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2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification matches were organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to decide the participating teams of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, the 31st edition of the international men's football championship of Africa. A total of 16 teams qualified to play in the final tournament, including Gabon who qualified automatically as hosts.[1]

2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
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Tournament details
Dates12 June 2015 – 4 September 2016
Teams51 (from 1 confederation)
Tournament statistics
Matches played144
Goals scored363 (2.52 per match)
Top scorer(s)Algeria El Arabi Hillel Soudani
(7 goals)
2015
2019

Contents

DrawEdit

A total of 52 teams entered the tournament, including the hosts (Gabon) which qualified automatically for the final tournament. The draw for the qualification stage took place on 8 April 2015, immediately after the announcement of the host nation,[2] originally scheduled at 12:30 UTC+2 at the Marriott ‘Zamalek’ Hotel in Cairo, Egypt,[3] but delayed to 15:00.[4] The host nation team (Gabon) was also drawn into a group and played games against those in that group; however, these matches were only be considered as friendlies and not counted for the standings.

Due to the cancellation of Morocco being hosts of the 2015 edition, the national team of Morocco were originally banned by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to enter the 2017 and 2019 Africa Cups of Nations.[5] However, the ban was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, allowing Morocco to enter the tournament.[6]

SeedingEdit

For seeding, the teams were ranked using CAF's own system which were calculated based on the team's performance in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying tournament, the three most recent editions the Africa Cup of Nations, and their qualifying campaigns.[7][8]

Pot Rank Team Tournaments and weighting factor Total
2015 AFCON 2015 AFCON Q. 2013 AFCON 2013 AFCON Q. 2012 AFCON 2012 AFCON Q. 2014 FIFA WC Q.
× 3 × 2 × 2 × 1 × 1 × 0.5 × 1
Pot 1 1   Ivory Coast 24 8 6 3 6 2 7 56
2   Ghana 18 10 8 3 4 2 7 52
3   Tunisia 9 10 4 3 3 1.5 5 35.5
4   Burkina Faso 3 8 12 3 1 2 5 34
5   Mali 6 8 8 3 4 2 3 34
6   Nigeria 6 16 3 1.5 7 33.5
7   Algeria 9 10 2 3 1 7 32
8   Zambia 3 8 4 3 8 2 3 31
9   Cape Verde 6 10 6 3 1.5 3 29.5
10   DR Congo 12 6 4 3 1 2 28
11   Guinea 9 8 2 2 2 3 26
12   Senegal 6 8 2 1 2 5 24
13   Cameroon 3 10 2 1.5 7 23.5
Pot 2 14   South Africa 3 10 6 1.5 3 23.5
Pot X 15   Gabon (Host) 6 10 2 3 2 23
Pot 2 16   Congo 9 8 1 1 3 22
17   Equatorial Guinea 12 1 2 3 1 19
18   Angola 6 2 3 2 2 2 17
19   Ethiopia 4 2 3 1 5 15
20   Togo 4 6 3 0.5 1 14.5
21   Morocco 4 3 2 2 3 14
22   Niger 4 2 3 1 2 1 13
23   Egypt 6 1 0.5 5 12.5
24   Uganda 6 2 1.5 3 12.5
25   Malawi 6 2 1 3 12
26   Sudan 4 2 3 1.5 1 11.5
27   Mozambique 6 2 1 2 11
Pot 3 28   Botswana 4 2 1 2 2 11
29   Libya 1 2 2 1.5 3 9.5
30   Sierra Leone 4 2 1 2 9
31   Lesotho 4 2 6
32   Kenya 2 1 1 2 6
33   Benin 2 1 0.5 2 5.5
34   Rwanda 2 1 1.5 1 5.5
35   Tanzania 2 1 0.5 2 5.5
36   Central African Republic 1 2 1.5 1 5.5
37   Zimbabwe 1 2 1 1 5
38   Liberia 1 2 0.5 1 4.5
39   Gambia 1 1 1.5 1 4.5
40   Namibia 1 1 1 1 4
Pot 4 41   Guinea-Bissau 2 1 0.5 3.5
42   Seychelles 2 1 3
43   Burundi 1 1 1 3
44   Mauritania 2 0.5 2.5
45   Chad 1 1 0.5 2.5
45   Madagascar 1 1 0.5 2.5
47   São Tomé and Príncipe 1 1 2
48   Comoros 1 0.5 1.5
48   Swaziland 1 0.5 1.5
50   South Sudan 1 1
51   Mauritius 0.5 0.5
52   Djibouti 0
Non-participants

