2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
|Dates||12 April – 19 November 2014|
|Teams||51 (from 1 confederation)|
|Goals scored||268 (2.14 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Jonathan Pitroipa|
|Qualification for championships (CAF)|
The 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification matches determined the participating teams for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
A total of 16 teams competed in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
Prior to November 2014, it was expected that Morocco would be the host country (and thus be pre-qualified). However, as Morocco missed the 9 November deadline for confirming their willingness to host (because of the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa), Morocco was expelled from the tournament. Equatorial Guinea was chosen as the new host, and despite having played in the qualifiers and been disqualified due to fielding an ineligible player, they now qualify for the tournament automatically.
at start of event
|Equatorial Guinea||Hosts||14 November 2014||2nd||2012||Quarter-finals (2012)|
|Cape Verde||Group F winners||15 October 2014||2nd||2013||Quarter-finals (2013)|
|Algeria||Group B winners||15 October 2014||15th||2013||Winners (1990)|
|Tunisia||Group G winners||14 November 2014||17th||2013||Winners (2004)|
|South Africa||Group A winners||15 November 2014||9th||2013||Winners (1996)|
|Zambia||Group F runners-up||15 November 2014||17th||2013||Winners (2012)|
|Cameroon||Group D winners||15 November 2014||17th||2010||Winners (1984, 1988, 2000, 2002)|
|Gabon||Group C winners||15 November 2014||5th||2012||Quarter-finals (1996, 2012)|
|Burkina Faso||Group C runners-up||15 November 2014||9th||2013||Runners-up (2013)|
|Senegal||Group G runners-up||15 November 2014||13th||2012||Runners-up (2002)|
|Ivory Coast||Group D runners-up||19 November 2014||20th||2013||Winners (1992)|
|Ghana||Group E winners||19 November 2014||19th||2013||Winners (1963, 1965, 1978, 1982)|
|Guinea||Group E runners-up||19 November 2014||11th||2012||Runners-up (1976)|
|Mali||Group B runners-up||19 November 2014||8th||2013||Runners-up (1972)|
|Congo||Group A runners-up||19 November 2014||7th||2000||Winners (1972)|
|DR Congo||Best 3rd place||19 November 2014||17th||2013||Winners (1968, 1974)|
The qualifying draw was supposed to take place in Morocco on 10 March 2013 during CAF General Assembly. However, the CAF Executive Committee decided on 8 March 2013 that the qualifying draw would be held on 31 January 2014 in South Africa in line with the 2014 African Nations Championship. However, on 28 January 2014, the draw date was reported to have changed once again. The qualifying draw was held on 27 April 2014 in Cairo, Egypt (with the exception of the preliminary round which was held on 21 February 2014 in Cairo).
A total of 51 teams entered the qualification matches (Djibouti and Somalia did not enter). After the CAF Executive Committee meeting on 24 January 2014, it was decided that the qualifiers shall be played in the format of several qualifying rounds, as well as a group stage with seven groups consisting of four teams each. The two top teams of each group then directly qualify for the finals, along with the best third place team of the seven groups. This was different from the original proposal, which consisted of a preliminary round followed by a group stage with twelve groups of four teams.
The top 21 teams listed in the CAF Ranking shall automatically qualify for the group stage. The seven other teams playing in the group stage shall be determined following the conclusion of the qualifying rounds. The ranking is computed using the teams' results in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals (weighted by 3) and qualifiers, the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations finals (weighted by 2) and qualifiers (weighted by 0.5), the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations finals, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. If tied on points, the tiebreaker is decided by the results of the latest editions of the Africa Cup of Nations.
|Bye to group stage||Competing in qualifying rounds|
|Entering in first round||Entering in preliminary round|
|Qualifying rounds||Preliminary round 1st leg||11–13 April 2014|
|Preliminary round 2nd leg||18–20 April 2014|
|First round 1st leg||16–18 May 2014|
|First round 2nd leg||30 May–1 June 2014|
|Second round 1st leg||18–20 July 2014|
|Second round 2nd leg||1–3 August 2014|
|Group stage||Matchday 1||5–6 September 2014|
|Matchday 2||10 September 2014|
|Matchday 3||10–11 October 2014|
|Matchday 4||15 October 2014|
|Matchday 5||14–15 November 2014|
|Matchday 6||19 November 2014|
In each of the qualifying rounds, teams were drawn into knock-out ties. Qualification ties were played on a home-and-away two-legged basis. If the sides were level on aggregate after the second leg, the away goals rule was applied, and if still level, the tie proceeded directly to a penalty shoot-out (no extra time was played).
