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2021 Africa Cup of Nations Qualification
2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
Tournament details
Dates
Teams52 (from 1 confederation)
Tournament statistics
Matches played56
Goals scored131 (2.34 per match)
Top scorer(s)Nigeria Victor Osimhen
São Tomé and Príncipe Luís Leal
Senegal Famara Diédhiou
Tunisia Wahbi Khazri
2019
2023

The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification matches will be organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to decide the participating teams of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, the 33rd edition of the international men's football championship of Africa. A total of 24 teams will qualify to play in the final tournament, including Cameroon who qualified automatically as hosts.

Draw

The draw took place on 18 July 2019, 18:30 CAT (UTC+2), in Cairo, Egypt.[1] A total of 52 teams entered the tournament, including the hosts Cameroon, while Eritrea and Somalia chose to not enter the qualifiers.

Seeding

The teams were seeded based upon their June 2019 FIFA World Rankings (points shown in parentheses).[2] All 44 teams from Pot 1 to Pot 4 entered the competition at the group stage, while teams from Pot 5 had to compete at the preliminary round in order to advance to the group stage.

Each group contained one team from Pot 1, Pot 2 and Pot 3. Groups from Group A to Group D contained a winning team from the preliminary round, while groups from Group E to Group L contained a team from Pot 4

Pot Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5
Teams

Schedule

The schedule of the qualifying competition is as follows. After the rescheduling of the final tournament from June/July to January/February, the dates of the matchdays 3-6 of the group stage were also rescheduled.[3]

Round Matchday Dates Matches
Original dates Revised dates
Preliminary round First leg 9 October 2019 Team 1 vs. Team 2
Second leg 13 October 2019 Team 2 vs. Team 1
Group stage Match Day 1 13-16 November 2019 Team 1 vs. Team 2, Team 3 vs. Team 4
Match Day 2 17-19 November 2019 Team 4 vs. Team 1, Team 2 vs. Team 3
Match Day 3 31 August - 8 September 2020 23-31 March 2020 Team 1 vs. Team 3, Team 2 vs. Team 4
Match Day 4 Team 3 vs. Team 1, Team 4 vs. Team 2
Match Day 5 5-13 October 2020 1-9 June 2020 Team 2 vs. Team 1, Team 4 vs. Team 3
Match Day 6 9-17 November 2020 31 August - 8 September 2020 Team 1 vs. Team 4, Team 3 vs. Team 2

Preliminary round

All 8 teams from Pot 5 were drawn into 4 ties and played in home-and-away two-legged format. The 4 winners advanced to the group stage to join the 44 teams which entered directly. They went to positions A4, B4, C4 and D4 respectively based on their tie number.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Liberia  1-1 (4-5 p)  Chad 1-0 0-1
South Sudan  3-1  Seychelles 2-1 1-0
Mauritius  2-5  São Tomé and Príncipe 1-3 1-2
Djibouti  2-2 (2-3 p)  Gambia 1-1 1-1

Group stage

The 48 teams were drawn into 12 groups of four teams (from Group A to Group L). Teams consisted of the 44 teams which entered directly, in addition to the 4 winners of the preliminary round whose identity was not known at the time of the draw.

The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations host, Cameroon, will participate in the qualifiers with the team guaranteed a spot in the finals regardless of its ranking in the group. Their matches and results will count in determining the qualification of the other teams from their group.

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Guinea 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2 4 Qualify for final tournament 9 Jun 2-0 23 Mar
2  Mali 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2 4 2-2 23 Mar 8 Sep
3  Namibia 2 1 0 1 2 3 −1 3 8 Sep 31 Mar 2-1
4  Chad 2 0 0 2 1 4 −3 0 31 Mar 0-2 9 Jun
Updated to match(es) played on 17 November 2019. Source: CAF

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Uganda 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2 4 Qualify for final tournament 9 Jun 2-0 23 Mar
2  Burkina Faso 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 4 0-0 23 Mar 8 Sep
3  Malawi 2 1 0 1 1 2 −1 3 8 Sep 31 Mar 1-0
4  South Sudan 2 0 0 2 1 3 −2 0 31 Mar 1-2 9 Jun
Updated to match(es) played on 17 November 2019. Source: CAF

Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Ghana 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3 6 Qualify for final tournament 2-0 23 Mar 8 Sep
2  South Africa 2 1 0 1 1 2 −1 3 9 Jun 1-0 23 Mar
3  Sudan 2 1 0 1 4 1 +3 3 31 Mar 8 Sep 4-0
4  São Tomé and Príncipe 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5 0 0-1 31 Mar 9 Jun
Updated to match(es) played on 18 November 2019. Source: CAF

