• Africa begins journey to 2012
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Sep 04, 2010-

Africa teams resume their qualifying campaign for the 2012 CAF Africa Cup of Nations underway this weekend with 21 matches scheduled across different cities.

The qualifiers began in June, but the majority of the region’s giants will begin their qualifying campaigns this weekend. Only one of the 11 pools kicked off early, because Group K has one more team than all the others, giving Botswana, Chad, Malawi, Togo and Tunisia an early start. They have already been through three rounds of matches and are set to play a fourth.

But the other 39 teams in the preliminary competition are poised to start their bid on Saturday to reach the tournament, which will be co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

Among them are reigning champions Egypt, who have been placed in a tough group including South Africa, and a Ghana side fresh from reaching the quarter-finals at the recent FIFA World Cup.

Most of Africa's established powers have apparently comfortable starts, but they will be wary that seemingly easy ties on paper are not necessarily the same in reality. Cameroon play a first game under new coach Javier Clemente in Mauritius, while Nigeria, still with a caretaker coach, host Madagascar in Calabar. Côte d'Ivoire will be without Didier Drogba but still heavily fancied to beat Rwanda in Abidjan, while Morocco attempt to their revive their reputation with a home tie against Central African Republic.

Ghana have left out both Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari for their trip to Swaziland, but coach Milovan Rajevac has insisted he has faith in the youngsters who went all the way to the final of the last Cup of Nations and will make up the bulk of his squad for Sunday’s match at the Somhlolo Stadium.

“We need to do well and build a good foundation,” said the Serbian coach, hailed as a hero in west Africa after the Black Stars reached the quarter-finals of the recent FIFA World Cup.

Kenya’s Harambee stars will be looking to put behind travel hitches, which delayed their trip to Guinea Bissau. Stars have barely 24 hours to acclimatise in the West African Nation before they face their opponents in group J. Neighbours Uganda will host Angola in the other group J tie.

 South Africa also face a straightforward assignment in the shape of visiting Niger, who have not won a competitive qualifier away since 1992. Steven Pienaar has nevertheless warned his Bafana Bafana team-mates against complacency.

The winners of each pool, plus the second-placed finishers in Group K, will qualify for Equatorial Guinea/Gabon 2012, as will the best two runners-up from Groups A to J.

  Weekend fixtures

04/09/2021

 Guinea-Bissau            vs            Kenya          

Algeria vs Tanzania            

Cape Verde Islands     vs            Mali            

Zambia                        vs             Comoros            

 Mauritius                        vs            Cameroon                        

 Morocco                        vs            Central African Republic            

South Africa                   vs            Niger                        

Ivory Coast                     vs            Rwanda                        

 Sudan                            vs             Congo            

Uganda                        vs            Angola                            

Botswana                      vs            Togo            

Tunisia                        vs            Malawi            

 

05/09/2010           

Liberia                        vs            Zimbabwe                        

 Mozambique            vs            Libya            

Ethiopia                      vs            Guinea            

Nigeria                       vs            Madagascar            

 Congo DR                vs            Senegal            

Gambia                      vs            Namibia            

Egypt                           vs            Sierra Leone                        

Benin                           vs            Burundi            

Swaziland                  vs            Ghana            

 

Fifa.com

 


2012 AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS QUALIFIERS
Group A P W D L GF GA Pts
Cape Verde 1 1 0 0 1 0 3
Liberia 1 0 1 0 1 1 1
Zimbabwe 1 0 1 0 1 1 1
Mali 1 0 0 1 0 1 0
 
Date - Time Team Results Team
4/09/10- 16:00 Cape Verde   1:0 Mali
3,4,5/09/10 Liberia   1:1 Zimbabwe
8,9,10/10/10 Mali   Liberia
8,9,10/10/10 Zimbabwe   Cape Verde
25,26,27/03/11 Cape Verde   Liberia
25,26,27/03/11 Mali   Zimbabwe
3,4,5/06/11 Liberia   Cape Verde
3,4,5/06/11 Zimbabwe   Mali
2,3,4/09/11 Mali   Cape Verde
2,3,4/09/11 Zimbabwe   Liberia
7,8,9/10/11 Liberia   Mali
7,8,9/10/11 Cap Verde   Zimbabwe
   
