Bafana Learn AFCON 2023 Group Stage Opponents

Lorenz Kohler
April 19, 2022

Bafana Bafana have been drawn alongside Liberia, Zimbabwe and Morocco for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations group stage qualifiers.

After failing to qualify for Cameroon 2021, having lost to Sudan in the final qualifier, it ended the short-lived stint of Molefi Ntseki and Hugo Broos succeeded him in the hot seat.

The South African Football Association (SAFA) stated that a rebuild was the priority and the 2022 FIFA World Cup was not part of his mandate, but Broos personally said the nation can ‘kill him’ if he didn’t qualify for the next continental showpiece set to be hosted in Ivory Coast.

But with Bafana ranked outside the top 13 he will have an uphill task as they were seeded in Pot 2, which saw them drawn with a top-seeded side of the Atlas Lions

Meanwhile hosts Ivory Coast will still participate but will compete in the biennial event irrespective of their position in Group H.

Champions Senegal have been drawn alongside Benin, Mozambique and Rwanda as they look towards the journey of retaining the crown they secured for the first time in their history in the 2021 showpiece.

AFCON 2023 Qualifying Groups In Full:

Group A:

  • Nigeria
  • Sierra Leone
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • São Tomé and Príncipe / 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
  • 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

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