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2013 Africa Cup Of Nations Kicks Off

The struggle for places at the 2013 Africa cup of nations kick off on the western island of Sao tome e Principe this weekend, about a month before the 2012 final stage in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. Africa football governing body CAF has decided to switch the climax of the biennial competition from even to odd- number and avoid having every second cup of nations staged in the same year as a world cup.

The first round of 14 fixture first round which is unusual long gap between matches with first legs set for the end of February and the second legs only in mid June after two weekend of 2014 world cup qualiers. Early september and mid octomber dates accomodate the second and final round of eliminators with 15 overall winners joining host South Africa next january for a second cup of nation within 13 months.

Another change in Africa is that the world cup and cup of nations qualifiers will no longer be combined as happened for 2006 and 2010 world continental tournament. The 2012 cup of nations -co host Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, Angola Botswana,Burkina Faso,Ghana,Guinea,Ivory coast,Libya, Mali,Morocco, Niger,Senegal.Sudan, Tunisia, and Zambia get byes into 2013 second round.

By Frank owusu obimpeh



Ghana Web





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