Mauritania withdraws from Orange CAN 2012 qualifiers
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) wishes to announce the withdrawal of Mauritania from the qualifiers of the Gabon-Equatorial Guinea 2012 Orange Africa Cup of Nations.
Mauritania were initially housed in Group F alongside Burkina Faso, Gambia and Namibia of the group’s qualifiers which commences in September.
 “We have just been informed by the Mauritania Football Federation (FFRIM) of the withdrawal of its national team from the qualifiers of the Orange CAN 2012 qualifiers,” said CAF General Secretary Mustapha Fahmy.
 The withdrawal leaves Burkina Faso, Gambia and Namibia battling for slots in Group F for the 28th edition of the continental showpiece event.
 Fourteen (14) teams will confirm their places through the qualifiers, with Gabon and Equatorial Guinea qualifying automatically as co-hosts. 

  • The following teams will be qualified to the final tournament of the CAN 2012
  • -           the 11 winners of each group
    -           the second in the group to which Togo prevails
    -           the two best runners up of the remaining 10 groups of 4
    • In case a group of four is reduced to three teams during the competition, the two best runners up of the groups of four will be determined by taking into account their results with the first and third of their respective groups without taking into account their results against the last team of their groups in order to allow the second of the group reduced to three teams to remain in the race for the two best second.
    • In case the group of Togo is reduced to four teams throughout the competition only the winner of the group will automatically be qualified to the ACN . The second must compete in the best three runners up of the group.
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