2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

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2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
Tournament details
Dates 22 March 2017 – 26 March 2019
Teams 51 (from 1 confederation)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 30
Goals scored 77 (2.57 per match)
Top scorer(s) Zimbabwe Knowledge Musona (3 goals)
2017
2021
All statistics correct as of 11 June 2017.

The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification matches will be organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to decide the participating teams of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the 32nd edition of the international men's football championship of Africa.[1]

As per the decision of the CAF Executive Committee on 20 July 2017, a total of 24 teams will qualify to play in the final tournament,[2] including Cameroon who qualified automatically as hosts.[3]

Draw[edit]

A total of 51 teams entered the tournament, including the hosts (Cameroon) which qualified automatically for the final tournament. The draw for the qualifications stage took place on 12 January 2017, 19:30 UTC+1, in Libreville, Gabon.[4]

Seeding[edit]

For seeding, the teams were ranked using CAF's own system which were calculated based on the team's performance in the three most recent editions the Africa Cup of Nations final tournaments, the three most recent editions the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaigns, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup final tournament and qualifying campaign.[5]

The teams ranked 1–45 (Pots 1–4) directly entered the group stage, while the teams ranked 46–51 (Pot 5) entered the preliminary round.

Pot Rank Team Tournaments and weighting factor Total
2017 AFCON Q 2015 AFCON 2015 AFCON Q 2013 AFCON 2013 AFCON Q 2012 AFCON 2014 WC 2014 WC Q
× 2 × 3 × 1 × 2 × 0.5 × 1 × 2 × 1
Pot 1 1  Ivory Coast 8 24 3 6 1.5 6 8 7 63.5
2  Ghana 8 18 4 8 1.5 4 6 7 56.5
3  Nigeria 6 2 16 1.5 12 7 44.5
4  Algeria 8 9 4 2 1.5 12 7 43.5
5  Tunisia 8 9 4 4 1.5 3 5 34.5
6  Mali 8 6 3 8 1.5 4 3 33.5
7  Burkina Faso 8 3 3 12 1.5 1 5 33.5
8  DR Congo 8 12 2 4 1.5 2 29.5
9  Cameroon (H) 8 3 4 1 6 7 29
10  Zambia 4 3 3 4 1.5 8 3 26.5
11  Cape Verde 6 6 4 6 1.5 3 26.5
12  Senegal 8 6 3 1 1 5 24
Pot 2 13  Gabon 6 6 4 1 3 2 22
14  Guinea 4 9 3 1 2 3 22
15  Congo 6 9 3 0.5 3 21.5
16  Equatorial Guinea 4 12 1 3 1 21
17  South Africa 4 3 4 6 3 20
18  Morocco 8 4 1.5 2 3 18.5
19  Egypt 8 2 0.5 5 15.5
20  Ethiopia 6 1 2 1.5 5 15.5
21  Togo 6 1 6 1.5 1 15.5
22  Angola 4 2 2 1.5 2 2 13.5
23  Uganda 6 2 1 3 12
24  Mozambique 6 2 1 2 11
Pot 3 25  Zimbabwe 8 1 1 10
26  Libya 4 1 2 3 10
27  Botswana 4 1 1 1 2 9
28  Niger 2 1 2 1.5 1 1 8.5
29  Benin 6 0.5 2 8.5
30  Guinea-Bissau 8 0.5 8.5
31  Malawi 2 2 1 3 8
32  Sudan 2 1 1 3 1 8
33  Sierra Leone 4 1 1 2 8
34  Central African Republic 6 1 1 8
35  Tanzania 4 0.5 2 6.5
36  Burundi 6 0.5 6.5
Pot 4 37  Mauritania 6 6
38  Swaziland 6 6
39  Liberia 4 1 1 6
40  Namibia 4 0.5 1 5.5
41  Rwanda 4 0.5 1 5.5
42  Lesotho 2 1 2 5
43  Kenya 2 0.5 2 4.5
44  Seychelles 4 0.5 4.5
45  Gambia 2 0.5 1 3.5
Pot 5 46  Madagascar 2 0.5 2.5
47  São Tomé and Príncipe 2 0.5 2.5
48  South Sudan 2 2
49  Comoros 2 2
50  Djibouti 2 2
51  Mauritius 2 2
No Pot 52  Chad[nb 1] 0.5 0.5
53  Eritrea[nb 2] 0
54  Somalia[nb 2] 0
Notes
  1. ^ Chad were banned from entering by CAF due to their withdrawal from the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification tournament.[6]
  2. ^ a b Eritrea and Somalia did not enter.

