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Tanzania to face Zimbabwe in 2015 AFCON qualifier

The return-leg game will be held in Zimbabwe between May 30 and June 1. If Taifa Stars go through they will face the winner of the match between Mozambique and South Sudan and subsequently advance to the group stage.

Other members of the Council of East and Central African Football Associations (CACAFA) Kenya are pitted against the Comoros, Uganda face Madagascar, Burundi are drawn against Botswana while Rwanda face Libya.

Group A consists of defending champions Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Namibia/Congo/Libya/Rwanda. Group B has Mali, Algeria, Ethiopia, winner of Sao Tome/Benin/Malawi/Chad. Group C comprises Burkina Faso, Angola, Gabon, winner of Liberia/Lesotho/Kenya/Comoros.

Group D is made of Ivory Coast, Cameroon, DR Congo, winner of Swaziland/Sierra Leone/Gambia/Seychelles. Group E brings together Ghana, Togo, Guinea, winner of Madagascar/Uganda/Mauritania/EqGuinea.

Group F embraces Zambia, Cape Verde, Niger, winner of Tanzania/Zimbabwe/Mozambique/South Sudan. Group G, which is described as the “group of death”, has Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, winner of Burundi/Botswana/CAR/Guinea Bissau.

The AFCON finals will take place in Morocco from January 17 to February 8, 2015, and the four groups will be based in Marrakech, Agadir, Rabat and Tangier. The six match days of the Group stage will take place between September 5 and 19 November 19, this year.

Seven group winners, seven group runners-up and the best third-placed side will qualify for the finals. Commenting on the draw, Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Kalusha Bwalya said:

“It is tough and in today’s football especially on our African continent everybody is a tough opponent. “Niger is a strong side that we have played against in a number of years and we all know what Cape Verde did at the AFCON finals last year in South Africa.

“They were the surprise team, so they will still be competitive. To add to the twist and toughness of it all the winner from the 2nd round could be one of our neighbours, Mozambique, Tanzania or Zimbabwe and it’s never easy as these are derby games, so you can see why I say it’s a tough draw but Zambia is always ready for a challenge and will give it a good go.”

Ethiopia Football Federation president Juneidi Basha said: "It is a strong group we find ourselves in, with Algeria, Mali and the winner of the 2nd round qualifier. I, however, think it is a possibility for us to finish first or second and we will aim for that.

“Yes it will be tough but after the progress we made reaching last AFCON and CHAN finals we want to maintain that record and even go better hence we got new coach Barreto who will be leading our quest to reach Morocco 2015 finals.”

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Author: DAILY NEWS Reporter

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