ProcedureEdit

The draw procedure is as follows:[9]

  • The hosts are placed in its own Pot X. A drawing of lots determines which group the hosts are "drawn" to play friendlies against (meaning this group in effect only has three teams).
  • The 13 teams in Pot 1 are drawn, with each group containing one team.
  • The 13 teams in Pot 2 are drawn, with each group containing one team.
  • The 13 teams in Pot 3 are drawn, with each group containing one team.
  • The 12 teams in Pot 4 are drawn, with each group, except the one with only three teams (where the host had already been "drawn" into), containing one team.

FormatEdit

There were thirteen groups, twelve with four teams and one with three teams (plus the host nation which play friendlies with the three teams). The group winners and two best overall runners-up qualified for the tournament.[2] When determining the best runners-up, the group of the host nation (where only matches between three teams were counted for the standings) was not considered, as well as any group where only three teams were left due to withdrawal of one team.[2]

TiebreakersEdit

The teams were ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If tied on points, tiebreakers were applied in the following order:[10]

  1. Number of points obtained in games between the teams concerned;
  2. Goal difference in games between the teams concerned;
  3. Goals scored in games between the teams concerned;
  4. Away goals scored in games between the teams concerned;
  5. If, after applying criteria 1 to 4 to several teams, two teams still have an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 4 are reapplied exclusively to the matches between the two teams in question to determine their final rankings. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 6 to 9 apply;
  6. Goal difference in all games;
  7. Goals scored in all games;
  8. Away goals scored in all games;
  9. Drawing of lots.

ScheduleEdit

The qualifiers started with the first matches played in the FIFA international dates of 8–16 June 2015.[2][11]

Matchday Date
Matchday 1 12–14 June 2015
Matchday 2 4–6 September 2015
Matchday 3 23–26 March 2016
Matchday 4 27–29 March 2016
Matchday 5 3–5 June 2016
Matchday 6 2–4 September 2016

GroupsEdit

  The thirteen group winners and the two best runners-up qualified for the final tournament.

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
1   Tunisia 6 4 1 1 16 3 +13 13 Final tournament 1–0 4–1 8–1
2   Togo 6 3 2 1 11 4 +7 11 0–0 2–1 5–0
3   Liberia 6 3 1 2 11 8 +3 10 1–0 2–2 5–0
4   Djibouti 6 0 0 6 1 24 −23 0 0–3 0–2 0–1
Source: CAF

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
1   DR Congo 6 5 0 1 16 6 +10 15 Final tournament 4–1 2–1 2–1
2   Central African Republic 6 3 1 2 9 11 −2 10 2–0 3–1 2–1
3   Angola 6 1 2 3 7 8 −1 5 0–2 4–0 1–1
4   Madagascar 6 0 3 3 5 12 −7 3 1–6 1–1 0–0
Source: CAF

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
1   Mali 6 5 1 0 13 3 +10 16 Final tournament 5–2 1–0 2–0
2   Benin 6 3 2 1 12 10 +2 11 1–1 2–1 4–1
3   Equatorial Guinea 6 1 1 4 6 6 0 4 0–1 1–1 4–0
4   South Sudan 6 1 0 5 3 15 −12 3 0–3 1–2 1–0
Source: CAF

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
1   Burkina Faso 6 4 1 1 6 2 +4 13 Final tournament 1–0 2–1 2–0
2   Uganda 6 4 1 1 6 2 +4 13 0–0 2–0 1–0
3   Botswana 6 2 0 4 5 8 −3 6 1–0 1–2 2–1
4   Comoros 6 1 0 5 2 7 −5 3 0–1 0–1 1–0
Source: CAF