Procedure[edit]

The draw procedure is as follows:[7]

  • A team will be drawn from Pot 4 and will go to position D4. The procedure will be repeated for the remaining teams of Pot 4 who will go to positions E4, F4, G4, H4, I4, J4, K4 & L4 according to the draw order.
  • A team will be drawn from Pot 3 and will go to position A3. This procedure will be repeated for the remaining teams of Pot 3 using the same positioning rationale applied above.
  • A team will be drawn from Pot 2 and will go to position A2. This procedure will be repeated for the remaining teams of Pot 2 using the same positioning rationale applied above.
  • A team will be drawn from Pot 1 and will go to position A1. This procedure will be repeated for the remaining teams of Pot 1 using the same positioning rationale applied above.
  • A team will be drawn from Pot 5 to play against a team that will be drawn from the same pot in the preliminary round. This procedure will be repeated for the 4 remaining teams of Pot 5. The winners of the 3 matches will qualify to the Groups Stage and will automatically go the positions A4, B4 & C4.

Schedule[edit]

The schedule of the qualifying tournament is as follows.

Round Matchday Dates Matches
Original dates[8] Revised dates[9]
Preliminary round First leg 20–28 March 2017 Team 1 vs. Team 2
Second leg Team 2 vs. Team 1
Group stage Matchday 1 5–13 June 2017 Team 1 vs. Team 2; Team 3 vs. Team 4
Matchday 2 19–27 March 2018 3–11 September 2018 Team 2 vs. Team 3; Team 4 vs. Team 1
Matchday 3 3–11 September 2018 8–16 October 2018 Team 1 vs. Team 3; Team 2 vs. Team 4
Matchday 4 Team 3 vs. Team 1; Team 4 vs. Team 2
Matchday 5 8–16 October 2018 12–20 November 2018 Team 2 vs. Team 1; Team 4 vs. Team 3
Matchday 6 5–13 November 2018 18–26 March 2019 Team 3 vs. Team 2; Team 1 vs. Team 4

Matchday 2 were postponed at the request of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualified teams so that they can play friendly matches in March 2018 to prepare for the World Cup.[10][11]

Preliminary round[edit]

The six teams were drawn into three ties, played in home-and-away two-legged format. The three winners advanced to the group stage to join the 45 teams which entered directly.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
São Tomé and Príncipe  2–4  Madagascar 0–1 2–3
Comoros  3–1  Mauritius 2–0 1–1
Djibouti  2–6  South Sudan 2–0 0–6

Group stage[edit]

The 48 teams were drawn into 12 groups of four teams (from Group A to Group L). They consisted of the 45 teams which entered directly, plus the three winners of the preliminary round whose identity was not known at the time of the draw.

Unlike the qualifying tournament of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, all matches of the host team will count leading us to the three following possible scenarios:[7]

  • If the host team is the winner of the group, the runner-up will automatically qualify to the final tournament. No other team will be eligible to qualify from this group.
  • If the host team is the runner-up, only the winner of the group will qualify to the final tournament.
  • If the host team is either in 3rd or 4th place, the winner of the group qualifies to the final tournament and the runner-up will be eligible to qualify as one of the eleven best runners-up.

Tiebreakers

The teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If tied on points, tiebreakers are applied in the following order (Regulations Article 14):[1]

  1. Points in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  2. Goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  3. Goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  4. Away goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  5. If more than two teams are tied, and after applying all head-to-head criteria above, a subset of teams are still tied, all head-to-head criteria above are reapplied exclusively to this subset of teams;
  6. Goal difference in all group matches;
  7. Goals scored in all group matches;
  8. Away goals scored in all group matches;
  9. Drawing of lots.
  The 12 group winners and runners-up qualify for the final tournament.

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Senegal 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 3 Final tournament 18–26 Mar '19 8–16 Oct '18 3–0
2  Madagascar 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 3 3–11 Sep '18 12–20 Nov '18 8–16 Oct '18
3  Sudan 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2 0 8–16 Oct '18 1–3 18–26 Mar '19
4  Equatorial Guinea 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3 0 12–20 Nov '18 8–16 Oct '18 3–11 Sep '18
Updated to match(es) played on 10 June 2017. Source: CAF

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Cameroon[a] (Q) 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3 Final tournament 8–16 Oct '18 18–26 Mar '19 1–0
1  Malawi 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3 8–16 Oct '18 1–0 18–26 Mar '19
3  Comoros 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0 3–11 Sep '18 12–20 Nov '18 8–16 Oct '18
3  Morocco 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0 12–20 Nov '18 3–11 Sep '18 8–16 Oct '18
Updated to match(es) played on 10 June 2017. Source: CAF
(Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Cameroon qualified automatically as hosts.

