IN preparation for the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nation for the year 2023, a draw was held yesterday to put the 48 teams in a group of 4 to determine who will qualify for the event in Ivory coast.
With 48 teams splitted into 12 groups, the top 2 at the end of the two legged fixture in each group will secure a ticket for the 2023 AFCON tournament in Ivory coast.
Group A: Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau, Sao Tome e Principe or Mauritius.
Group B: Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Togo, Eswatini.
Group C: Cameroon, Kenya, Namibia, Burundi.
Group D: Egypt, Guinea, Malawi, Ethiopia.
Group E: Ghana, Madagascar, Angola, Central African Republic.
Group F: Algeria, Uganda, Niger, Tanzania.
Group G: Mali, Congo, The Gambia, South Sudan.
Group H: Ivory Coast (hosts), Zambia, Comoros, Lesotho.
Group I: DR Congo, Gabon, Mauritania, Sudan.
Group J: Tunisia, Equatorial Guinea, Libya, Botswana.
Group K: Morocco, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Liberia.
Group L: Senegal, Benin, Mozambique, Rwanda.
However, Ivory coast, who will be the host country, will automatically qualify for the tournament whuch means only one country from group H will qualify along side Ivory coast.
Qualifying is set to begin with two matches between 30 May and 14 June and another two more fixtures will follow in September, with the final two rounds in March next year.The dates and schedule of fixtures will be announced in due course