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
The draw for the first round was held on 27 April 2014 at Cairo, Egypt. The 26 teams ranked 22–47 and the two winners of the preliminary round played in this round. Teams ranked 22–35 were seeded, and teams ranked 36–47 and the two winners of the preliminary round were unseeded.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Central African Republic||1–3||Guinea-Bissau||0–0||1–3|
|São Tomé and Príncipe||0–4||Benin||0–2||0–2|
Jetoh 5' (o.g.)
|Saandi 78'||Report||Masika 56'|
|Andriatsima 9' (pen.)
|Report||Kiiza 90+4' (pen.)|
Equatorial Guinea won 3–1 on aggregate. However, on 3 July 2014, the CAF announced that Equatorial Guinea were disqualified for fielding the ineligible player Thierry Fidjeu in the tie, and as a result, Mauritania advanced to the second round. Equatorial Guinea later qualified for the final tournament as replacement hosts.
|Birori 38', 62', 72'||Report|
|Central African Republic||0–0||Guinea-Bissau|
|Guinea-Bissau||3–1||Central African Republic|
|Cícero 2', 39'
Kassaï 15' (o.g.)
|Shongwe 56'||Report||Sesay-Fullah 2'|
|U. Bangura 66' (pen.)||Report|
Seychelles advanced to the second round after Gambia were suspended from all CAF competitions for two years for deliberately fielding overage players in the 2015 African U-20 Championship qualification match against Liberia.
|São Tomé and Príncipe||0–2||Benin|
|Report||Sessègnon 82', 90' (pen.)|
|Benin||2–0||São Tomé and Príncipe|
|N'Douassel 16', 36'
Sonito 45', 53'
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Benin||1–1 (3–4 p)||Malawi||1–0||0–1|
2–2 on aggregate. Rwanda won the penalty shoot-out. However, on 17 August 2014, the CAF announced that Rwanda were disqualified for fielding the ineligible player Daddy Birori in the tie, as it emerged that Birori had been using a different name and a Congolese passport when playing for his club side, AS Vita. As a result, Congo advanced to Group A.
|Tshireletso 29', 38'||Report|
|Seidi 17'||Report||Ramatlhakwane 80'|
U. Bangura 72' (pen.)
Sierra Leone advanced to Group D after Seychelles withdrew. Seychelles were forced to forfeit after the Sierra Leone team was barred by the Seychelles immigration authorities from entering the country to play the second leg for fears over the 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak.
|Mcha 66', 72' (pen.)||Report||Domingues 48' (pen.)
The draw for the group stage was held on 27 April 2014 at Cairo, Egypt. The 21 teams ranked 1–21 and the seven winners of the second round played in this round. Teams ranked 1–7 were seeded into Pot 1, teams ranked 8–14 were seeded into Pot 2, teams ranked 15–21 were seeded into Pot 3, and the seven winners of the second round were seeded into Pot 4. The 28 teams were drawn into seven groups of four, with each group containing one team from each pot. Each group was played on a home-and-away round-robin basis. The winners and runners-up of each group, plus the best third-placed team, qualified for the finals.
- Number of points obtained in games between the teams concerned;
- Goal difference in games between the teams concerned;
- Goals scored in games between the teams concerned;
- Away goals scored in games between the teams concerned;
- If, after applying criteria 1 to 4 to several teams, two teams still had an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 4 were reapplied exclusively to the matches between the two teams in question to determine their final rankings. If this procedure did not lead to a decision, criteria 6 to 9 applied;
- Goal difference in all games;
- Goals scored in all games;
- Away goals scored in all games;
- Drawing of lots.
