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BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS QUALIFICATION
Africa Cup of Nations is the main international men’s association football competition in Africa, which is organized every two years. To have the most impressive matches in the final games, the 24 best teams from the Qualification are thoroughly selected. Today, we will find out more about the Africa Cup of Nations Qualification as well as its structure to prepare for a perfect championship.
WHAT IS THE AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS?
Before finding out about the Africa Cup of Nations Qualification, let’s explore the most basic information about this competition! The official name of the cup is the CAF Africa Cup of Nations. It is also called the CAN, AFCON, or the Total Cup of Nations. This is the major international men’s association football competition in Africa, administered by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
The competition was first held in 1957. Since 1968, it has been organized every two years, then switched to odd-numbered years in 2013. The number of participating teams in the finals reached 16 in 1998. As of 20 July 2017, the Cup was moved from January to June and expanded from 16 to 24 teams.
Egypt win AFCON 2019
Egypt is the most successful nation in the cup’s history with 7 times winning the title. The current champion is Algeria with their second title in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
WHAT IS THE AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS QUALIFICATION?
Matches of the Africa Cup of Nations Qualification are organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to determine the teams participating in the final games of the African Cup of Nations. The tournament’s process lasts nearly 2 years to find out a total of the 24 best teams competing in the finals.
The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Qualification this year is the 33rd edition of the cup. The matches have taken place from 9 October 2019 to June 2021. There were 52 teams entering the competition, including the hosts Cameroon. Whereas, Eritrea and Somalia did not take part in the Qualification.
HOW IS THE FORMAT OF THE AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS QUALIFICATION?
To show you the clearest details of the Africa Cup of Nations fixtures, we will mention the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Qualification from now on.
The draw took place on 18 July 2019 in Cairo, Egypt. Teams were seeded based on their June 2019 FIFA World Rankings. All 44 teams from Pot 1 to Pot 4 directly qualified for the group stage while teams in Pot 5 had to compete at the Preliminary Round so as to advance to the Group Stage.
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, all matches from Matchday 3 had been postponed. On 30 June 2020, the CAF announced the rescheduling of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations to January 2022, with new dates to be arranged at a later date. The matches in order to find out AFCON qualifiers were now to be completed by March 2021. On 31 March 2021, it was confirmed that the final tournament will take place on 6 February 2022, one year after its initially scheduled start date.
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All eight teams of Pot 5 were drawn into 4 ties and played in a two-legged format (home and away). The four winners of the round advanced to the group stage in A4, B4, C4, and D4 positions to compete with 44 teams that were directly qualified.
Those 4 teams are Chad, South Sudan, São Tomé and Príncipe, and Gambia.
The 48 teams were put into 12 groups of 4 teams each (from Group A to Group L). In each group, there would be 2 teams with the highest results qualifying for the final tournament. The host of this season, Cameroon, joined the qualifiers with the best team in their group regardless of its ranking.
Teams’ results were ranked by points. There were 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, and no points for a loss. If tied on points, rules of the goal difference, goals scored, away goals are given to determine the winners.
The below Africa Cup of Nations table is the list of 24 qualifiers for the final tournament in 2021.
At the finals, 24 teams will be arranged into 6 groups of four. Teams in each group will play a single round-robin. The top two teams of each group and the four highest-ranked third-placed teams will qualify for the Round of 16.
Then, quarter-finals and semi-finals will take place. The semi-final losers will compete in a third-place match while the semi-final winners will contest the Africa Cup of Nations final.
TOP 10 BEST TEAMS IN THE AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS
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