nations after being ruled out for two months with a groin injury.
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Liverpool are sweating on the fitness of Naby Keita after the midfielder sustained a muscular injury in his leg on international duty with Guinea.
Abdoul Camara had been due to return to action with Guingamp this season after his 2017-18 campaign had been cut short by a knee injury.