AFCON COUNTDOWN: A Look at the 2017 Qualification Campaign

It is exactly 29 days to the kickoff of the 2017 African cup of Nations that will take place in Gabon starting 14th January to 05 February.

ChimpSport brings you a build up the biggest football extravaganza in Africa with detailed analysis on every team, doctor preparations and insight news about the tournament.

Today, we focus on the qualification campaign in which 16 teams (including Gabon the hosts) made it to the final tournament.

52 teams entered into a draw that was held on 8th April 2016 at Marriott Hotel, in Cairo Egypt where the hosts (Gabon) were also announced.

Gabon were also included in the qualification process, however, the games were considered friendlies had no effect on the table standings.

Seeding Confederation of African Football (CAF) came up with a format to seed the teams in different pots depending on; 2014 FIFA World cup qualifying tournament, Most three recent AFCON editions, Qualifying campaigns of the above mentioned AFCON editions.

The performance in the above three categories would determine which pot a team would fall into.

Ivory Coast, Ghana,Tunisia, Burkina Faso, Mali, Nigeria, Algeria, Zambia, Cape Verde, DR Congo, Guinea, Senegal, Cameroon

Somalia South Africa, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Angola, Ethiopia, Togo, Morocco, Niger, Egypt, Uganda, Malawi, Sudan, Mozambique

Botswana, Libya, Sierra Leone, Lesotho, Kenya, Benin, Rwanda, Tanzania, Central African Republic, Zimbabwe, Liberia, Namibia

Guinea Bissau, Seychelles, Burundi, Mauritania, Chad, Madagascar, Sao Tome and Principle, Comoros, Swaziland, South Sudan, Mauritius, Djibouti

POT X Gabon (Hosts) Non Participants Eriteria Somalia

The teams were drawn into 13 teams each comprising of 4 teams including the hosts Gabon.

The group leaders qualified automatically and were joined by two best runners up and hosts, Gabon to make a total of 16 teams.

In the next edition, we look at how the teams were drawn in the 13 groups and how they qualified for the final tournament.


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