1962 African Cup of Nations qualification
This page details the process of qualifying for the 1962 African Cup of Nations. 9 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 7 teams vying for the remaining two spots in the finals.
The 4 qualified teams are:
The 8 nations were paired 2-by-2 and played knock-out matches home-and-away. The 4 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.
- Tunisia advanced to the Second Round with the withdrawal of Morocco; both matches were officially rewarded to Tunisia 2–0.
- The aggregate score was tied after the two matches; Nigeria advanced to the Second Round by drawing lots.
- Uganda advanced to the Second Round by an aggregate score of 4–1.
- Ethiopia advanced to the Second Round by an aggregate score of 10–6. However, Ethiopia was then granted hosting rights, thus qualifying for the final automatically. Kenya was given their place in the Second Round.
- 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.
- The aggregate score was tied after the two matches. Regulations stipulated that the tie should be decided on lots, as with Ghana and Nigeria in the previous round, but as both Kenya and Uganda felt the match should be decided on the pitch, CAF agreed to their request to stage a playoff.