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Morocco 2015

The draw for the AFCON Morocco 2015 (16 January – 7 February 2015) qualifiers will be held in Cairo, Egypt on 27 April 2014.

The qualifiers shall be played in the format of several preliminary rounds, as well as a group phase with seven groups consisting of four teams each. The two top teams of each group will then directly qualify for the Orange AFCON 2015, along with the 3rd place winners of the seven groups.

The group phase shall be held from September 5th to November 19th 2014. The final phase’s draw shall be conducted on November 26th 2014 in Morocco.

Out of the 51 countries engaged in these qualifiers, the top 21 teams listed in the CAF Ranking shall automatically qualify for the group phase. The seven others partaking in the group phase shall be determined following the conclusion of the preliminary rounds, held from May to August 2014.

The 21 Teams that will automatically qualify for the Group Stage:

1 Nigeria 2 Ghana 3 Côte d’Ivoire 4 Zambia 5 Burkina Faso 6 Mali 7 Tunisia 7 Morocco (Hosts) 8 Algeria 9 Angola 10 Cape Verde 11 Togo 12 Egypt 13 South Africa 14 Cameroon 15 DR Congo 16 Ethiopia 17 Gabon 18 Niger 19 Guinea 20 Senegal 21 Sudan

If the draw will be based on CAF Ranking, the pots will look like this:

Pot 1: Nigeria, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Zambia, Burkina Faso, Mali, Tunisia
Pot 2: Algeria, Angola, Cape Verde Islands, Togo, Egypt, South Africa, Cameroon
Pot 3: Congo DR, Ethiopia, Gabon, Niger, Guinea, Senegal, Sudan
Pot 4: 7 teams from the preliminary rounds

The 30 Preliminary Round Teams:

22 Libya 23 Equatorial Guinea 24 Botswana 25 Malawi 26 Uganda 27 Mozambique 28 Benin 29 Sierra Leone 30 Congo 31 Central African Republic 32 Zimbabwe 33 Kenya 34 Liberia 35 Gambia 35 Rwanda 37 Tanzania 38 Namibia 39 Burundi 40 Lesotho 41 Guinea Bissau 41 Madagascar 43 Chad 43 São Tomé and Príncipe 43 Seychelles 46 Comoros 46 Mauritius 46 Swaziland 49 Eritrea 49 Mauritania 51 South Sudan

Initially, 53 CAF members had signed up for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. Sometime last year, CAF had released the format based on the 53 CAF members that had signed up. There would have been five two legged preliminary round ties involving only the 10 lowest ranked nations. The five winners would have then joined the other 43 nations in 12 groups of 4. The winner from each group would have qualified for a place in the final tournament in Morocco along with the 3 best second placed teams. Preliminary round – CAF would have used FIFA ranking. Group Stage – CAF would have used CAF Ranking

Since only 51 teams will take part, on 21 February CAF announced the following:

1st Preliminary Round: The 4 lowest ranked teams

1st leg (11-13 April 2014): Mauritius vs Mauritania; Eritrea vs South Sudan
2nd leg (18-20 April 2014): Mauritania vs Mauritius; South Sudan vs Eritrea

2nd Preminary Round: 2 winners from above + 26 Teams = 28

16 May – 18 May 2014: 1st leg
30 May – 1 June 2014: 2nd leg

3rd Preliminary Round: The 14 winners from the 2nd Preliminary Round

18 – 20 July 2014: 1st leg
1 – 3 August 2014: 2nd leg

Group Stage (7 groups): Top 21 + the 7 teams from the 3rd Preliminary Round:

Match day 1: 5-6 September 2014
Match day 2: 10 September 2014
Match day 3: 10-11 October 2014
Match day 4: 15 October 2014
Match day 5: 14-15 November 2014
Match day 6: 19 November 2014

The two top teams of each group will then directly qualify for the Orange AFCON 2015, along with the 3rd place winners of the seven groups. There will be 16 Teams (including hosts Morocco) at AFCON 2015

HERE is a poll?

Will Malawi make it to the Group Stage? Why not?

The Flames’s last competitive match was against Nigeria in September 2013. They had been inactive until last Wednesday.

Malawi 1:4 Zimbabwe (International Friendly – 5 March 2014)

We have seen quite a number of mistakes but there were also positives. We need more friendlies” – Malawi Coach Young Chimodzi (This was his first match as Head Coach – He was part of the technical panel that was fired early last year)

Better lessons are learned the hard way… Firstly, we feel very bad that we have lost. It is a disappointing result, but it was also bad for our fans to support Zimbabwe. We felt disowned because they were the people to lift our spririts. We just have to say sorry to them” – Flames right winger John CJ Banda


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By Amuapi | March 9th, 2014 at 2:38 pm
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@ sscouser Swaziland is one of the first lowest ranked teams. Why will Swaziland not take part in the first preliminary round?

By sscouser | March 10th, 2014 at 10:10 am
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Amuapi, here are the 4 lowest ranked teams according to CAF Ranking

46 Comoros (0.5 points)
46 Mauritius (0.5 points)
46 Swaziland (0.5 points)
49 Eritrea (0 points)
49 Mauritania (0 points)
51 South Sudan (o points)

Please note that on position 46 there are 3 teams. They are listed in alphabetical order.