Group B P W D L GF GA Pts
Guinea 1 1 0 0 4 1 3
Nigeria 1 1 0 0 2 0 3
Madagascar 1 0 0 1 0 2 0
Ethiopia 1 0 0 1 1 4 0
  Group B
Date - Time Team Results Team
5/09/10- 16:00 Nigeria   2:0 Madagascar
5/09/10- 16:00 Ethiopia  1:4 Guinea
8,9,10/10/10 Madagascar   Ethiopia
8,9,10/10/10 Guinea   Nigeria
25,26,27/03/11 Nigeria   Ethiopia
25,26,27/03/11 Madagascar   Guinea
3,4,5/06/11 Ethiopia   Nigeria
3,4,5/06/11 Guinea   Madagascar
2,3,4/09/11 Madagascar   Nigeria
2,3,4/09/11 Guinea   Ethiopia
7,8,9/10/11 Ethiopia   Madagascar
7,8,9/10/11 Nigeria   Guinea
   
Group C P W D L GF GA Pts
Zambia 1 1 0 0 4 0 3
Libya 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
Mozambique 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
Comoros Islands 1 0 0 1 0 4 0
  Group C
Date - Time Team Results Team
5/09/10- 15:00 Mozambique  0:0 Libya
4/09/10- 15:00 Zambia  4:0 Comores
8,9,10/10/10 Libya   Zambia
8,9,10/10/10 Comores   Mozambique
25,26,27/03/11 Mozambique   Zambia
25,26,27/03/11 Libya   Comores
3,4,5/06/11 Zambia   Mozambique
3,4,5/06/11 Comores   Libya
2,3,4/09/11 Libya   Mozambique
2,3,4/09/11 Comores   Zambia
7,8,9/10/11 Zambia   Libya
7,8,9/10/11 Mozambique   Comores
   
Group D P W D L GF GA Pts
Algeria 1 0 1 0 1 1 1
Tanzania 1 0 1 0 1 1 1
CAR 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
Morocco 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
  Group D
Date - Time Team Results Team
3/09/10- 22:00 Algeria  1:1 Tanzania
4/09/10- 22:00 Morocco  0:0 Central Africa
8,9,10/10/10 Tanzania   Morocco
8,9,10/10/10 Central Africa   Algeria
25,26,27/03/11 Algeria   Morocco
25,26,27/03/11 Tanzania   Central Africa
3,4,5/06/11 Morocco   Algeria
3,4,5/06/11 Central Africa   Tanzania
2,3,4/09/11 Tanzania   Algeria
2,3,4/09/11 Central Africa   Morocco
7,8,9/10/11 Morocco   Tanzania
7,8,9/10/11 Algeria   Central Africa
 
 
 
Group E P W D L GF GA Pts
Senegal 1 1 0 0 4 2 3
Cameroon 1 1 0 0 3 1 3
DR Congo 1 0 0 1 2 4 0
Mauritius 1 0 0 1 1 3 0
  Group E
Date - Time Team Results Team
5/09/10- 15:00 Congo DR 2:4 Senegal
4/09/10- 15:45 Mauritius  1:3 Cameroon
8,9,10/10/10 Senegal   Mauritius
8,9,10/10/10 Cameroon   Congo DR
25,26,27/03/11 Congo DR   Mauritius
25,26,27/03/11 Senegal   Cameroon
3,4,5/06/11 Mauritius   Congo DR
3,4,5/06/11 Cameroon   Senegal
2,3,4/09/11 Senegal   Congo DR
2,3,4/09/11 Cameroon   Mauritius
7,8,9/10/11 Mauritius   Senegal
7,8,9/10/11 Congo DR   Cameroon
   
Group F P W D L GF GA Pts
Gambia 1 1 0 0 3 1 3
Burkina Faso 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Namibia 1 0 0 1 1 3 0
  Group F
Date - Time Team Results Team
3,4,5/09/10 Mauritania (withdrew)   Burkina Faso
3,4,5/09/10 Gambia  3:1 Namibia
8,9,10/10/10 Burkina Faso   Gambia
8,9,10/10/10 Namibia   Mauritania(withdrew)
25,26,27/03/11 Mauritania(withdrew)   Gambia
25,26,27/03/11 Burkina Faso   Namibia
3,4,5/06/11 Gambia   Mauritania(withdrew)
3,4,5/06/11 Namibia   Burkina Faso
2,3,4/09/11 Burkina Faso   Mauritania(withdrew)
2,3,4/09/11 Namibia   Gambia
7,8,9/10/11 Gambia   Burkina Faso
7,8,9/10/11 Mauritania(withdrew)   Namibia
   
