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All set for Sudan CHAN 2011 draw, procedure and seeding

The draw for the Sudan 2011 African Nations Championship (CHAN) is all set for Saturday, November 27 at the Friendship Hall, Khartoum at 19H00 local time.

A delegation from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) headed by Executive Committee member, Mohamed Raouaraoua, are in the Sudanese capital to conduct the official draw of the second edition of the tournament designed exclusively for footballer playing in their domestic leagues.

Also expected to grace the event are officials of the qualified teams for the championships.

The 16 qualified teams will be housed into four groups of four teams each and will play each other on a round-robin basis, with the first and second placed teams of each group advancing to the quarter finals. The quarter final winners will progress to the semi final with the eventual winners qualifying to the final.

Host Sudan qualified automatically whilst 15 teams emerged from the qualifying series

The rest are Algeria and Tunisia (Northern Zone); Mali and Senegal (Zone West A); Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Niger (Zone West B); Cameroon, Gabon and DR Congo (Central Zone); Uganda and Rwanda (Central-East Zone); Angola, South Africa and Zimbabwe (Southern Zone).

The tournament takes places from 4-25 February, 2011.

Please find below the procedures and seedings for the drawing of lots of the final tournament of the Orange African Nations Championship –Sudan 2011

Khartoum, Sudan, 27 November 2010.

1. In conformity with the regulations of the competition, Sudan, the host country shall be the top seeded team of group A and DR Congo, the trophy holder will be the top seeded team of group C.

2. Sudan and DR Congo will respectively have letters A1 and C1 on the board.

3. According to their results in the 1st Edition CHAN 2009 , Ghana the finalist and Senegal the semi-finalist will be placed in the level 1 teams and will be the top seeded teams of groups B and D. A draw will then be done to determine which of these two countries shall be awarded the letter B1 and which one will have the letter D1.

4. The remaining twelve countries will be categorized into three hats according to the following criteria in order of priority:

- Results in the 1st Edition CHAN 2009
- Zonal Separation as determined by CAF statutes.

Considering that the 2nd Edition of CHAN’s Final tournament saw the increase from 8 to 16 teams, it is important to note that only 4 teams having participated at the CHAN 2009 in Cote d’Ivoire will also participate in the CHAN 2011 in Sudan. Consequently, CAF will also take into account the FIFA ranking of the National teams in order to determine their respective levels:

On this basis the hats number two, three and four will respectively be as follows:

- Pot  two : Algeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Tunisia and Zimbabwe
- Pot three: Angola, Cameroun, Gabon and South Africa
- Pot four : Mali, Niger, Rwanda and Uganda

5. The first step will be to proceed to the repartition of the teams of the fourth hat (Mali, Niger, Rwanda and Uganda) in the four groups.

6. For this step we will seek the assistance of our Football celebrities present at the drawing of lots ceremony.

The first celebrity shall draw from the first jar the name of one of the four teams of the fourth hat (Mali, Niger, Rwanda and Uganda).

The first country to be drawn shall belong to group A, the 2nd country to group B, 3rd Country to group C & 4th to group D.

In case it is in group A, he will determine its exact place by drawing one of the balls remaining in group A (A2, A3 or A4). The same procedure shall be done for the three other teams of the fourth hat.

7. The second stage shall be done in the same way for the third hat teams (Angola, Cameroon, Gabon and South Africa).

8. The last stage shall be done in the same way for the second hat teams (Algeria ,Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia and Zimbabwe).

By the end of these stages the sixteen qualified countries would then, be distributed within the four groups.

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