The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) is shaping up to be an exciting tournament as 14 teams have already secured their spots following the June international window. With 10 more slots up for grabs in the upcoming September window, the competition is heating up.
Zambia, led by former Black Stars head coach Avram Grant, will make a long-awaited return to the continental stage after missing out on the previous edition in 2015. Their qualification marks a significant milestone for the team and their fans.
In Group A, Nigeria secured their ticket to the tournament with a thrilling 3-2 away win over Sierra Leone. Napoli’s Victor Osimhen was the star of the match, scoring a brace. Burkina Faso and Cape Verde also earned their places in the tournament, both accumulating 10 points in Group B. Cape Verde’s qualification came after a convincing 3-1 home win over Burkina Faso.
Group C is still undecided, with Namibia and Cameroon battling it out for the remaining two slots. Egypt secured their place by defeating Guinea 2-1 away from home, while Guinea’s qualification is yet to be confirmed.
The slots in Group E are still up for grabs, with Ghana, Angola, and the Central African Republic all in contention. Ghana missed an early qualification opportunity with a disappointing draw against Madagascar, while Angola’s victory over CAR kept their hopes alive.
Among the teams that have already confirmed their places are Algeria and Senegal, two strong contenders in African football.
Here is the full list of teams that have qualified for the 2023 AFCON: Ivory Coast (hosts), Burkina Faso, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, South Africa, Senegal, Egypt, Zambia, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, and Mali.
The remaining slots will be determined in the September window, and fans can expect intense battles as teams fight for their place in the prestigious tournament. The 2023 AFCON promises to be an exhilarating event showcasing the best of African football.