Group G P W D L GF GA Pts  
South Africa 1 1 0 0 2 0 3  
Egypt 1 0 1 0 1 1 1  
Sierra Leone 1 0 1 0 1 1 1  
Niger 1 0 0 1 0 2 0  
  Group G
Date - Time Team Results Team
4/09/10- 20:30 South Africa  2:0 Niger
5/09/10- 21:30 Egypt  1:1 Sierra Leone
8,9,10/10/10 Niger   Egypt
8,9,10/10/10 Sierra Leone   South Africa
25,26,27/03/11 South Africa   Egypt
25,26,27/03/11 Niger   Sierra Leone
3,4,5/06/11 Egypt   South Africa
3,4,5/06/11 Sierra Leone   Niger
2,3,4/09/11 Niger   South Africa
2,3,4/09/11 Sierra Leone   Egypt
7,8,9/10/11 Egypt   Niger
7,8,9/10/11 South Africa   Sierra Leone
     
Group H P W D L GF GA Pts
Ivory Coast 1 1 0 0 3 0 3
Benin 1 0 1 0 1 1 1
Burundi 1 0 1 0 1 1 1
Rwanda 1 0 0 1 0 3 0
  Group H
Date - Time Team Results Team
4/09/10- 16:00 Cote d’Ivoire  3:0 Rwanda
5/09/10- 16:00 Benin  1:1 Burundi
8,9,10/10/10 Rwanda   Benin
8,9,10/10/10 Burundi   Cote d’Ivoire
25,26,27/03/11 Cote d’Ivoire   Benin
25,26,27/03/11 Rwanda   Burundi
3,4,5/06/11 Benin   Cote d’Ivoire
3,4,5/06/11 Burundi   Rwanda
2,3,4/09/11 Rwanda   Cote d’Ivoire
2,3,4/09/11 Burundi   Benin
7,8,9/10/11 Benin   Rwanda
7,8,9/10/11 Cote d’Ivoire   Burundi
 
Group I   P W D L GF GA Pts
Ghana 1 1 0 0 3 0 3
Sudan 1 1 0 0 2 0 3
Congo 1 0 0 1 0 2 0
Swaziland 1 0 0 1 0 3 0
  Group I
Date - Time Team Results Team
4/09/10- 22:30 Sudan  2:0 Congo
5/09/10- 15:00 Swaziland  0:3 Ghana
8,9,10/10/10 Congo   Swaziland
8,9,10/10/10 Ghana   Sudan
25,26,27/03/11 Sudan   Swaziland
25,26,27/03/11 Congo   Ghana
3,4,5/06/11 Swaziland   Sudan
3,4,5/06/11 Ghana   Congo
2,3,4/09/11 Congo   Sudan
2,3,4/09/11 Ghana   Swaziland
7,8,9/10/11 Swaziland   Congo
7,8,9/10/11 Sudan   Ghana
   
Group J P W D L GF GA Pts
Uganda 1 1 0 0 3 0 3
G Bissau 1 1 0 0 1 0 3
Kenya 1 0 0 1 0 1 0
Angola 1 0 0 1 0 3 0
  Group J
Date - Time Team Results Team
4/09/10- 16:00 Guinea Bissau  1:0 Kenya
4/09/10- 16:00 Uganda  3:0 Angola
8,9,10/10/10 Kenya   Uganda
8,9,10/10/10 Angola   Guinea Bissau
25,26,27/03/11 Guinea Bissau   Uganda
25,26,27/03/11 Kenya   Angola
3,4,5/06/11 Uganda   Guinea Bissau
3,4,5/06/11 Angola   Kenya
2,3,4/09/11 Kenya   Guinea Bissau
2,3,4/09/11 Angola   Uganda
7,8,9/10/11 Uganda   Kenya
7,8,9/10/11 Guinea Bissau   Angola
 
Group K P W D L GF GA Pts  
Botswana 4 3 1 0 5 2 10
Tunisia 3 1 1 1 5 4 5
Malawi 3 0 3 0 4 4 3
Togo 3 0 2 1 4 5 2
Chad 3 0 1 2 3 6 1
  Group K
Date - Time Team Results Team
01/07/10 Chad  2:2 Togo
01/07/10 Tunisia  0:1 Botswana
09/07/10 Togo  1:1 Malawi
09/07/10 Botswana  1:0 Chad
11/08/10 Chad           1:3 Tunisia
11/08/10 Malawi        1:1 Botswana
4/09/10- 21:30 Tunisia  2:2 Malawi
4/09/10-15:00 Botswana  2:1 Togo
8,9,10/10/10 Malawi   Chad
8,9,10/10/10 Togo   Tunisia
25,26,27/03/11 Malawi   Togo
25,26,27/03/11 Chad   Botswana
3,4,5/06/11 Tunisia   Chad
3,4,5/06/11 Botswana   Malawi
2,3,4/09/11 Malawi   Tunisia
2,3,4/09/11 Togo   Botswana
7,8,9/10/11 Chad   Malawi
7,8,9/10/11 Tunisia   Togo
         
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