2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

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.

2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
Tournament details
Dates9 October 2019 – 17 November 2020
Teams52 (from 1 confederation)
Tournament statistics
Matches played56
Goals scored131 (2.34 per match)
Top scorer(s) Victor Osimhen
Luís Leal
Famara Diédhiou
Wahbi Khazri
(3 goals each)

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

Round Matchday Dates
Preliminary round First leg 9 October 2019
Second leg 13 October 2019
Group stage Match Day 1 13–16 November 2019
Match Day 2 17–19 November 2019
Match Day 3 31 August – 8 September 2020
Match Day 4
Match Day 5 5–13 October 2020
Match Day 6 9–17 November 2020

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 Final tournament 5 Oct '20 2–0 31 Aug '20
2  Mali 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2 4 2–2 31 Aug '20 9 Nov '20
3  Namibia 2 1 0 1 2 3 1 3 9 Nov '20 8 Sep '20 2–1
4  Chad 2 0 0 2 1 4 3 0 8 Sep '20 0–2 5 Oct '20
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 Final tournament 5 Oct '20 2–0 31 Aug '20
2  Burkina Faso 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 4 0–0 31 Aug '20 9 Nov '20
3  Malawi 2 1 0 1 1 2 1 3 9 Nov '20 8 Sep '20 1–0
4  South Sudan 2 0 0 2 1 3 2 0 8 Sep '20 1–2 5 Oct '20
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 Final tournament 2–0 31 Aug '20 9 Nov '20
2  South Africa 2 1 0 1 1 2 1 3 5 Oct '20 1–0 31 Aug '20
3  Sudan 2 1 0 1 4 1 +3 3 8 Sep '20 9 Nov '20 4–0
4  São Tomé and Príncipe 2 0 0 2 0 5 5 0 0–1 8 Sep '20 5 Oct '20
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 Final tournament 8 Sep '20 2–2 5 Oct '20
2  Gabon 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 4 31 Aug '20 5 Oct '20 2–1
3  DR Congo 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2 9 Nov '20 0–0 31 Aug '20
4  Angola 2 0 0 2 2 5 3 0 1–3 9 Nov '20 8 Sep '20
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 Final tournament 0–0 31 Aug '20 9 Nov '20
2  Mauritania 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2 4 5 Oct '20 2–0 31 Aug '20
3  Central African Republic 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3 8 Sep '20 9 Nov '20 2–0
4  Burundi 2 0 0 2 0 5 5 0 0–3 8 Sep '20 5 Oct '20
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 Final tournament 8 Sep '20 9 Nov '20 2–0
2  Cameroon (Q) 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 4 31 Aug '20 0–0 9 Nov '20
3  Cape Verde 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2 2–2 5 Oct '20 31 Aug '20
4  Rwanda 2 0 0 2 0 3 3 0 5 Oct '20 0–1 8 Sep '20
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 Final tournament 8 Sep '20 0–0 5 Oct '20
2  Kenya 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2 31 Aug '20 5 Oct '20 1–1
3  Egypt 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2 9 Nov '20 1–1 31 Aug '20
4  Togo 2 0 1 1 1 2 1 1 0–1 9 Nov '20 8 Sep '20
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 Final tournament 31 Aug '20 9 Nov '20 5–0
2  Zimbabwe 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 4 8 Sep '20 0–0 9 Nov '20
3  Botswana 2 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 0–1 5 Oct '20 8 Sep '20
4  Zambia 2 0 0 2 1 7 6 0 5 Oct '20 1–2 31 Aug '20
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 Final tournament 2–0 31 Aug '20 9 Nov '20
2  Congo 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1 3 5 Oct '20 3–0 31 Aug '20
3  Guinea-Bissau 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 3 8 Sep '20 9 Nov '20 3–0
4  Eswatini 2 0 0 2 1 7 6 0 1–4 8 Sep '20 5 Oct '20
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 Final tournament 4–1 31 Aug '20 9 Nov '20
2  Libya 2 1 0 1 3 5 2 3 5 Oct '20 2–1 31 Aug '20
3  Tanzania 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 3 8 Sep '20 9 Nov '20 2–1
4  Equatorial Guinea 2 0 0 2 1 3 2 0 0–1 8 Sep '20 5 Oct '20
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 Final tournament 1–0 8 Sep '20 9 Nov '20
2  Ethiopia 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3 5 Oct '20 2–1 8 Sep '20
3  Ivory Coast 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3 31 Aug '20 9 Nov '20 1–0
4  Niger 2 0 0 2 2 7 5 0 2–6 31 Aug '20 5 Oct '20
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 Final tournament 2–1 9 Nov '20 31 Aug '20
2  Benin 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3 5 Oct '20 31 Aug '20 1–0
3  Lesotho 2 0 1 1 3 5 2 1 2–4 8 Sep '20 5 Oct '20
4  Sierra Leone 2 0 1 1 1 2 1 1 8 Sep '20 9 Nov '20 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 19 July 2019.
  2. "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking - Ranking Table - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
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