Wednesday, April 08, 2015

2017 AFCON Qualifiers: Nigeria To Play Egypt For A Place In Gabon 2017

Nigeria will play Egypt in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers which is to be held in Gabon.

The Super Eagles, who will also play in Group H alongside Tanzania and Chad, will hope to stop the record AFCON winner from qualifying for the third time consecutively.

The last time Nigeria played Egypt was in the 2010 AFCON in Angola and the Pharaohs won the then Super Eagles handled by Shaibu Amodu by 3-1 at the time. 

They went on to win the competition which is their 6th and highest in the history of the Africa Nations Cup. They, however, have not qualify for the competition since then amidst serious crisis in the country, politically and in football as well.

Nigeria, failed to qualify for the last Nations Cup held in Equatorial Guinea even as defending champion and has not had a substantive coach for the national team since the contract of coach Stephen Keshi ran out.

Gabon will host the finals in 2017 and unlike previous years, will play in the qualifiers, howbeit as a friendly with nothing at stake. 

The groups are as follows

AFCON 2017 qualifying draws:
Group A - Tunisia, Togo, Liberia, Djibouti
Group B -DRC, Angola, CAR, Madagascar
Group C - Mali, Eq. Guinea, Benin, South Sudan
Group D - Burkina Faso, Uganda, Botswana, Comoros
Group E - Zambia, Congo, Kenya, Guinea Bissau
Group F - Cape Verde, Morocco, Libya, Sao Tome
Group G - Nigeria, Egypt, Tanzania, Chad
Group H - Ghana, Mozambique, Rwanda, Mauritius
Group I - Cote d'Ivoire, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Gabon
Group J - Algeria, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Seychelles
Group K - Senegal, Niger, Nambia, Burundi
Group L - Guinea, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Swaziland
Group M - Cameroon, South Africa, Gambia, Mauritania

The group winners and two best second placed teams join hosts Gabon for Finals in 2017

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