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Friday, May 17, 2013

CAF EXCO decisions: 2014 WCQ and 2015 AFCON details


The CAF Executive Committee also confirmed the dates of the final phase of the upcoming Orange Africa Cup of Nations - Morocco 2015 to be held from Saturday January 17th to Saturday February 07th 2015. The qualifiers will include two (2) phases, one preliminary phase in July / August to reduce the engaged teams to 48, and a group phase made of 12 groups of 4 teams each, whereby the top of each group as well as the best 3 runners up will qualify to the final phase.

The group stage matches will be held during the double dates within the FIFA International Calendar of September, October and November 2014. More details will be provided. Following FIFA’s recommendation, CAF will also hold the draw of the play off phase for the qualifiers – African zone – of the FIFA 2014 World Cup on September 16th 2013. Further details including the venue will be provided in due course.

The September 2013 FIFA ranking will be released 4 days before the play-off draw. I think FIFA will use it to seed the group winners.

The simulations for the African pots will be updated after the June matches.

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