Afcon 2023 Qualification Draw: Nigeria face Guinea Bissau, Cameroon tackle Kenya, South Africa play Morocco

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African teams have learned their opponents en route to qualifying for the biennial football showpiece billed for Cote d’Ivoire

Nigeria will face Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau and Sao Tome and Principe in Group A of the qualifiers for a ticket to the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

The draw held on Tuesday in South Africa was steered by the Confederation of African Football director of competitions Samson Adamu while South African football great Lucas Radebe and former Cote d’Ivoire international Salomon Kalou participated.

There will be 32 nations looking to qualify for the African football showpiece billed for Cote d’Ivoire, with plenty of ambitious teams that believe they can emulate the efforts from 2021 reigning champions Senegal.

The Lions of Teranga, who are hoping to defend their crown, will have their hands full when they take on Benin Republic, Mozambique and Rwanda in Group L.

Ghana must negotiate their way past Madagascar, Angola and the Central African Republic in Group E if they hope to make it to the tournament for the 24th time. 

Having missed the last edition, 1996 African kings South Africa would be aiming to return to Afcon. Nevertheless, they must scale a huge hurdle in Morocco, Zimbabwe and Libya in Group K.

Elsewhere,  Kenya have been zoned alongside Cameroon, Namibia, and Burundi in Group C.

Hosts Cote d’Ivoire will tackle Zambia, Comoros and Lesotho even though they have already secured their place in the tournament which means only one other team from their group will qualify for the competition.

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Notwithstanding if the suspension placed on Kenya and Zimbabwe is not lifted two weeks before their first matchday of the qualifiers, both associations will be considered losers and eliminated from the competition.

The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers start in June 2022.

What are the groups for Afcon 2023 Qualifiers?

Group A

Group B

Nigeria

Burkina Faso

Sierra Leone

Cape Verde

Guinea Bissau

Togo

Sao Tome & Principe

Eswatini

Group C

Group D

Cameroon

Egypt

Kenya

Guinea

Namibia

Malawi

Burundi

Ethiopia

 

Group E

Group F

Ghana

Algeria

Madagascar

Uganda

Angola

Niger Republic

Central African Republic

Tanzania

 

Group G

Group H

Mali

Cote d'Ivoire

Congo

Zambia

Gambia

Comoros

South Sudan

Lesotho

 

Group I

Group J

DR Congo

Tunisia

Gabon

Equatorial Guinea

Mauritania

Libya

Sudan

Botswana

 

Group K

Group L

Morocco

Senegal

South Africa

Benin Republic

Zimbabwe

Mozambique

Libya

Rwanda

 

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