|Group winners, runners-up, and the best third-placed team qualified for the finals|
Ranking of third-placed teams
- 6 goals
- 5 goals
- 4 goals
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- Riyad Mahrez
- Joel Mogorosi
- Lemponye Tshireletso
- Zé Luís
- Ezechiel N'Douassel
- Thievy Bifouma
- Prince Oniangue
- Yannick Bolasie
- Cédric Mongongu
- Getaneh Kebede
- Oumed Oukri
- Lévy Madinda
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
- Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu
- André Ayew
- Ibrahima Traoré
- Idrissa Sylla
- Max Gradel
- Yaya Touré
- Tsepo Seturumane
- Gabadinho Mhango
- Atusaye Nyondo
- Bakary Sako
- Mustapha Yatabaré
- Moctar Yacouba
- Sone Aluko
- Ahmed Musa
- Aaron Samuel Olanare
- Sadio Mané
- Umaru Bangura
- Bongani Ndulula
- Sibusiso Vilakazi
- Papiss Cissé
- Mame Biram Diouf
- Kara Mbodj
- Moussa Sow
- Salah Ibrahim
- Khamis Mcha
- Emmanuel Adebayor
- Yassine Chikhaoui
- Wahbi Khazri
- 1 goal
- Sofiane Feghouli
- Rafik Halliche
- Carl Medjani
- Djamel Mesbah
- Islam Slimani
- Hillal Soudani
- Ary Papel
- Djalma Campos
- Frédéric Gounongbé
- Jerome Ramatlhakwane
- Aristide Bancé
- Alain Traoré
- Léonard Kweuke
- Stéphane Mbia
- Odaïr Fortes
- Ryan Mendes
- Garry Rodrigues
- Júlio Tavares
- Foxi Kéthévoama
- Rodrigue Ninga
- Yacine Saandi
- Ladislas Douniama
- Césaire Gandzé
- Sylvère Ganvoula
- Francis N'Ganga
- Junior Kabananga
- Neeskens Kebano
- Firmin Ndombe Mubele
- Mohamed Elneny
- Amr Gamal
- Mauricio Mina
- César Augusto Rivas
- Abebaw Butako
- Saladin Said
- Yussuf Saleh
- Samson Mbingui
- Johann Obiang
- Christian Atsu
- Wakaso Mubarak
- Abdul Majeed Waris
- Mohamed Yattara
- Ansumane Faty
- Wilfried Bony
- Seydou Doumbia
- Kolo Touré
- Ayub Masika
- Johanna Omolo
- Emmanuel Lekhanya
- Bushi Moletsane
- Mabuti Potloane
- Anthony Laffor
- Carolus Andriamatsinoro
- Faneva Imà Andriatsima
- Frank Banda
- John Banda
- Essau Kanyenda
- Robin Ngalande
- Robert Ng'ambi
- Cheick Diabaté
- Abdoulay Diaby
- Seydou Keita
- Sambou Yatabaré
- Adama Ba
- Ismaël Diakité
- Demba Sow
- Rudolf Bester
- Mahamane Cissé
- Moussa Maâzou
- Efe Ambrose
- Gbolahan Salami
- Ikechukwu Uche
- Meddie Kagere
- Michel Ndahinduka
- Dame N'Doye
- Moustapha Bangura
- Khalifa Jabbie
- Kei Kamara
- Mohamed Kamara
- Sulaiman Sesay-Fullah
- Thulani Serero
- Bakri Almadina
- Sidumo Shongwe
- John Bocco
- Nadir Haroub
- Mbwana Samatta
- Thomas Ulimwengu
- Serge Akakpo
- Floyd Ayité
- Jonathan Ayité
- Prince Segbefia
- Donou Kokou
- Fakhreddine Ben Youssef
- Ferjani Sassi
- Savio Kabugo
- Hamis Kiiza
- Brian Majwega
- Tony Mawejje
- Robert Ssentongo
- Rainford Kalaba
- Ronald Kampamba
- Emmanuel Mayuka
- Jacob Mulenga
- Kennedy Mweene
- Given Singuluma
- Willard Katsande
- Danny Phiri
- Own goal
- South Sudan played their home matches outside of the country due to security concerns stemming from the South Sudanese Civil War.
- Libya played their home matches outside of the country due to security concerns.
- Central African Republic played their home matches outside of the country due to security concerns.
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