2018 African Nations Championship qualification

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2018 African Nations Championship qualification
Tournament details
Dates 22 April – 12 November 2017
Teams 48 (from 1 confederation)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 65
Goals scored 152 (2.34 per match)
Top scorer(s) Guinea Sékou Amadou Camara (8 goals)
2016
2020

The 2018 African Nations Championship qualification was a men's football competition which decided the participating teams of the 2018 African Nations Championship. Only national team players who are playing in their country's own domestic league are eligible to compete in the tournament.

A total of 16 teams qualified to play in the final tournament.

Teams

A total of 48 (out of 54) CAF member national teams entered the qualifying rounds, split into zones according to their regional affiliations.[1]

Zone Spots Teams entering qualification Did not enter
North Zone
(UNAF)
2 spots
West A Zone
(WAFU-UFOA A)
2 spots
West B Zone
(WAFU-UFOA B)
3 spots
Central Zone
(UNIFFAC)
3 spots
Central-East Zone
(CECAFA)
3 spots
South Zone
(COSAFA)
3 spots
Total 16 spots 48 teams
Notes
  • Teams in bold qualified for the final tournament.
  • Central African Republic were excluded by the CAF from participating because of their withdrawal against DR Congo in the 2016 African Nations Championship qualification.
  • Chad withdrew on 27 March 2016, but however, on 24 May 2016, Chad announced that they would not be able to qualify for CHAN 2018, and São Tomé and Príncipe officially entered the qualification, along with Equatorial Guinea.
  • Egypt were expected to withdraw from the CHAN 2018, but however, on 4 June 2016, it was announced that Egypt would participate in the CHAN 2018 qualification.
  • On 12 March 2017, the Football Association of Malawi announced their senior national football team would withdraw from the competition due to the lack of funding.[2] However, they later announced its reversal of this decision and would continue to compete.[3]
  • Kenya were the original hosts and would have qualified automatically. However, on 23 September 2017, the CAF decided to withdraw their hosting rights due to a lack of progress with preparations.[4][5]
  • Morocco were named as the new hosts on 14 October 2017.[6] Since they had already qualified in the North Zone, their spot in the final tournament was re-allocated to Egypt, which lost to Morocco in the North Zone final qualifying round.[7] However, Egypt declined to participate citing a "congested domestic calendar".[8] As a result, the spot was reverted to Central-East Zone (as originally three teams would participate including Kenya as original hosts), and would go to the winner of a play-off between Ethiopia and Rwanda, the two teams which lost in the Central-East Zone final qualifying round.[9]

Schedule

The draw was held on 3 February 2017 at Libreville, Gabon.[10]

The schedule of the qualifying rounds is as follows.[11]

Zone / Round Matchday Date
North Zone
Central Zone
West A Zone
West B Zone
Central-East Zone
South Zone
First round First leg 20–22 April 2017
Second leg 28–30 April 2017
First round Second round First leg 14–16 July 2017
Second leg 21–23 July 2017
First round Second round Third round First leg 11–13 August 2017
Second leg 18–20 August 2017

Format

Qualification ties were played on a home-and-away two-legged basis. If the aggregate score was tied after the second leg, the away goals rule would be applied, and if still level, the penalty shoot-out would be used to determine the winner (no extra time would be played).[12]

North Zone

  • All four teams (Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco) entered the first round.

First round

Winners qualify for 2018 African Nations Championship.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Egypt  2–4  Morocco 1–1 1–3
Algeria  2–3  Libya 1–2 1–1
Egypt  1–1  Morocco
Report
Morocco  3–1  Egypt
Report

Morocco won 4–2 on aggregate.


Algeria  1–2  Libya
Report
Libya  1–1  Algeria
Report

Libya won 3–2 on aggregate.

West A Zone

  • All eight teams (Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Sierra Leone) entered the first round.

First round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Sierra Leone  2–4  Senegal 1–1 1–3
Guinea-Bissau  1–10  Guinea 1–3 0–7
Liberia  1–2  Mauritania 0–2 1–0
Gambia  0–4  Mali 0–0 0–4
Sierra Leone  1–1  Senegal
Report
Senegal  3–1  Sierra Leone
Report

Senegal won 4–2 on aggregate.


Guinea-Bissau  1–3  Guinea
Report
Guinea  7–0  Guinea-Bissau
Report

Guinea won 10–1 on aggregate.


Liberia  0–2  Mauritania
Report
Mauritania  0–1  Liberia
Report

Mauritania won 2–1 on aggregate.


Gambia  0–0  Mali
Report
Mali  4–0  Gambia
Report

Mali won 4–0 on aggregate.

Second round

Winners qualify for 2018 African Nations Championship.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Senegal  3–6  Guinea 3–1 0–5
Mauritania  3–2  Mali 2–2 1–0
Senegal  3–1  Guinea
Report
Guinea  5–0  Senegal
Report

Guinea won 6–3 on aggregate.


Mauritania  2–2  Mali
Report
Mali  0–1  Mauritania
Report

Mauritania won 3–2 on aggregate.

West B Zone

  • Two teams (Benin, Togo) entered the first round.
  • Five teams (Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Niger, Nigeria) entered the second round.

