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Zambia to face Guinea Bissau, Mozambique and Namibia in 2019 Afcon qualifiers

Zambia has been placed in Group K of the Cameroon 2019 Africa Cup qualification tournament along with Guinea Bissau, Mozambique and Namibia.

This follows a draw conducted on Thursday night by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Libreville.

Despite not qualifying for the 2017 edition of the competition, the Chipopololo were seeded in Pot 1 along with eleven other African football power houses Algeria, Senegal, Cameroon, Mali, Nigeria, Ghana, Congo DR, Ivory Coast, Tunisia and Cape Verde.

Mozambique were drawn from Pot 2 while Guinea Bissau who denied Zambia a place at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations by qualifying top of Group E were drawn from Pot 3. Namibia were drawn from Pot 4.

Zambia national team coach Wedson Nyirenda described the draw as favourable but was quick to emphasise that there were no weak teams in the group.

"It is a favourable draw but there are no small teams in football. Our challenge now is how we are going to find the best way prepare the senior national team considering that we also have commitments with the U-20 national team. We will find a way to assemble locally based players as early as possible," said Nyirenda who is also attached to the U-20 men's national team ahead of the 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations.

Below is the full draw:

Preliminary Round:

Match 1: Sao Tome and Principe vs Madagascar

Match 2: Comoros vs Mauritius

Match 3: Djibouti vs South Sudan

Group Stage

Group A: Senegal, Equatorial Guinea, Sudan, Sao Tome & Principe/Madagascar

Group B: Cameroon, Morocco, Malawi, Comoros/Mauritius

Group C: Mali, Gabon, Burundi, Djibouti/South Sudan

Group D: Algeria, Togo, Benin, Gambia

Group E: Nigeria, South Africa, Libya, Seychelles

Group F: Ghana, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Kenya

Group G: Congo DR, Congo- Brazzaville, Zimbabwe, Liberia

Group H: Ivory Coast, Guinea, Central African Republic, Rwanda

Group I: Burkina Faso, Angola, Botswana, Mauritania

Group J: Tunisia, Egypt, Niger, Swaziland

Group K: Zambia, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau, Namibia

Group L: Cape Verde, Uganda, Tanzania, Lesotho

Three winners of the preliminary round which will be played in March will be placed in Groups A, B and C.

Group stage matches will be played from June 2017 to November 2018.

12 group winners from Groups A to Group L plus hosts Cameroon will automatically qualify.

Caf also outlined the following scenario for Group B which contains hosts Cameroon:

(a) If the host team is the winner of the group, the runner-up will automatically qualify to the final tournament. No other team will be eligible to qualify from this Group.

(b) If the host team is the runner-up, only the winner of the group will qualify to the final tournament.

(c) If the host team is either in 3rd or 4th place, the winner of the group qualifies to the final tournament and the runner-up will be eligible to qualify as one of the best runners-up.







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