2015 Africa Cup of Nations

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2015 Africa Cup of Nations
كأس الأمم الأفريقية لكرة القدم 2015
AFCON 2015
CAN 2015
Tournament details
Host country Morocco
Dates 17 January – 8 February
Teams 16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) (in 4 host cities)

The 2015 Africa Cup of Nations is scheduled to be the 30th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the football championship of Africa (CAF), held from 17 January to 8 February 2015.[1][2] For the second time, the tournament is scheduled to be hosted by Morocco, who previously hosted it in 1988.


The following countries expressed an interest in hosting the tournament:

Nation Last hosted
 Botswana[3] -
 Cameroon[4] 1972
 Congo DR[5] -
 Guinea[6] -
 Morocco[7] 1988
 South Africa[8] 2013
 Zambia[9] -
 Zimbabwe[10] -

CAF received 3 bids before 30 September 2010, the deadline, to host either the 2015 or 2017 Africa Cup of Nations from DR Congo, Morocco and South Africa. All three bids were originally put on a short list.[11] However, Morocco was considered to be the most favorite to host the competition because of its highly developed infrastructure and advanced stadiums.[citation needed] CAF then began an inspection procedure, intending to visit each bidding country to view stadiums, infrastructure, and football interest. They inspected the DR Congo first.[12] The inspection was intended to run from 12 to 15 November, but was cut short. Shortly after the inspection, DR Congo informed CAF that they would be withdrawing their bids for both the 2015 and 2017 Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.[13]

Morocco was the next country to be inspected, with CAF visiting the country in early November 2010.[14] South Africa was inspected in December 2010.

On 29 January, during the 2011 CAF Super Cup, the CAF Board decided that Morocco will host the 2015 African Cup of Nations.


Qualification for the tournament will be made up of three stages, two preliminary rounds and a final group stage. The 21 best-ranked teams were given a bye to the group stage, while the next 26 teams will begin play in the second preliminary round, and four lowest ranked teams will start at the first round. The two preliminary rounds will be a series of playoffs, with the winners advancing.

51 Teams entered the tournament (excluding hosts Morocco); it will be the competitive debut of South Sudan. Djibouti and Somalia declined to enter.

Qualified teams[edit]

Team Method of
Date of
Previous best
FIFA ranking
at start of event
 Morocco Hosts 29 January 2011 15th 2013 Winners (1976)

Climate of host cities[edit]

City Average maximum temperature of January, °C (°F) Average maximum temperature of February, °C (°F)
Tangier 16.2 °C (61.2 °F) 16.8 °C (62.2 °F)
Rabat 17.2 °C (63.0 °F) 17.7 °C (63.9 °F)
Marrakesh 18.4 °C (65.1 °F) 19.9 °C (67.8 °F)
Agadir 20.4 °C (68.7 °F) 21.0 °C (69.8 °F)


On 23 September 2013, the CAF Executive Committee announced that the four host cities of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations are Rabat, Marrakesh, Agadir and Tangier.[15] Casablanca will serve as an alternative venue.

Rabat Marrakesh
Moulay Abdellah Stadium Marrakesh Stadium
FAR Rabat vs AS Sale, November 6 2012-2.jpg Stade de marrakech.jpg
Capacity: 52,000 Capacity: 45,240
Tangier Agadir
Tangier Stadium Agadir Stadium
Stadio di tangeri.jpg Stade-Agadir.jpg
Capacity: 45,000 Capacity: 45,480


If the current format is used, 16 teams will be drawn in four groups. Only the hosts will gets an automatic qualification spot, the other 15 teams will qualify through qualification tournament. At the finals, the 16 teams will be drawn into four groups of four teams each. The teams in each group play a single round robin. After group stage, the top two teams from each group will qualify for the quarterfinals. The quarterfinal winners will advance to the semifinals. The semifinal losers will play in third place match, while winners will play in final.

The finals draw will be held on 26 November 2014 at Rabat.[1][16]


  1. ^ a b "Final tournamnet to run from 17th January to 8th February; semi-finals separated". cafonline.com. 26 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Press Release following CAF EXCO May 2013 meetings". cafonline.com. 16 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "BFA eyes new stadium to host 2015 AFCON". Mmegi Online. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "Cameroon to host African Cup of Nations?". global post. 26 September 2010. Archived from the original on 9 October 2010. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "DR Congo name local committee to back 2015 nations cup bid". Star Africa. 20 August 2010. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Guinea Wants To Host 2015 Africa Cup Of Nations". goal.com. 11 September 2010. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "Morocco to host African Cup of Nations?". global post. 26 September 2010. Archived from the original on 9 October 2010. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  8. ^ "SA bids for 2015 Nations Cup". KickOff Magazine. 29 September 2010. Archived from the original on 2 October 2010. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  9. ^ "Zambia Bids to Host 2015 Africa Cup Of Nations". Zambian Watchdog. 5 November 2010. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  10. ^ "Zim’s Afcon bid faces SA challenge". Zimbabwe Independent. 30 September 2010. Archived from the original on 5 December 2010. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  11. ^ "CAN 2015, 2017 bid applications closed". CAF Online. 2 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  12. ^ "Organisation de la Can 2015 : Une commission de la Caf en Rdc le 12 novembre prochain en visite d’inspection". Groupelaviner. 22 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  13. ^ "DR Congo withdraws CAN 2015, 2017 bid". CAF Online. 15 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  14. ^ "AFCON 2015 and 2017/ Morocco: CAF for inspection in Casablanca". Star Africa. 10 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  15. ^ "Decisions of CAF Executive Committee after meetings on 21-22 September". cafonline.com. 23 September 2013. 
  16. ^ "Decisions made by the CAF Executive Committee, convened January 24th 2014". Cafonline.com. 26 January 2014. 

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