By Jacob Ajom
Champions Nigeria will be the top seed for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series, according to CAF.
Their top ranking was summed up based on a points system from recent AFCONs, the 2013 AFCON as well as their performance in the qualifying tournament for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Other top seeds for the qualifying tournament for the 2015 AFCON include Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Mali and Zambia.
The 2015 AFCON will be hosted by Morocco in four cities from January 15 to February 7.
The draw for the qualifiers is scheduled for April 27 in Cairo, Egypt.
Meanwhile, CAF are to decide on the hosts for the 2019 and 2021 AFCONs in September.
Algeria have tabled a formal bid for both tournaments.
Other countries who are vying to stage the biennial tournament are Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, DR Congo, Zambia (2019 AFCON) and Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea (2021 AFCON).