The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon will face Guinea Bissau in the first phase of qualifiers of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
The home and away knock-out games will be played in January 2012 at the same time as the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
These will be the first competitive games for Cameroon’s newly appointed technical staff headed by Frenchman Denis Lavagne.
The Nations Cup is being switched from even to odd years so there is only one year between the next two events.
As a result the qualifiers for the 2013 competition have been divided into three parts:
- A first preliminary stage involving the four lowest ranked teams that are not qualified for the Africa Cup in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. As such Seychelles will play against Swaziland while Sao Tome take on Lesotho.
- The winners of these games plus 26 other countries that have not qualified qualified for the 2012 edition of the Africa cup will face each other in head-to-head (home and away) knock out games (see pairings below).
- The winners of these games will then be paired against teams that will participate in the 2012 Africa Cup. These games will also be home and away, head-to-head fixtures.
- The fifteen teams that emerge from this process will join hosts South Africa in the 2013 tournament.
Here is the complete fixture list as drawn by the Confederation of African Football:
Preliminary round one:
Seychelles v Swaziland
Sao Tome v Lesotho
Preliminary round two:
Ethiopia v Benin
Rwanda v Nigeria
Congo Brazzaville v Uganda
Burundi v Zimbabwe
Algeria v The Gambia
Kenya v Togo
Sao Tome/Lesotho v Sierra Leone
Guinea Bissau v Cameroon
Chad v Malawi
Seychelles/Swaziland v DR Congo
Tanzania v Mozambique
Central African Republic v Egypt
Madagascar v Cape Verde
Liberia v Namibia