Africa Cup of Nations 2012 Qualifiers: Algeria with Morocco
The draw for the 28th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations to be co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon in 2012 has taken place in Lubumbashi today.
A total of 44 teams will take place in the qualifying series. It is worth noting that following a scandalous CAF decision, Togo will not participate as it has been banned from 2 consecutive ACN. The CAF took that incredible decision to punish Togo for withdrawing from the 2010 Angola CAN after the bus carrying the players and staff was shot out with machine guns killing and injuring several persons in the bus.
The 44 teams will battle for 14 out of the ACN 16 spots, 2 of the spots being reserved for Equatorial Guinea and Gabon that automatically qualify for co-hosting the competition. . The winners of each group will qualify for the finals as well as the three best second placed teams.
Algeria is in group 4 which includes: Morocco, Tanzania and Central Africa. The fifa rankings of those three teams are, in respective order, 65, 108 and 200 out of 203. It is a manageable group with Morocco offering toughest test. Morocco we know but Tanzania and Central Africa we know less and that could lead to difficulties, let’s just hope we don’t repeat the Malawi ACN 2010 disaster…
Algeria’s first game will take place in Algiers on the 3rd or 4th or 5th of September 2010.
September 3/4/5 2010 : Algeria – Tanzania
October 8/9/10 2010 : Central Africa – Algeria
March 25/26/27 2011 : Algeria – Morocco
June 3/4/5 2011 : Morocco- Algeria
September 2/3/4 2011 : Tanzania – Algeria
October 7/8/9 2011: Algeria – Central Africa
2012 will be the last even year in which the CAN will take place; the following ACN will take place in uneven years starting in 2013 with Libya as host country.
Below are the details of the draw:
Togo no where as unfairly banned for 2 ACN cups by the CAF…
Mali, Cap Vert, Zimbabwe, Liberia
Nigeria, Guinea, Ethiopia, Madagascar
Zambia, Mozambique, Libya, Comoros
ALGERIA, Morocco, Tanzania, Central Africa
Cameroon, Senegal, RD Congo, Mauricius
Burkina Faso, Gambia, Namibia, Mauritania
Egypt, South AFrica, Sierra Leone, Niger
Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, Rwanda, Burundi
Ghana, Congo, Sudan, Swaziland
Angola, Uganda, Kenya, Guinea-Bissau
Tunisia, Malawi, Tchad, Botswana
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