Cairo, Egypt, October 22, 2017- The drawing of lots for the 2017 Men's African Nations Championship was done in Cairo, Egypt in presence of CAVB President Dr Amr Elwani and Control committee of the competition on Saturday where the 14 participating teams were divided into 4 preliminary pools.
Defending champions and organisers Egypt were drawn in Pool A along with Niger and Congo RD, while Pool B features heavy favourites Tunisia with Ghana, Kenya and Libya.
Cameroon will battle it out in Pool C against Morocco and Nigeria, while Algeria line up against Botswana, Chad and Rwanda in Pool D.
The top 2 teams in each of the preliminary Pool will qualify for the quarterfinal which will be the knockout stage, where the winner of Pool A play runner up of Pool D, Pool D leaders face runner up of Pool A. Leaders of Pool B combat runner up of Pool C and head of Pool C meet runner up of Pool B.
The winners of the quarterfinal qualify for the semifinal and then the winners of this stage go through to the final.
The 2017 Men's African championship doubles also as 2018 World Championship qualifiers where the top three African teams book their tickets to represent Africa in the FIVB Prestigious championship
Pool A: Egypt- Niger- Congo RD
Pool B: Tunisia- Ghana- Kenya- Libya
Pool C: Cameroon- Morocco- Nigeria
Pool D: Algeria- Botswana- Rwanda- Chad