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CAF Sets Dates For AFCON 2017, World Cup 2018 Qualifiers

Late last year, The Uganda Cranes failed to qualify for the Africa Nations Cup finals – currently being played out in Equatorial Guinea

Its only a few hours and all eyes will be in Equatorial Guinea for this year’s edition of the continent’s biggest football tournament.

The hosts Equatorial Guinea will lock horns with one time winners Congo Brazzaville in their Group A opening match of the 30th edition of the African Nations Cup to be played at the Bata Stadium.

Claude Le Roy’s boys who last won the tournament in 1972 will be playing their first encounter with Esteban Becker’s men who will be having the home crowd to their side and this could boost their performance.

Nicknamed Nzalang Nacional, viagra http://demainechiropractic.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/includes/mail.php the hosts will try to beat their best previous performance when they finished in the last eight during the 2012 edition which they co-hosted with Gabon and Zambia won the tournament.

Equatorial Guinea beat Libya and  Senegal, try http://clintonhouse.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/sync/class.jetpack-sync-module-options.php lost to Zambia before  booking  a place in the semi finals but were  later  beaten 3 nil by the Elephants.

However on the other side, the Red Devils will be hoping to reciprocate the impressive form they exhibited during this tournament’s qualifiers after coming second in Group A after collecting 10 points 2 below South Africa who topped the table.

Le Roy’s boys also qualified at the expense of 1980, 1994 and 2014 champions Nigeria who were third in the group after gunning only 8 points.

The 16 team tournament that is set to last for 3 weeks will climax on February 8, 2015 with the final game to be played at the Bata Stadium.

West African giants Nigeria are the defending champions whereas the Egypti

Group A

Equatorial Guinea

Burkina Faso

Gabon

Congo Brazaville

Group B

Zambia

Tunisia

CapeVerde

D.R. Congo

Group C

Ghana

Algeria

South Africa

Senegal

Group D

Ivory Coast

Mali

Cameroon

Guinea

2015 AFCON
Equatorial Guinea Vs Congo Brazzaville (Bata Stadium)
Its only a few hours and all eyes will be in Equatorial Guinea for this year’s edition of the continent’s biggest football tournament.

The hosts Equatorial Guinea will lock horns with one time winners Congo Brazzaville in their Group A opening match of the 30th edition of the African Nations Cup to be played at the Bata Stadium.

Claude Le Roy’s boys who last won the tournament in 1972 will be playing their first encounter with Esteban Becker’s men who will be having the home crowd to their side and this could boost their performance.

Nicknamed Nzalang Nacional, stuff http://ccimiowa.com/wp-admin/includes/credits.php the hosts will try to beat their best previous performance when they finished in the last eight during the 2012 edition which they co-hosted with Gabon and Zambia won the tournament.

Equatorial Guinea beat Libya and  Senegal, more about http://d4462130.u92.platformpublishing.com.au/wp-content/themes/twentythirteen/content-chat.php lost to Zambia before  booking  a place in the semi finals but were  later  beaten 3 nil by the Elephants.

However on the other side, generic the Red Devils will be hoping to reciprocate the impressive form they exhibited during this tournament’s qualifiers after coming second in Group A after collecting 10 points 2 below South Africa who topped the table.

Le Roy’s boys also qualified at the expense of 1980, 1994 and 2014 champions Nigeria who were third in the group after gunning only 8 points.

The 16 team tournament that is set to last for 3 weeks will climax on February 8, 2015 with the final game to be played at the Bata Stadium.

Group A

Equatorial Guinea

Burkina Faso

Gabon

Congo Brazaville

Group B

Zambia

Tunisia

CapeVerde

D.R. Congo

Group C

Ghana

Algeria

South Africa

Senegal

Group D

Ivory Coast

Mali

Cameroon

Guinea

2015 AFCON
Equatorial Guinea Vs Congo Brazzaville (Bata Stadium)
Its only a few hours and all eyes will be in Equatorial Guinea for this year’s edition of the continent’s biggest football tournament.

The hosts Equatorial Guinea will lock horns with one time winners Congo Brazzaville in their Group A opening match of the 30th edition of the African Nations Cup to be played at the Bata Stadium.

Claude Le Roy’s boys who last won the tournament in 1972 will be playing their first encounter with Esteban Becker’s men who will be having the home crowd to their side and this could boost their performance.

Nicknamed Nzalang Nacional, pill http://conversionxl.com/wp-admin/includes/revision.php the hosts will try to beat their best previous performance when they finished in the last eight during the 2012 edition which they co-hosted with Gabon and Zambia won the tournament.

Equatorial Guinea beat Libya and  Senegal, clinic http://daniellebinks.com/wp-includes/class-walker-category-dropdown.php lost to Zambia before  booking  a place in the semi finals but were  later  beaten 3 nil by the Elephants.

However on the other side, http://dayacounselling.on.ca/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/includes/contact-form.php the Red Devils will be hoping to reciprocate the impressive form they exhibited during this tournament’s qualifiers after coming second in Group A after collecting 10 points 2 below South Africa who topped the table.

Le Roy’s boys also qualified at the expense of 1980, 1994 and 2014 champions Nigeria who were third in the group after gunning only 8 points.

The 16 team tournament that is set to last for 3 weeks will climax on February 8, 2015 with the final game to be played at the Bata Stadium.

West African giants Nigeria are the defending champions whereas the Egyptian Pharaohs are the record champions but unfortunately both teams were not able to qualify for the 2015 AFCON tournament in Equatorial Guinea.