First round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Togo  2–2 (7–8 p)  Benin 1–1 1–1
Togo  1–1  Benin
Report
Benin  1–1  Togo
Report
Penalties
8–7

2–2 on aggregate. Benin won 8–7 on penalties.

Second round

Winners qualify for 2018 African Nations Championship.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Benin  1–2  Nigeria 1–0 0–2
Niger  2–2 (a)  Ivory Coast 2–1 0–1
Burkina Faso  4–3  Ghana 2–2 2–1
Benin  1–0  Nigeria
Report
Nigeria  2–0  Benin
Report

Nigeria won 2–1 on aggregate.


Niger  2–1  Ivory Coast
Report
Ivory Coast  1–0  Niger
Report

2–2 on aggregate. Ivory Coast won on away goals.


Burkina Faso  2–2  Ghana
Report
Ghana  1–2  Burkina Faso
Report

Burkina Faso won 4–3 on aggregate.

Central Zone

  • All six teams (Cameroon, Congo, DR Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, São Tomé and Príncipe) entered the first round.

First round

Winners qualify for 2018 African Nations Championship.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Equatorial Guinea  w/o  Gabon
Congo  1–1 (a)  DR Congo 0–0 1–1
São Tomé and Príncipe  0–4  Cameroon 0–2 0–2
Equatorial Guinea  Cancelled  Gabon
Report
Gabon  Cancelled  Equatorial Guinea
Report

Equatorial Guinea won on walkover after Gabon withdrew prior to the first leg.[15]


Congo  0–0  DR Congo
Report
DR Congo  1–1  Congo
Report

1–1 on aggregate. Congo won on away goals.


São Tomé and Príncipe  0–2  Cameroon
Report
Cameroon  2–0  São Tomé and Príncipe
Report

Cameroon won 4–0 on aggregate.

Central-East Zone

  • Two teams (Somalia, South Sudan) entered the first round.
  • Seven teams (Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda) entered the second round.

First round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Somalia  1–4  South Sudan 1–2 0–2
Somalia  1–2  South Sudan
Report
South Sudan  2–0  Somalia
Report

South Sudan won 4–1 on aggregate.

Second round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
South Sudan  1–5  Uganda 0–0 1–5
Tanzania  1–1 (a)  Rwanda 1–1 0–0
Djibouti  w/o  Ethiopia 1–5
Burundi  0–1  Sudan 0–0 0–1
South Sudan  0–0  Uganda
Report
Uganda  5–1  South Sudan
Report

Uganda won 5–1 on aggregate.


Tanzania  1–1  Rwanda
Report
Rwanda  0–0  Tanzania
Report

1–1 on aggregate. Rwanda won on away goals.


Djibouti  1–5  Ethiopia
  • ? Goal 74'
Report
Ethiopia  Cancelled  Djibouti
Report

Ethiopia won on walkover after Djibouti withdrew prior to the second leg.[17]


Burundi  0–0  Sudan
Report
Sudan  1–0  Burundi
Report

Sudan won 1–0 on aggregate.

Third round

Winners qualify for 2018 African Nations Championship.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Uganda  3–2  Rwanda 3–0 0–2
Ethiopia  1–2  Sudan 1–1 0–1
Uganda  3–0  Rwanda
Report
Rwanda  2–0  Uganda
Report

Uganda won 3–2 on aggregate.


Ethiopia  1–1  Sudan
Report
Sudan  1–0  Ethiopia
Report

Sudan won 2–1 on aggregate.

Play-off

Winner qualifies for 2018 African Nations Championship (replacing the original hosts Kenya which would have qualified automatically).

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Ethiopia  2–3  Rwanda 2–3 0–0
Ethiopia  2–3  Rwanda
Report
Rwanda  0–0  Ethiopia
Report

Rwanda won 3–2 on aggregate.

South Zone

  • Four teams (Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Seychelles) entered the first round.
  • Ten teams (Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe) entered the second round.

First round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Madagascar  2–0  Malawi 1–0 1–0
Mauritius  3–2  Seychelles 2–1 1–1
Madagascar  1–0  Malawi
Report
Malawi  0–1  Madagascar
Report

Madagascar won 2–0 on aggregate.


Mauritius  2–1  Seychelles
Report
Seychelles  1–1  Mauritius
Report

Mauritius won 3–2 on aggregate.

Second round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Madagascar  4–2  Mozambique 2–2 2–0
Mauritius  2–4  Angola 0–1 2–3
Comoros  2–1  Lesotho 2–0 0–1
Namibia  1–1 (5–4 p)  Zimbabwe 1–0 0–1
Botswana  0–3  South Africa 0–2 0–1
Swaziland  0–7  Zambia 0–4 0–3
Madagascar  2–2  Mozambique
Report
Mozambique  0–2  Madagascar
Report

Madagascar won 4–2 on aggregate.


Mauritius  0–1  Angola
Report
Angola  3–2  Mauritius
Report

Angola won 4–2 on aggregate.


Comoros  2–0  Lesotho
Report
Lesotho  1–0  Comoros
Report

Comoros win 2–1 on aggregate.