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Burundi 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 3 Final tournament 8–16 Oct '18 18–26 Mar '19 3–0
2  Mali 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3 8–16 Oct '18 2–1 18–26 Mar '19
3  Gabon 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 0 3–11 Sep '18 12–20 Nov '18 8–16 Oct '18
4  South Sudan 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3 0 12–20 Nov '18 3–11 Sep '18 8–16 Oct '18
Updated to match(es) played on 10 June 2017. Source: CAF

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Algeria 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3 Final tournament 8–16 Oct '18 18–26 Mar '19 1–0
1  Benin 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3 8–16 Oct '18 1–0 18–26 Mar '19
3  Gambia 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0 3–11 Sep '18 12–20 Nov '18 8–16 Oct '18
3  Togo 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0 12–20 Nov '18 3–11 Sep '18 8–16 Oct '18
Updated to match(es) played on 11 June 2017. Source: CAF

Group E[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Libya 1 1 0 0 5 1 +4 3 Final tournament 18–26 Mar '19 8–16 Oct '18 5–1
2  South Africa 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3 3–11 Sep '18 12–20 Nov '18 8–16 Oct '18
3  Nigeria 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0 8–16 Oct '18 0–2 18–26 Mar '19
4  Seychelles 1 0 0 1 1 5 −4 0 12–20 Nov '18 8–16 Oct '18 3–11 Sep '18
Updated to match(es) played on 10 June 2017. Source: CAF

Group F[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Ghana 1 1 0 0 5 0 +5 3 Final tournament 8–16 Oct '18 18–26 Mar '19 5–0
2  Sierra Leone 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3 8–16 Oct '18 2–1 18–26 Mar '19
3  Kenya 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 0 3–11 Sep '18 12–20 Nov '18 8–16 Oct '18
4  Ethiopia 1 0 0 1 0 5 −5 0 12–20 Nov '18 3–11 Sep '18 8–16 Oct '18
Updated to match(es) played on 11 June 2017. Source: CAF

Group G[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Zimbabwe 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 3 Final tournament 8–16 Oct '18 18–26 Mar '19 3–0
2  DR Congo 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 3 8–16 Oct '18 3–1 18–26 Mar '19
3  Congo 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2 0 3–11 Sep '18 12–20 Nov '18 8–16 Oct '18
4  Liberia 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3 0 12–20 Nov '18 3–11 Sep '18 8–16 Oct '18
Updated to match(es) played on 11 June 2017. Source: CAF

Group H[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Guinea 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1 3 Final tournament 3–11 Sep '18 12–20 Nov '18 8–16 Oct '18
2  Central African Republic 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3 18–26 Mar '19 8–16 Oct '18 2–1
3  Ivory Coast 1 0 0 1 2 3 −1 0 2–3 8–16 Oct '18 18–26 Mar '19
4  Rwanda 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 0 8–16 Oct '18 12–20 Nov '18 3–11 Sep '18
Updated to match(es) played on 11 June 2017. Source: CAF

Group I[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Burkina Faso 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 3 Final tournament 18–26 Mar '19 8–16 Oct '18 3–1
2  Mauritania 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3 3–11 Sep '18 12–20 Nov '18 8–16 Oct '18
3  Botswana 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0 8–16 Oct '18 0–1 18–26 Mar '19
4  Angola 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2 0 12–20 Nov '18 8–16 Oct '18 3–11 Sep '18
Updated to match(es) played on 10 June 2017. Source: CAF

Group J[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Tunisia 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3 Final tournament 8–16 Oct '18 18–26 Mar '19 1–0
2  Niger 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 8–16 Oct '18 0–0 18–26 Mar '19
2  Swaziland 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3–11 Sep '18 12–20 Nov '18 8–16 Oct '18
4  Egypt 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0 12–20 Nov '18 3–11 Sep '18 8–16 Oct '18
Updated to match(es) played on 11 June 2017. Source: CAF

Group K[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Mozambique 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3 Final tournament 3–11 Sep '18 8–16 Oct '18 12–20 Nov '18
2  Guinea-Bissau 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3 18–26 Mar '19 1–0 8–16 Oct '18
3  Namibia 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0 8–16 Oct '18 12–20 Nov '18 3–11 Sep '18
3  Zambia 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0 0–1 8–16 Oct '18 18–26 Mar '19
Updated to match(es) played on 10 June 2017. Source: CAF

Group L[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Uganda 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3 Final tournament 8–16 Oct '18 3–11 Sep '18 12–20 Nov '18
2  Lesotho 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 8–16 Oct '18 12–20 Nov '18 3–11 Sep '18
3  Tanzania 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 18–26 Mar '19 1–1 8–16 Oct '18
4  Cape Verde 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0 0–1 18–26 Mar '19 8–16 Oct '18
Updated to match(es) played on 11 June 2017. Source: CAF

Qualified teams[edit]

  Qualified
  Failed to qualify
  Withdrew, disqualified or did not enter
  Not part of CAF

The following teams qualified for the final tournament.

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in Africa Cup of Nations1
 Cameroon Hosts 20 September 2014[3] 18 (1970, 1972, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2015, 2017)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.

Goalscorers[edit]

Note: Players in bold are still active in the competition.

3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

References[edit]

External links[edit]