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The continental showpiece switches to odd years from 2013…

A special technical and competition committee will be instituted to work out the mechanism for the qualification to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, according to CAF Communications Director, Suleiman Habuba.

Habuba played down reports that countries qualified for the 2012 AFCON tournament will automatically qualify for the 2013 edition.

“It must also be remembered that during the same period, Africa will also be engaged in qualifications for the 2014 World Cup tournament to be staged in Brazil,” Habuba said.

“I can confirm that countries that shall have qualified for the 2012 tournament will not automatically qualify for the next edition as well. CAF will issue a statement in due course regarding how teams will qualify for the 2013 edition.”

Gabon and Equatorial Guinea will be co-hosting the 2012 edition, after which it will be staged in odd years.

CAF took a decision to move the biennial tournament to odd years following complaints that, during World Cup years, countries that have qualified for both the AFCON and World Cup performed poorly because of taking part in two intense competitions within the space of five months.

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