The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has finally released the rankings for countries on how they will qualify for the finals of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations to be hosted by Morocco. However Uganda Cranes missed out on a top 21 ranking by CAF which would have given them direct qualification to the group stages which kick off in September. The ranking of countries was based on their performance in the last three editions of the Nations cups and the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaigns.
Uganda Cranes will be hoping to make the finals for the first time since 1978 when they lost 2-0 to Ghana in the final in Kumasi.
When the www.fufa.co.ug contacted the chairman of technical Committee at FUFA Mujib Kasule and Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic, they were surprised at the latest developments but remained confident that the team can produce the magic and join the group stages.
‘We have to prepare soon for our possible opponents. Early preparations will put us in a good position when the qualification gets underway’ said Mujib Kasule
The preliminary rounds of the qualifying process will be played between May and August, with the final phase taking place from 5 September until 26 November.
‘We shall have special plans for each stage starting with the preliminaries which have tricky teams’ said Micho
Automatically qualified for group stages: Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Zambia, Burkina Faso, Mali, Tunisia, Algeria, Angola, Cape Verde, Togo, Egypt, South Africa, Cameroon, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Niger, Guinea, Senegal, Sudan
Teams in preliminary qualifiers: Libya, Equatorial Guinea, Botswana, Malawi, Uganda, Mozambique, Benin, Sierra Leone, Congo, CAR, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Liberia, Gambia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Namibia, Burundi, Lesotho, Guinea Bissau, Madagascar, Chad, Sao Tome, Seychelles, Comoros, Mauritius, Swaziland, Eritrea, Mauritania, South Sudan