AAG Congo 2015: Men, Women qualifiers set for start

AAG Congo 2015: Men, Women qualifiers set for start
20 February 2015 02:44

 

In a packed year which has the Orange AFCON, African U-17 Championship, CAF U-20 Championship, Orange CHAN 2016 qualifiers and the CAF U-23 Championship, also on the calendar is the 11th edition of the All Africa Games.

 

The multi-sport event will mark its 50th anniversary with this year’s edition scheduled from 4-19 September in Congo. Incidentally, the maiden edition was also held in Congo in 1965.

 

This weekend the journey to final tournament starts with the first round matches of the qualifiers for both men and women.

 

Cameroon has been the most successful with four triumphs; 1991 (in Cairo), 1999 (in Johannesburg), 2003 (in Abuja) and 2007 (in Algiers). Egypt have won the ultimate twice; 1987 (Nairobi) and 1995 (Harare).

 

One-time winners include Congo (1965, Brazzaville), Nigeria (1973, Lagos), Algeria (1978, Algiers) and Ghana (2011, Maputo).

 

For this year, 22 countries will be involved in the qualifying phase. Notably missing is Algeria, who has withdrawn their participation. The qualifiers will be played in two rounds with Ghana, South Africa, Cameroon and Senegal exempted from the first round.

 

 

Fixtures (First Round)

Saturday, 21 February 2015

DR Congo vs Burundi

Gabon vs Nigeria

Mozambique vs Uganda

 

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Ethiopia vs Sudan

 

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Egypt vs Kenya

 

Burkina Faso vs Libya*

Cote d’Ivoire vs Guinea Bissau*

Zambia vs Madagascar*

Mali vs Tunisia*

*Swaziland vs Zimbabwe

 

*Withdrew

Bye: South Africa, Cameroon, Ghana, Senegal

 

[Second leg: 6-8 March 2015]

 

Women’s Tournament

For the Women’s category, Nigeria has been the dominant force, winning gold twice (2003 and 2007) whilst Cameroon nailed the ultimate in 2011.

 

The first round of the qualifiers will see Mali against Gabon in Bamako and Madagascar versus Botswana in Antananarivo.

 

Fixtures (First Round)

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Mali vs Gabon

 

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Madagascar vs Botswana

 

*Libya vs Guinea Bissau

 

*Withdrew

 

Bye: South Africa, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

 

[Second leg: 6-8 March 2015]

 

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