AFCON 2023 Draw: Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon get tricky opponents
The body governing football in Africa, CAF has confirmed the draw for the 2023 African Cup of Nations, which will be hosted in Cote'd'Ivoire.
The World Cup semi-finalists, Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, and the host nation, Cote d'Ivoire, were placed in Pot 1 in the draw, which was held in Abidjan on Thursday, October 12, 2023.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria, Cameroon, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, and the Congo were placed in the second pot while South Africa, Cape Verde, Guinea, Zambia, Mauritania, and Equatorial Guinea were placed in the third pot. The final pot includes Gabon, Mozambique, Namibia, Angola, Gambia, and Tanzania.
The 24 participating teams were zoned into six groups of four teams each as the competition gets underway on January 2024. The two teams with the highest number of points in each group, alongside the four best losers from the remaining 12 teams will qualify for the round of 16.
How are the countries grouped?
Group A: Cote D' Ivoire, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Bissau
Group B: Egypt, Ghana, Cape Verde, Mozambique
Group C: Senegal, Cameroon, Guinea, The Gambia
Group D: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Angola
Group E: Tunisia, Mali, South Africa, Namibia
Group F: Morocco, DR Congo, Zambia, Tanzania
When will the tournament kick off?
The opening fixture of the competition kicks start on January 13, 2024, while the final game will be played on February 11, 2024.