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Qualifiers for AFCON 2015 begin

11 April 2014, 11:08

Johannesburg -The qualifying competition for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) in Morocco begins Saturday when Mauritania host Mauritius.

Preliminary phase

First round

Mauritania v Mauritius

First leg: April 12, second: April 20

Note: Eritrea withdrew, giving South Sudan a walkover into second round

Second round

Seeded: Libya, Equatorial Guinea, Botswana, Malawi, Uganda, Mozambique, Benin, Sierra Leone, Congo Brazzaville, Central African Republic, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Liberia, Gambia

Unseeded: Rwanda, Tanzania, Namibia, Burundi, Lesotho, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Chad, Sao Tome e Principe, Seychelles, Comoros Islands, Swaziland, South Sudan, Mauritania or Mauritius

First: legs: May 16-18, second: May 30-June 1

Third round

Second-round winners split into seven pairings

First legs: July 18-20, second: August 1-3

Group phase

First seeds: Nigeria (holders), Ghana, Ivory Coast, Zambia, Burkina Faso, Mali, Tunisia

Second seeds: Algeria, Angola, Cape Verde Islands, Togo, Egypt, South Africa, Cameroon

Third seeds: Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Niger, Guinea, Senegal, Sudan

Fourth seeds: Third round winners from preliminary phase

Matchdays: Sept 5-6, Sept 10, Oct 10-11, Oct 15, Nov 14-15, Nov 19

Note: Group winners and runners-ups and best third-place team qualify for 16-team finals with hosts Morocco

Finals draw: Nov 26 in a Moroccan city to be announced

Finals: Jan 17-Feb 7 in Agadir, Tangiers, Marrakech and Rabat


- Preliminary and group phase draws to be made on April 27 in Cairo

- Seeding based on results in 2010 Cup of Nations finals, 2012 and 2013 Cup of Nations qualifiers and finals and 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

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