Group EEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
1   Guinea-Bissau 6 3 1 2 7 7 0 10 Final tournament 2–4 3–2 1–0
2   Congo 6 2 3 1 9 7 +2 9 1–0 1–1 1–1
3   Zambia 6 1 4 1 7 7 0 7 0–0 1–1 1–1
4   Kenya 6 1 2 3 5 7 −2 5 0–1 2–1 1–2
Source: CAF

Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
1   Morocco 6 5 1 0 10 1 +9 16 Final tournament 2–0 1–0 2–0
2   Cape Verde 6 3 0 3 11 7 +4 9 0–1 0–1 7–1
3   Libya 6 2 1 3 8 6 +2 7 1–1 1–2 4–0
4   São Tomé and Príncipe 6 1 0 5 4 19 −15 3 0–3 1–2 2–1
Source: CAF

Group GEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
1   Egypt 4 3 1 0 7 1 +6 10 Final tournament 1–0 3–0 Canc.
2   Nigeria 4 1 2 1 2 2 0 5 1–1 1–0 2–0
3   Tanzania 4 0 1 3 0 6 −6 1 0–2 0–0 Canc.
4   Chad 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Withdrew[a] 1–5 Canc. 0–1
Source: CAF
Notes:
  1. ^ On 27 March 2016, it was announced that Chad had withdrawn from the competition on financial grounds.[12][13] At that point, Chad had played three matches, and all results were annulled and not taken into consideration according to the regulations. Moreover, the runners-up were not eligible to qualify as one of the two runners-up with the best records.

Group HEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
1   Ghana 6 4 2 0 14 3 +11 14 Final tournament 3–1 1–1 7–1
2   Mozambique 6 2 1 3 5 7 −2 7 0–0 0–1 1–0
3   Rwanda 6 2 1 3 9 6 +3 7 0–1 2–3 5–0
4   Mauritius 6 2 0 4 3 15 −12 6 0–2 1–0 1–0
Source: CAF

Group IEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification      
1   Ivory Coast 4 1 3 0 3 2 +1 6 Final tournament 1–1 1–0
2   Sierra Leone 4 1 2 1 2 2 0 5 0–0 1–0
3   Sudan 4 1 1 2 2 3 −1 4 1–1 1–0
Source: CAF
  •   Gabon was also drawn into this group and played against the other three teams in the group; however, those matches were only considered friendlies and did not count for the standings.

Group JEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
1   Algeria 6 5 1 0 25 5 +20 16 Final tournament 7–1 4–0 6–0
2   Ethiopia 6 3 2 1 11 14 −3 11 3–3 2–1 2–1
3   Seychelles 6 1 1 4 5 11 −6 4 0–2 1–1 2–0
4   Lesotho 6 1 0 5 5 16 −11 3 1–3 1–2 2–1
Source: CAF

Group KEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
1   Senegal 6 6 0 0 13 2 +11 18 Final tournament 3–1 2–0 2–0
2   Burundi 6 2 0 4 8 12 −4 6 0–2 1–3 2–0
3   Namibia 6 2 0 4 5 9 −4 6 0–2 1–3 1–0
4   Niger 6 2 0 4 5 8 −3 6 1–2 3–1 1–0
Source: CAF

Group LEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
1   Zimbabwe 6 3 2 1 11 4 +7 11 Final tournament 4–0 1–1 3–0
2   Eswatini 6 2 2 2 6 9 −3 8 1–1 1–0 2–2
3   Guinea 6 2 2 2 5 5 0 8 1–0 1–2 0–0
4   Malawi 6 1 2 3 5 9 −4 5 1–2 1–0 1–2
Source: CAF

Group MEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
1   Cameroon 6 4 2 0 7 2 +5 14 Final tournament 1–0 2–2 2–0
2   Mauritania 6 2 2 2 6 5 +1 8 0–1 3–1 2–1
3   South Africa 6 1 4 1 8 6 +2 7 0–0 1–1 0–0
4   Gambia 6 0 2 4 1 9 −8 2 0–1 0–0 0–4
Source: CAF

