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
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:
- Sierra Leone
- São Tomé and Príncipe / Mauritius
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Central African Republic
- Congo Brazzaville
- The Gambia
- South Sudan
- Ivory Coast (hosts)
- DR Congo
- Equatorial Guinea
- South Africa