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Seven Teams Have Qualified For AFCON So Far

With another exciting round of Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers almost done, seven teams, including South Africa, have already booked their tickets for the finals in Ivory Coast.

On Tuesday, Bafana Bafana secured their qualification for the AFCON with a win 2-1 win in Liberia. The victory saw South Africa move to four points in Group K – three ahead of Liberia, who they also beat in the head-to-head record with just one game to spare for each of them.

burkinSouth Africa players celebrate victory and qualification with head coach Hugo Broos after the 2023 African Cup of Nations Qualifier game between Liberia and South Africa at Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Monrovia, Liberia on 28 March 2023 © BackpagePix

On Friday, Group K leaders Morocco had already secured their qualification without even being in action. While Walid Regragui’s side celebrated their first ever win over Brazil in a friendly match, the initial 2-2 between South Africa and Liberia had ensured Morocco’s ticket to Ivory Coast with six points from two games.

On Monday, 2019 AFCON champions Algeria qualified with a 1-0 win in Niger, which put them on 12 points in Group F, with their closest rivals – Tanzania and Uganda – stuck on four points.

The defending AFCON winners, Senegal also secured their ticket on Tuesday after beating Mozambique 1-0, four days after thrashing them 5-1 at home. The victory saw the Lions of Teranga climb to 12 points from four games, while Mozambique follow with just four points in Group L.

Also on Tuesday, Burkina Faso booked their AFCON ticket after a 1-1 draw in Togo. The Stallions climbed to 10 points in Group B and cannot be caught by Eswatini and Togo, who both sit on two points, with second-placed Cape Verde on seven points and likely joining Burkina Faso at the finals.

Finally, Tunisia secured their AFCON spot thanks to a 1-0 win in Libya, which saw the Eagles of Carthage go six points clear of third-placed Libya. They sit on 10 points in Group J and will likely be joined by Equatorial Guinea, who have nine points so far.

Meanwhile, Ivory Coast have qualified as hosts of the upcoming tournament, which is set to kick off in January 2024.

There was some confusion around Group C, with Namibia all but mathematically qualified for the tournament after beating Cameroon 2-1 at Dobsonville Stadium on Tuesday. The win saw the Brave Warriors climb to five points on the log, one point above Cameroon and four ahead of Burundi. It opened the AFCON door massively for Peter Shalulile and Co. but they need one more point from their final game against Burundi to erase final doubts.

In theory, all three teams in Group C could still end up on five points and Namibia being overtaken on goal difference, but that would mean a massive defeat to Burundi, while the latter also would need to draw with Cameroon. Any other results would see the Brave Warriors in Ivory Coast.

David Kappel
David Kappel
David Kappel has served as a renowned international editor and content manager for almost a decade. David specialises in ensuring content and social media posts are highly engaging for football fans and was previously the international editor at Soccer Laduma. He is currently the iDiski Times website editor and social strategist.
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