BREAKING: AFCON 2023 draw: Nigeria to play Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau (Full fixtures)


The draw for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying groups, made in Johannesburg on Tuesday:


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 Brazzaville, Gambia, South Sudan


Group H: Ivory Coast (hosts), Zambia, Comoros, Lesotho


Group I: Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Mauritania, Sudan


Group J: Tunisia, Equatorial Guinea, Libya, Botswana


Group K: Morocco, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Liberia


Group L: Senegal (holders), Benin, Mozambique, Rwanda




May 30-June 14: Matchdays 1, 2


Sept 19-27: Matchdays 3, 4


March 20-28, 2023: Matchdays 5, 6


— Winners and runners-up in each group except H qualify for 24-team finals in the Ivory Coast during June and July 2023


— Ivory Coast automatically qualify from Group H as tournament hosts, along with the highest placed of the other three teams


— Kenya and Zimbabwe are suspended by FIFA due to government interference in the running of the sport and they will be allowed to compete only if the bans are lifted by mid May


— Mauritius have protested a 4-3 aggregate loss to Sao Tome e Principe in the preliminary round and the outcome of a disciplinary hearing will decide which nation competes in Group A


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