Ranking of second-placed teamsEdit

Only groups with four teams are considered for this ranking. Therefore, Group I is not considered, as well as Group G where only three teams are left due to the withdrawal of one team.[2]

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 D   Uganda 6 4 1 1 6 2 +4 13 Final tournament
2 A   Togo 6 3 2 1 11 4 +7 11
3 C   Benin 6 3 2 1 12 10 +2 11
4 J   Ethiopia 6 3 2 1 11 14 −3 11
5 B   Central African Republic 6 3 1 2 9 11 −2 10
6 F   Cape Verde 6 3 0 3 11 7 +4 9
7 E   Congo 6 2 3 1 9 7 +2 9
8 M   Mauritania 6 2 2 2 6 5 +1 8
9 L   Swaziland 6 2 2 2 6 9 −3 8
10 H   Mozambique 6 2 1 3 5 7 −2 7
11 K   Burundi 6 2 0 4 8 12 −4 6
Source: CAF
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Drawing of lots

Qualified teamsEdit

 
  Qualified
  Failed to qualify
  Withdrew, disqualified or did not enter
  Not part of CAF

The following teams qualified for the tournament.

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament1
  Gabon Hosts 8 April 2015 6 (1994, 1996, 2000, 2010, 2012, 2015)
  Morocco Group F winners 29 March 2016 15 (1972, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013)
  Algeria Group J winners 2 June 2016 16 (1968, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2010, 2013, 2015)
  Cameroon Group M winners 3 June 2016 17 (1970, 1972, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2015)
  Senegal Group K winners 4 June 2016 13 (1965, 1968, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2015)
  Egypt Group G winners 4 June 2016 22 (1957, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1970, 1974, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
  Ghana Group H winners 5 June 2016 20 (1963, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015)
  Guinea-Bissau Group E winners 5 June 2016 0 (debut)
  Zimbabwe Group L winners 5 June 2016 2 (2004, 2006)
  Mali Group C winners 5 June 2016 9 (1972, 1994, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015)
  Ivory Coast Group I winners 3 September 2016 21 (1965, 1968, 1970, 1974, 1980, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015)
  Uganda Group D runners-up 4 September 2016 5 (1962, 1968, 1974, 1976, 1978)
  Burkina Faso Group D winners 4 September 2016 10 (1978, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015)
  Tunisia Group A winners 4 September 2016 17 (1962, 1963, 1965, 1978, 1982, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015)
  DR Congo Group B winners 4 September 2016 17 (1965, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1988, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2013, 2015)
  Togo Group A runners-up 4 September 2016 7 (1972, 1984, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2013)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.

GoalscorersEdit

7 goals
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gabon named hosts of AFCON 2017". CAF. 8 April 2015. Archived from the original on 9 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e "FORMAT OF 2017 AFCON QUALIFIERS AND 2018 WORLD CUP". CAFonline.com. 22 January 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Accreditation for 37th CAF Ordinary General Assembly and Official Draw for AFCON 2017 qualifiers". CAF. 11 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Results of AFCON 2017 qualifiers draw". CAF. 8 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Morocco Fined, Banned From Two AFCON Tournaments". CAF Online. 6 February 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Morocco win appeal over Afcon 2017 and 2019 bans". BBC Sport. 2 April 2015.
  7. ^ "CAN 2017 DRAW PROCEDURE AND RANKING". CAFonline.com. 8 April 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  8. ^ "CAF Ranking" (XLS). CAF.
  9. ^ "Draw of the Qualifiers of CAN 2017 qualifiers" (PDF). CAF.
  10. ^ "Regulations of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations" (PDF). Confederation of African Football.
  11. ^ "Result of the drawing of lots" (PDF). CAF.
  12. ^ "Withdrawal of Chad from AFCON 2017 qualifiers". CAF. 27 March 2016.
  13. ^ "Chad withdraw from Nations Cup on financial grounds". BBC. 27 March 2016.

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