AFCON 2023: Host Côte d’Ivoire To Battle Nigeria, Senegal Pitted Against Cameroon After Nations Cup Draw

The 2023 African Cup Of Nations (AFCON) Host, Cote d’ivoire will play regional rivals Nigeria at the group stage of the tournament as the Official Draw set up some tantalising matches.

Tittle holders, Senegal were pitted against Cameroon while record winners Egypt renew hostilities with Ghana after the draw was made on thursday evening in an event in Abidjan.

It was a captivating ceremony with current and former football superstars, Didier Drogba, Mikel Obi, Sadio Mane and Achraf Hakimi, supporting as Draw Assistants for the Final Draw.

Equatorial Guinea and Guinea-Bissau are the other two team to play against hosts Cote d’ivoire along side its regional rivals, Nigeria.

Senegal, drawn in Group C alongside Cameroon,w will play Guinea and AFCON debutants Gambia in what looks a competitive pool.

Egypt, hunting a record-extending eighth continental crown, will face Ghana in Group B in a repeat of the 2010 final which the Pharaohs won late on. Cape Verde and Mozambique complete the group.

Group D occupies 2019 winners, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Angola

Tunisia, Mali, South Africa and Namibia add further star quality to Group E in another exciting pool.

Elsewhere, AFCON semi-finalists Morocco are placed in Group F, containing DR Congo, Zambia and Tanzania.

Matches will take place at six venues across the country, including newly constructed stadiums in Abidjan, Korhogo and San Pedro.

The 16-team group stage the continent’s showpiece event will begin from January 13 to February 11 2023.

GROUPS

Group A: Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Bissau

Group B: Egypt, Ghana, Cape Verde Islands, Mozambique

Group C: Senegal, Cameroon, Guinea, Gambia

Group D: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Angola

Group E: Tunisia, Mali, South Africa, Namibia

Group F: Morocco, DR Congo, Zambia, Tanzania

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