The draw for the 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) has been confirmed by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and it promises to be a thrilling competition hosted in Cote D’Ivoire.
World Cup semi-finalist, Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, and host nation, Cote D’Ivoire were placed in Pot 1 during the draw held in Abidjan on Thursday, October 12, 2023.
The second pot includes strong teams like the Super Eagles of Nigeria, Cameroon, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Congo. In the third pot, you’ll find South Africa, Cape Verde, Guinea, Zambia, Mauritania, and Equatorial Guinea. The final pot comprises Gabon, Mozambique, Namibia, Angola, Gambia, and Tanzania.
With 24 participating teams, the competition will feature six groups of four teams each. The top two teams in each group, along with the four best-performing third-placed teams among the remaining 12, will advance to 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.