1965 African Cup of Nations qualification

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This page details the process of qualifying for the 1965 African Cup of Nations.

Qualified teams[edit]

The qualified teams are:

Group stage[edit]

Zone 1[edit]

Egypt qualified by default after both Morocco and Nigeria withdrew. Egypt later also withdrew itself due to the deterioration of its diplomatic relations with Tunisia following a speech in Jericho by Tunisian President Bourguiba, who called on the Arab countries to recognize Israel.[1]

Zone 2[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Ethiopia 4 3 0 1 6 3 +3 6
 Sudan 4 3 0 1 9 4 +5 6
 Uganda 4 0 0 4 3 11 0 0
 Kenya Disqualified

The match in Nairobi between Kenya and Ethiopia was awarded as a 0-2 walkover win, after Ethiopia lodged a protest with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) because Kenya had fielded two players (Moses Wabwayi and Stephen Baraza) who were ineligible as they had represented Uganda previously. The walkover enabled Ethiopia to qualify ahead of Sudan. CAF also suspended the two players for one year (backdated beginning from September 1964) after Uganda protested that they were still registered with the Uganda F.A. and had not received official transfers. Kenya argued against the ruling and sent documents to prove that the two were Kenyan citizens, having been born in Kenya. The case was also referred to FIFA.[2]

14 February 1965
Kenya  3–2
(Annulled)
 Ethiopia

21 February 1965
Uganda  1–2  Ethiopia

27 February 1965
Kenya  3–0
(Annulled)
 Uganda

3 March 1965
Ethiopia  2–0  Uganda

13 March 1965
Uganda  3–1
(Annulled)
 Kenya

27 March 1965
Sudan  2–1  Ethiopia

4 April 1965
Ethiopia  2–1
(Annulled)
 Kenya

11 April 1965
Sudan  4–2
(Annulled)
 Kenya

18 April 1965
Ethiopia  1–0  Sudan

25 April 1965
Kenya  1–1
(Annulled)
 Sudan

1 May 1965
Uganda  1–3  Sudan

22 August 1965
Sudan  4–1  Uganda

Zone 3[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Ivory Coast 3 2 0 1 5 4 +1 4
 Congo-Léopoldville 4 2 0 2 8 8 0 4
 Liberia 3 1 0 2 4 5 -1 2

29 May 1965
Liberia  0–1  Ivory Coast

14 August 1965
Liberia  2–1  Congo-Léopoldville


21 September 1965
Congo-Léopoldville  3–2  Liberia


Ivory Coast  (not played)  Liberia

Zone 4[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Senegal 4 3 0 1 8 4 +4 6
 Guinea 4 2 0 2 6 6 0 4
 Mali 4 1 0 3 4 8 -4 2

25 February 1965
Senegal  2–0  Guinea

29 March 1965
Guinea  3–1  Senegal

18 April 1965
Mali  0–2  Senegal

5 May 1965
Senegal  3–1  Mali

23 May 1965
Mali  2–1  Guinea

6 June 1965
Guinea  2–1  Mali

Egypt's withdrawal[edit]

Egypt withdrew after qualification due to deteriorating diplomatic relationship with Tunisia (the host nation). In their place Sudan (runner-up of Zone 2) was invited but they declined; then Congo-Léopoldville (runner-up of Zone 3) was invited, and they accepted.

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