AFCON 2017: Ghana to start qualifiers for tournament in June, hosts to participate
Ghana will start their qualifiers for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in five months time as the qualifiers get under way in June with the hosts participating in the qualifying process for the first time in the history of, the Confederation of African Football.
CAF also confirmed the format of the qualification campaign for the next Afcon in 2017 that has yet to have a host after Libya was stripped of their status due to ongoing civil unrest in the country.
In a change from past tournaments, the host country will participate in the qualifying stages, though their matches will be considered friendlies and no points awarded.
The 52 nations will this time be divided into 13 groups containing four sides each, with the top team in each pool advancing to the finals, as well as the two best runners-up.
The exception will be the group of the host country, from which only one team will be eligible to advance.
The hosts for the 2017 finals will be known on April 8 after the CAF Ordinary General Assembly in Cairo.
The draw for the qualification groups will be done directly after that announcement.