Gabon Afcon draw for­mat out

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo

ZIM­BABWE will most cer­tainly meet the giants of African foot­ball when the draw for the 2017 To­tal African Cup of Na­tions fi­nals is con­ducted in Li­bre­ville, Gabon, next month.

Hold­ers Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, World Cup quar­ter-fi­nal­ists Al­ge­ria and hosts Gabon will all be seeded and sep­a­rated in the four-group Afcon fi­nals.

Ac­cord­ing to the seed­ings ap­proved by the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee at their meet­ing in Cairo, Egypt, on Mon­day, the four will be in Pot One as de­ter­mined by the per­for­mance of all the 16 qual­i­fied teams in the last three Afcon fi­nals and qual­i­fy­ing matches as well as the last World Cup fi­nals and qual­i­fy­ing matches.

The War­riors, while hav­ing par­tic­i­pated in the qual­i­fy­ing stages of all the recog­nised ver­sions, never made it to the fi­nals and are in Pot Four with other min­nows like Uganda, Guinea Bis­sau and Togo.

“The for­mula adopted for each of the Afcon fi­nal tour­na­ment was eight points for the win­ner, six points for the los­ing fi­nal­ist, four for semi-fi­nal­ists, three for quar­ter-fi­nal­ists, two for third in the group and a sin­gle point for a fourth place fin­ish,” reads a Caf state­ment. Im­por­tance was given to re­cent Afcon fi­nals in the or­der of co-ef­fi­cient three to one from 2012 to the last fi­nals.

The World Cup fi­nals were also given their weights in terms of co-ef­fi­cients and based on the seed­ing for­mu­lae Pot Two will have Tu­nisia, Mali, Burkina Faso and the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo. Pot Three was al­lo­cated to Cameroon, Sene­gal, Egypt and Morocco.

“The first team drawn out in Pot Four will go to A4, B4 for the sec­ond, C4 for the third and D4 for the fourth drawn side,” says Caf.

Mean­while, un­cer­tainty still sur­rounds the stag­ing of the To­tal Afcon fi­nals in Gabon due to the un­sta­ble po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try fol­low­ing a re­cent dis­puted pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

“The is­sue will most cer­tainly be brought up at the Caf an­nual gen­eral meet­ing in Cairo, Egypt, on Thurs­day (to­day) as it is of most im­por­tance,” said a source.

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