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CAF sets rules for choosing best third team in African Cup qualifiers

The third placed team with the highest points across qualifying groups will join the top two from all groups in Morocco in 2015

Ahram Online, Sunday 26 Oct 2014
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Egypt's Ahmed Fathy, left, and Tunisia's Ali Maaloul compete for the ball during their Africa Cup of Nations group G qualifying soccer match in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. (Photo: AP)
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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has set rules for choosing the best third placed team in the current 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The first two teams in each group will qualify for next year's Africa Cup of Nations that will take place in Morocco.

CAF rules allow the best third placed team in the seven groups of qualifiers to reach the finals, but on definite procedures.

If two teams or more are equal in points, goal difference will be decisive. If goal difference is the same, the team that scored more will play in Morocco.

Finally, if two teams are equal in scored goals, they should play a decider match to choose the winner.

Egypt are third in Group G with six points, just one point behind second-placed Senegal and four away from leaders Tunisia.

On Sunday, CAF officially informed the Egyptian Football Association that the third placed team with the highest points will be chosen.

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