* Teams that share the same number of points in total will be decided by the number of points they scored in the latest editions of AFCON (2013, then 2012 then 2010)*

The three teams 0.5 points (each) are from being knocked out in the first round of the AFCON 2012 Qualifiers

Comoros (Group C with Zambia, Libya Mozambique) – ended up with a point
Swaziland (Group I with Ghana, Sudan and Congo) – ended up with 0 points and -12 GD
Mauritius (Group E with Senegal, Cameroon and Congo DR) – ended up with 0 points and -20 GD

Comoros and Swaziland ahead of Mauritius.

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By sscouser | March 10th, 2014 at 10:54 am
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Where European football goes, the rest of the world follows? Following UEFA president Michel Platini’s decision to increase the number of teams at Euro 2020 from 16 to 24 came the announcement in January 2014 that the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) would do the same with the 2019 Asian Cup.

Should CAF do the same so teams like Uganda can also qualify?

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By The Ugandan... | March 10th, 2014 at 3:42 pm
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We felt disowned because they were the people to lift our spririts. We just have to say sorry to them” – Flames right winger John CJ Banda

:lol: :lol: The Flames were so bad against Zimbabwe that their fans started supporting the opponents. That’s a new low.

At this rate, even a Nations Cup expansion will not help Malawi.

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By sscouser | March 10th, 2014 at 5:07 pm
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The Ugandan…, the fans were trying to motivate the Flames by supporting their opponents but it backfired :lol:

The Flames lost to Zimbabwe because they had been inactive since September 2013. Zimbabwe made it to the Semi-Finals of CHAN South Africa 2014.

At this rate, even a Nations Cup expansion will not help Malawi.”

Malawi will qualify for Morocco 2015. If Uganda will also qualify, it will be because Malawi and Uganda will not meet in 2nd Preliminary Round.

I think the following teams will be seeded (for the 2nd Preliminary Round Draw):

22 Libya
23 Equatorial Guinea
24 Botswana
25 Malawi
26 Uganda
27 Mozambique
28 Benin
29 Sierra Leone
30 Congo
31 Central African Republic
32 Zimbabwe
33 Kenya
34 Liberia
35 Gambia or Rwanda

Not seeded

35 Rwanda or Gambia
37 Tanzania
38 Namibia
39 Burundi
40 Lesotho
41 Guinea Bissau
41 Madagascar
43 Chad
43 São Tomé and Príncipe
43 Seychelles
46 Comoros
46 Swaziland
46 Mauritius vs Mauritania (49)
49 Eritrea vs South Sudan (51)

If the draw will be based on CAF Ranking and highest ranked team vs lowest ranked team then these will be the the match-ups:

1. Libya vs Eritrea/South Sudan
2. Equatorial Guinea vs Mauritius/Mauritania
3. Botswana vs Swaziland
4. Malawi vs Comoros
5. Uganda vs São Tomé and Príncipe or Seychelles or Chad
6. Mozambique vs São Tomé and Príncipe or Seychelles or Chad
7. Benin vs São Tomé and Príncipe or Seychelles or Chad
8. Sierra Leone vs Madagascar or Guinea Bissau
9. Congo vs Madagascar or Guinea Bissau
10. C.A.R vs Lesotho
11. Zimbabwe vs Burundi
12. Kenya vs Namibia
13. Liberia vs Tanzania
14. Gambia vs Rwanda

CAF might use March or April FIFA Ranking just to prove me wrong.

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By The Ugandan... | March 11th, 2014 at 2:56 pm
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the fans were trying to motivate the Flames by supporting their opponents but it backfired :lol:

Then the Malawi fans deserve what they got. Even I know better than to do such a thing against a mentally weak group of players like the Malawi Flames. :lol:

They need their captain back.

CAF should use the latest rankings because there is no way Malawi should be ranked above Uganda. It does not make any sense. :-)

By sscouser | March 11th, 2014 at 5:36 pm
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The Ugandan…, “History books were written again as Nkana ejected Kampala Capital City Authority Football FC from the competition winning 2-1 at Mandela National Stadium to progress 4-3 on aggregate

What a waste of taxpayers money :lol:

They need their captain back

Joseph Kamwendo? He is back and he played. By the way, the new captain is Moses Chavula.

CAF should use the latest rankings because there is no way Malawi should be ranked above Uganda. It does not make any sense :lol:

How many matches have you (Uganda Cranes) lost this year? It seems you are afraid of São Tomé and Príncipe or Seychelles or Chad.

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By The Ugandan... | March 12th, 2014 at 10:10 pm
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You guys finally paid your server bills :lol:

@sscouser, the FIFA rankings conundrum is that teams that are active dropped in rankings after CHAN.

KCCA just couldn’t finish and were naive too. Apparently mid-table Uganda league teams would have beaten Nkana. At least they showed up. Malawi teams didn’t even bother. :lol:

I hear Malawi is withdrawing for Afcon 2015 to focus on the U-20 team. :lol:

I feel for the fans and players.

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