Jul 10, 2013, 11:39 AM
According to report monitored from
This has arisen because the Africa Cup of Nations is being switched to be held in an odd year starting from 2013. The 2012 tournament will end in
This means there will be little time for countries who qualify for the 2012 competition to contest a qualifying campaign that normally lasts one year.
The preliminary phase of the qualifiers will start with the countries who fail to qualify for the tournament in
Sixteen countries that triumph in the preliminary qualifiers will be drawn against the 14 who qualify for the 2012 tournament. The winners from that round will automatically qualify for the competition and will be joined by hosts