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Swaziland withdraw from 2013 Africa Cup of Nations

Posted: 1 January 2012 Time: 14:53

Swaziland have withdrawn from the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, just a week before the preliminaries are due to get underway.

Swaziland were due to meet the Seychelles in a two-legged first round tie over the next fortnight but have pulled out because of financial constraints, Swaziland FA officials said.

They now face a fine from the Confederation of African Football and the possibility of being banned from the 2015 event.

The qualifying competition for next year's Nations Cup starts less than two weeks before the 2012 Finals, which are being played in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon from January 21 to February 14.

From next year, the African championships, held every two years, reverts from every even year to every odd year to avoid future clashes with World Cup years.

The 2013 Nations Cup has been awarded to South Africa, 2015 to Morocco and 2017 to Libya. The qualifiers for the 2013 tournament will played on a knockout basis over three rounds between January and October.

With the Swaziland-Seychelles tie now called off, the only first round game is that between Lesotho and Sao Tome e Principe. They meet in the first leg in Sao Tome on January 8 and play the return tie in Maseru on January 15.

Seychelles advance to the second round to meet the Democratic Republic of Congo over two legs in March.

Article by: Mzansi Football

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 08:32 pm
Bafana should also withdrw dy goin 2 emras us with sagicow cownyisa cowjail nd domkat ar stil part of bafana i dnt c bafana avchvng with dis failtures dy ar der reasn we faild 2 qualify 4 2012
posted: 09:50 pm
Happy new year to all my fellow bloggers and Kickoff guys,
@Amkhosi you are an idiot and very shallow minded, we did not qualify NOT because of those Great South Africans that you are insulting and i am saying this as a Khosi fan, we do not have a solid grassroot development structure as and that squarely goes to SAFA's incompetant and they are agreeing to that, Question is going forward are they going to do anything different????
posted: 06:08 am
Amkhosi ur very idiot coz u hate 4 pirates blind ur sight n block ur real reason we failed is not bcoz of chiefs,pirates,sundowns e.t.c players is bcoz of pitso n hs coaching stuff dey were confused by de laws.Amkhosi b4 u comment next u beta b sure of wat u saying u moron who does not understand game of ftball.
Clever boys
posted: 11:12 am
Iam disappointed with our neighbours. This has never happened before. this will kill football in that country
posted: 01:19 pm
Libya will still not be ready by 2017
posted: 12:08 pm
The main problem in Swaziland is that there are no leaders. The present FA president has been clinging on to power for over 10 years now and does not want to give others a chance.
The Swazi FA reminds me of one family......................
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