Namibia  1–0  Zimbabwe
Report
Zimbabwe  1–0  Namibia
Report
Penalties
4–5

1–1 on aggregate. Namibia won 5–4 on penalties.


Botswana  0–2  South Africa
Report
South Africa  1–0  Botswana
Report

South Africa won 3–0 on aggregate.


Swaziland  0–4  Zambia
Report
Zambia  3–0  Swaziland
Report

Zambia won 7–0 on aggregate.

Third round

Winners qualify for 2018 African Nations Championship.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Madagascar  0–1  Angola 0–0 0–1
Comoros  2–3  Namibia 2–1 0–2
South Africa  2–4  Zambia 2–2 0–2
Madagascar  0–0  Angola
Report
Angola  1–0  Madagascar
Report

Angola won 1–0 on aggregate.


Comoros  2–1  Namibia
Report
Namibia  2–0  Comoros
Report

Namibia won 3–2 on aggregate.


South Africa  2–2  Zambia
Report
Zambia  2–0  South Africa
Report

Zambia won 4–2 on aggregate.

Qualified teams

The following 16 teams qualified for the final tournament.

Team Qualifying zone Qualified on Previous appearances in African Nations Championship1
 Morocco (hosts) North Zone 18 August 2017 2 (2014, 2016)
 Libya 18 August 2017 2 (2009, 2014)
 Guinea West A Zone 23 August 2017 1 (2016)
 Mauritania 19 August 2017 1 (2014)
 Nigeria West B Zone 19 August 2017 2 (2014, 2016)
 Ivory Coast 19 August 2017 3 (2009, 2011, 2016)
 Burkina Faso 20 August 2017 1 (2014)
 Equatorial Guinea Central Zone 9 August 2017 0 (debut)
 Congo 19 August 2017 1 (2014)
 Cameroon 19 August 2017 2 (2011, 2016)
 Uganda Central-East Zone 19 August 2017 3 (2011, 2014, 2016)
 Sudan 19 August 2017 1 (2011)
 Rwanda 12 November 2017 2 (2011, 2016)
 Angola South Zone 19 August 2017 2 (2011, 2016)
 Namibia 20 August 2017 0 (debut)
 Zambia 19 August 2017 2 (2009, 2016)
1 Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.

Goalscorers

8 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goals

Notes

  1. ^ Libya played their home leg in Tunisia due to the Libyan Civil War.
  2. ^ a b The first leg between Senegal and Guinea was postponed to mid-week to avoid a clash with general assembly elections.[13] The second leg was also postponed to mid-week as a result. It was originally to be played on 22 August, but was postponed to the next day due to heavy rain.[14]
  3. ^ Somalia played their home leg in Djibouti due to the Somali Civil War.[16]
  4. ^ a b The first leg between Burundi and Sudan was postponed by a week to allow Sudan to travel to Burundi following the lifting of the suspension of the Sudan Football Association on 13 July.[18] The second leg was also postponed by a week as a result.

References

  1. ^ "Tirage au Sort des Eliminatoires du CHAN Total, Kenya 2018" (PDF). CAF.
  2. ^ "Press Release on FAM Exco meeting resolutions". Football Association of Malawi. 12 March 2017. Archived from the original on 2017-05-18. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Malawi make U-turn over Nations Cup withdrawal". BBC Sport. 17 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Kenya to Host 2018 Africa Nations Cup". allAfrica.com. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Decisions of the Executive Committee - 23 September 2017". CAF. 23 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Morocco will host Total CHAN 2018". CAF. 15 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Egypt qualify for Total CHAN, Morocco 2018". CAF. 15 October 2017.
  8. ^ "AFRICAN FOOTBALL Egypt declines CHAN 2018 invite". soka25east.com. 22 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Play-off Ethiopia - Rwanda for a place in Total Chan, Morocco 2018". CAF. 28 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Fixtures of Total CHAN Kenya 2018 qualifiers". CAF. 4 February 2017.
  11. ^ "CAF Flash Magazine: Final 2016 Orange Confederation Cup" (PDF). CAF.
  12. ^ "Regulations of the African Nations Championship" (PDF). CAF.
  13. ^ "Elim. CHAN 2018 : Sénégal-Guinée reporté". foot224.net. 3 August 2017. Archived from the original on 3 August 2017.
  14. ^ "Guinée-Sénégal (CHAN 2018) : la pluie empêche la tenue du match". guinee360.com. 22 August 2017.
  15. ^ "Guinea Ecuatorial clasificada para la CHAN Kenia 2018". FEGUIFUT. 9 August 2017.
  16. ^ "Sextet start race to Kenya 2018". CAF. 20 April 2017.
  17. ^ "ELIMINATOIRES CHAN 2018: DJIBOUTI DÉCLARE FORFAIT !". africatopsports.com. 18 July 2017.
  18. ^ "Eliminatoires CHAN 2018 : Burundi vs Soudan, reporté d'une semaine". iwacu-burundi.org. 15 July 2017.

External links

  • Total African Nations Championship Qualifiers 2018, CAFonline.com
  • 2018 CHAN Qualifiers, AfricanFootball.com
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