Group D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Gambia 2 1 1 0 5 3 +2 4 Qualify for final tournament 31 Mar 2-2 9 Jun
2  Gabon 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 4 23 Mar 9 Jun 2-1
3  DR Congo 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2 8 Sep 0-0 23 Mar
4  Angola 2 0 0 2 2 5 −3 0 1-3 8 Sep 31 Mar
Updated to match(es) played on 18 November 2019. Source: CAF

Group E

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Morocco 2 1 1 0 3 0 +3 4 Qualify for final tournament 0-0 23 Mar 8 Sep
2  Mauritania 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2 4 9 Jun 2-0 23 Mar
3  Central African Republic 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3 31 Mar 8 Sep 2-0
4  Burundi 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5 0 0-3 31 Mar 9 Jun
Updated to match(es) played on 19 November 2019. Source: CAF

Group F

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Mozambique 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2 4 Qualify for final tournament 31 Mar 8 Sep 2-0
2  Cameroon (Q) 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 4 23 Mar 0-0 8 Sep
3  Cape Verde 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2 2-2 9 Jun 23 Mar
4  Rwanda 2 0 0 2 0 3 −3 0 9 Jun 0-1 31 Mar
Updated to match(es) played on 18 November 2019. Source: CAF
(Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Group G

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Comoros 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 4 Qualify for final tournament 31 Mar 0-0 9 Jun
2  Kenya 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2 23 Mar 9 Jun 1-1
3  Egypt 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2 8 Sep 1-1 23 Mar
4  Togo 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 1 0-1 8 Sep 31 Mar
Updated to match(es) played on 18 November 2019. Source: CAF

Group H

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Algeria 2 2 0 0 6 0 +6 6 Qualify for final tournament 23 Mar 8 Sep 5-0
2  Zimbabwe 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 4 31 Mar 0-0 8 Sep
3  Botswana 2 0 1 1 0 1 −1 1 0-1 9 Jun 31 Mar
4  Zambia 2 0 0 2 1 7 −6 0 9 Jun 1-2 23 Mar
Updated to match(es) played on 19 November 2019. Source: CAF

Group I

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Senegal 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5 6 Qualify for final tournament 2-0 23 Mar 8 Sep
2  Congo 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1 3 9 Jun 3-0 23 Mar
3  Guinea-Bissau 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 3 31 Mar 8 Sep 3-0
4  Eswatini 2 0 0 2 1 7 −6 0 1-4 31 Mar 9 Jun
Updated to match(es) played on 17 November 2019. Source: CAF

Group J

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Tunisia 2 2 0 0 5 1 +4 6 Qualify for final tournament 4-1 23 Mar 8 Sep
2  Libya 2 1 0 1 3 5 −2 3 9 Jun 2-1 23 Mar
3  Tanzania 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 3 31 Mar 8 Sep 2-1
4  Equatorial Guinea 2 0 0 2 1 3 −2 0 0-1 31 Mar 9 Jun
Updated to match(es) played on 19 November 2019. Source: CAF

Group K

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Madagascar 2 2 0 0 7 2 +5 6 Qualify for final tournament 1-0 31 Mar 8 Sep
2  Ethiopia 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3 9 Jun 2-1 31 Mar
3  Ivory Coast 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3 23 Mar 8 Sep 1-0
4  Niger 2 0 0 2 2 7 −5 0 2-6 23 Mar 9 Jun
Updated to match(es) played on 19 November 2019. Source: CAF

Group L

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Nigeria 2 2 0 0 6 3 +3 6 Qualify for final tournament 2-1 8 Sep 23 Mar
2  Benin 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3 9 Jun 23 Mar 1-0
3  Lesotho 2 0 1 1 3 5 −2 1 2-4 31 Mar 9 Jun
4  Sierra Leone 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 1 31 Mar 8 Sep 1-1
Updated to match(es) played on 17 November 2019. Source: CAF

Top goalscorers

There have been 131 goals scored in 56 matches, for an average of 2.34 goals per match (as of 19 November 2019). Players highlighted in bold are still active in the competition.

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

References

  1. ^ "Draw for 2021 Africa Cup of Nations released". CAF. 18 July 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking - Ranking Table - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ "CAF reschedules dates of Nations Cup and World Cup qualifiers". Ahram Online. 16 January 2020.

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