1962 African Cup of Nations qualification

This page details the process of qualifying for the 1962 African Cup of Nations. 7 African nations initially entered the competition. Ethiopia and Egypt both automatically qualified as the host country and title holders respectively. Morocco would withdraw before play began, thus leaving only 5 teams vying for the remaining two spots in the finals.

Qualified teamsEdit

The 4 qualified teams are:


The 6 nations were paired 2-by-2 and played knock-out matches home-and-away. The 3 winners would then advance to the second round and pair off again to play home-and-away matches. The winners of these pairings would qualify for the finals. Qualifying took place between April 8, 1961, and December 10, 1961.

First roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg 3rd leg
Morocco   w/o   Tunisia
Nigeria   2–2 (d.l.)   Ghana 0–0 2–2
Kenya   1–3   Uganda 0–1 1–0 0–2
Tunisia  Cancelled  Morocco
Morocco  Cancelled  Tunisia

Tunisia advanced to the Second Round after the withdrawal of Morocco; both matches were officially awarded to Tunisia 2–0.

Nigeria  0–0  Ghana

The aggregate score was tied 2-2 after the two matches; Nigeria advanced to the Second Round after drawing lots.

Kenya  0–1  Uganda
Odong   17'
Uganda  0–1  Kenya
Opicho   75'

The aggregate score was tied 1-1 after the two matches. While the regulations stipulated that the tie should be decided on lots, Kenya and Uganda felt it should be decided on the pitch. CAF agreed to their request to stage a playoff.

Uganda  2–0  Kenya
Ssewava   50'
Fauza   80'

Second roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Nigeria   2–3   Tunisia 2–1 0–2
Uganda   Bye
Nigeria  2–1  Tunisia
Noquapor   30'84' Klibi   25'
Tunisia  2–2
(end score at 65')
(awarded score)
Chérif   21'
Chetali   65'
Onyeawuna   12'
Igweonu   25'

Nigeria walked off after Tunisia's equalizer in the 65th minute. Tunisia was thus awarded a 2–0 win, and qualified for the final by an aggregate score of 3–2.
Uganda qualify directly after a lot drawn by CAF between the three group winners (Nigeria, Uganda, Tunisia).

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