13 January 2017
The qualifying draws for the 2019 African Cup of Nations were made on Thursday in Libreville, Gabon’s capital City.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria were drawn in Group E alongside South Africa, Libya and Seychelles. All four countries failed to reach the 2017 African Cup of Nations which kicks off in Gabon on Saturday.
Both South Africa and Nigeria were in the same group in the 2015 AFCON qualifiers. The Bafana Bafana finished as group leaders while Nigeria finished in third place and failed to qualify.
The Cartage Eagles of Tunisia were drawn alongside North Africa neighbour, Egypt, Niger Republic and Swaziland in Group J.
Defending Champions, Cote D’Ivoire are in Group H with Guinea, Central African Republic and Rwanda. Ghana faces Ethiopia, Sierra Leone and Kenya in Group F.
Chad Republic are banned from participating in the qualifiers as a result of their decision to pull out of the qualifiers for the 2017 AFCON. They were in the same group Nigeria.
The winners of each group will join the hosts Cameroon in the final tournament as well as the best three runners-up in all 12 Groups.
The qualifiers will kick off with the preliminary round between 20 – 28 March 2017.
MatchDay 1 of the group stage qualifiers will commence between 5 – 13 June 2017.
Group A – Senegal, Equatorial Guinea, Sudan, Sao Tome or Madagascar
Group B – Cameroon, Morocco, Malawi, Comoros or Mauritius
Group C – Mali, Gabon, Burundi, Djibouti or South Sudan
Group D – Algeria, Togo, Benin, Gambia
Group E – Nigeria, South Africa, Libya, Seychelles
Group F – Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sierra Leone
Group G – Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Zimbabwe, Liberia
Group H – Ivory Coast, Guinea, Central African Republic, Rwanda
Group I – Burkina Faso, Angola, Botswana, Mauritania
Group J – Tunisia, Egypt, Niger, Swaziland
Group K – Zambia, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Namibia
Group L – Cape Verde, Uganda, Tanzania, Lesotho
Cameroon will compete in Group B and points awarded in their matches. If Cameroon win the group, the runners-up will qualify; if they finish runners-up, the winners will qualify; if they finish third or fourth, the winners will qualify and the runners-up will compete for one of the three additional places
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
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