By Jane Nambi
After the win against Congo Brazaville, Uganda earned a way to play at the African Cup of nations.
The new procedure was communicated by Confederation of African Football (CAF) and it has created another pot, Pot C in which un-seeded countries have a ‘fair qualifying system’.
In this new procedure, the 15 seeded teams represented by 15 balls will be placed in Pot A, while 15 other teams will be in Pot B and Pot C will have 30 balls representing teams from both Pots A and B.
Cranes eliminated Congo Brazzaville earning it a slot in the final Nations Cup qualifying play-offs. “I am glad CAF has decided to review the drawing procedure. That will be crucial. It will present a fair and level ground for the unseeded teams like Uganda. Let’s now wait and see where the draw takes us and plan accordingly,” FUFA president Lawrence Mulindwa stated.
South Africa is to host the games but will not be involved in the qualifiers that will be played between September 7-9 and October 12-14.
In the previous arrangement, all seeded teams had been offered the privilege of playing their first legs away from home, and hosting their opponents in the return fixtures.