Cairo, Egypt, September 25, 2013 - The African Volleyball Confederation (CAVB) announced the full programme for the zonal phase (second round) of the 2014 FIVB Volleyball World Championship African qualification tournaments to be held during October and November, 2013.
The zonal phase of the African qualifiers features 26 men and 25 women countries divided into seven continental zones, where the champions of zones 1 and 7 along with the champions and runner up of zones 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 will automatically qualify to the third round (final phase) of the qualifiers making over 12 teams in each gender.
The qualified teams from the second round will be accompanied by the top three ranked countries in the FIVB men's world ranking and the top two in the women's world ranking where they will be re-divided into three men's and two women's pools. The winner of each of the third round pools will book a ticket to the FIVB Volleyball World Championships, which will be held in Poland for men and Italy for women in 2014. Africa has three vacancies for the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship Poland 2014 and two for the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship Italy 2014.
Mauritius will start the program when they host both men and women qualifiers from October 4 to 7, 2013 where the organizers with Seychelles will battle it out for one vacancy in the final phase.
Zone 1 qualifiers will be held in Tunisia for men where they face Algeria and Morocco to see who joins the automatically qualifed hosts in the final round which will also be held in Tunisia from November 8 to 12. In the women's category, Algeria and Tunisia have already secured their qualification tickets.
In Zone 2, Cape Verde and Senegal already secured the two tickets of the men qualifiers, while Senegal, Cape Verde, Guinea Conakry and Gambia will fight in Cape Verde for two slots at the qualifiers hosted by Cape Verde from November 7 to 11.
The Zone 3 men's tournament will be hosted by Niger from October 23 to 27 where they play Ghana, Nigeria and Burkina Faso for the two tickets. The women qualification tournament will feature Ghana, Nigeria, Cote d'Ivoire and Togo.
The Zone 4 men's qualifier in Congo Brazzaville from November 6 to 10 includes the organizer as well as Chad, Gabon and Cameroon competing for the two slots. Cameroon, RD Congo and Congo Brazzaville will be the candidates for the women's in RD Congo from November 1 to 5.
Rwanda host the Zone 5 men's tournament from November 25 to December 1 where they fight against giants Egypt, Burundi, Kenya and Uganda. The latter will host the women's tournament from October 16 to 20 with Kenya, Egypt, Uganda and Tanzania fighting for two places in the finals.
Botswana will organize the Zone 6 men's qualification from October 7 to 13, where they line up against Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and Namibia for two slots in the finals. Zambia will be the site for the women's qualifier where they host Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Mozambique and Namibia October 21 to 27.