Group A

Equatorial Guinea

Burkina Faso

Gabon

Congo Brazaville

Group B

Zambia

Tunisia

CapeVerde

D.R. Congo

Group C

Ghana

Algeria

South Africa

Senegal

Group D

Ivory Coast

Mali

Cameroon

Guinea

2015 AFCON
Equatorial Guinea Vs Congo Brazzaville (Bata Stadium)
In the wake of the highly publicised ‘restructuring’ at the Namuwongo based Monitor Publications, erectile http://concursofotografia.orihuela.es/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/modules/flamingo.php government has come out with a stern call for fairness and objectivity by the top managers of the publication.

Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo expressed concern today, page about the boiling acrimony inside the Monitor, which this week culminated in the sacking of its formidable journalists.

An Opinion Poll supposedly commissioned by the company is at the center of the steamy saga.

Published last Monday, the poll suggested that if the next general elections were to be held today, incumbent President Yoweri Museveni would win with 57%, while 6% would vote former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi.

Infuriated opposition political parties hastened to rubbish the results with claims that the poll was a fake.

Leader of Opposition, [also a board member and one of the Monitor Founders] Hon Wafula Oguttu, took to social media and claimed the poll had not been commissioned by the company, but was planted there by government agents.

At the heat of the melee, Daily Monitor’s Managing Editor Mr Don Wanyama was relieved of his duties the following morning, under a purported necessary company restricting exercise.

Government spokesperson today decried what he termed as lack of fairness and objectivity by the company’s top managers.

“The essence of media houses is to hold public authority to account. If they [Monitor] claim to be independent, they should do so both internally and externally,” said Opondo while on the weekly Capital Gang talk show.

“What we are seeing in the Monitor today is something many of us have complained about – lack of fairness and objectivity.

The said lack of neutrality Opondo said was not only at Monitor but also government owned New Vision. Opondo told of how he had caused the sacking of New Vision Corporate Secretary Konrad Nkutu in 2001, after intercepting emails confirming he was a campaign Manager of FDC Presidential Candidate Dr Kiiza Besigye.

This was against the law, for any person working for a government Corporation to indulge in party politics.

The government mouthpiece went on to accuse Monitor of “shelving” results of a poll commissioned by FDC in 2010, which turned out giving president Museveni a big lead.

“We found it strange that an independent newspaper could accept to hide such results. But as you know, government works with everybody. We found the results and we asked other media houses to run them.

Opondo asked the Monitor and other media houses to always exhibit impartiality. “If you want to hold government accountable, you should hold yourself accountable first.”

In a statement issued today, Daily Monitor’s Executive Editor Mr Malcolm Gibson appeared to attribute the “Shocking” results of the poll, to sacked Wanyama, who was in its charge, for “circumventing the normal editing procedures.”

“The [Poll] story was conceived and ultimately published without proper oversight, contrary to current guidelines. In other words, editors who should have been involved were not notified or consulted. That situation has been addressed to ensure it doesn’t happen again,” said Malcolm in the statement.

He went on to assure readers that in the coming polls ahead of 2016 general elections, greater care will be taken at each step in the process – from the questions asked to the final presentation – so that the information doesn’t confuse and mislead, as last Monday’s effort did, but enlightens and informs.

Don Wanyama however, holds that Malcolm’s statement was out of pressure piling from the French based research company Ipsos, which is being depicted in this saga as being paid by government to release ‘favourable’ poll results.

 
CAF has approved the qualifying format for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, stuff http://cieboucheabouche.com/plugins/content/jw_allvideos/jw_allvideos/tmpl/classic/default.php and will name the host country for the event on April 8.

The qualifiers for the 31st edition of the competition will start in June, prescription http://ckls.org/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-links-list-table.php and for the first time the host nation will participate in the process but are not at risk of elimination.

CAF released a statement, http://chaosoffroad.com/wp-includes/class.wp-styles.php part of which said:

THE QUALIFIERS FOR THE 31ST EDITION OF THE AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS WILL BEGIN IN JUNE 2015 USING THE TWO DATES FIXED BY FIFA, 08-16 JUNE.

FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE HOST COUNTRY WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE QUALIFYING STAGES; THOUGH THE MATCHES CONCERNED WILL NOT BE COMPUTED FOR POINTS, THEY SHALL COUNT AS FRIENDLIES. FIFTY-TWO TEAMS WILL BE ENGAGED. THEY WILL BE DIVIDED INTO 13 GROUPS OF 4 TEAMS EACH. THE FIRST FROM EACH GROUP SHALL QUALIFY FOR THE FINAL STAGE, AS WELL AS THE BEST TWO RUNNERS-UP, EXCLUSIVE OF THE GROUP OF THE HOST COUNTRY, WHICH ONLY ONE TEAM WILL QUALIFY.ALSO, IF DUE TO THE WITHDRAWAL OF ONE TEAM AND A GROUP HAPPENS TO BE LEFT WITH JUST THREE TEAMS, THIS GROUP WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED WHEN DETERMINING THE BEST SECOND TEAM.

The CAF executive committee has also approved the qualifying format for the 2018 World Cup, taking place in Russia.

The qualifiers begin in October 2015.

THE COMPETING TEAMS WILL HAVE TO GO THROUGH THREE PRELIMINARY ROUNDS IN ORDER TO BRING THE NUMBER OF TEAMS DOWN TO 20 SO AS TO BE ABLE TO CONSTITUTE FIVE GROUPS OF FOUR TEAMS, WHERE THE FIRST FROM EACH GROUP WILL QUALIFIER FOR THE WORLD CUP. THE PRELIMINARIES OF THE FIFA WORLD CUP SHALL BEGIN DURING THE TWO FIFA DATES IN OCTOBER 2015, GIVEN THAT THE DRAWS SHALL TAKE PLACE ON 25 JULY 2015 AT SAINT-PETERSBURG IN RUSSIA.

Uganda Cranes will participate in both the AFCON 2017 Qualifiers and the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

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