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AFCON 2023: Ivory Coast To Host, Draw Schedule For Tuesday 19th 2022

AFCON 2023: Ivory Coast To Host, Draw Schedule For Tuesday 1

The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations will be hosted by Ivory Coast and the draw for the tournament will be held at the SuperSport studios in Johannesburg on Tuesday 19th 2022.

It has been decided by the Confederation of African Football that the placement of the 48 countries into four pots of 12 will be determined by the latest FIFA rankings and not by a ranking of past Cup of Nations performance.

Bafana Bafana are 13th in Africa, according to FIFA, and so miss out on heading up one of the 12 qualifying groups for the competition that will determine the finalists for Ivory Coast 2023.

The draw on Tuesday will feature former Bafana captain Lucas Radebe as one of the draw assistants, will see teams from Pot Four drawn first. The first country drawn-out goes into Group A, the second in Group B, the third into Group C and so on.

South Africa will be placed in pot two of the draw for next Tuesday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifying competition draw, having just missed out on a seeding for the group phase of the qualifiers which start in June.

The same procedure will then be repeated with Pots Three, Tow and One before the draw is complete.

The top two teams in each group qualify for the final, except the group where hosts Ivory Coast will be competing. They have an automatic place in the tournament line-up but compete in the qualifiers nevertheless and in their group only one other team will qualify for the finals, to be held in June next year.

This is the same process as for the last finals, which was the second-ever Cup of Nations with 24 teams.

Both Kenya and Zimbabwe were included despite FIFA bans. CAF said that if their suspensions were not lifted a fortnight before the start of the qualifiers, they would not be able to compete and win their groups there would be only three teams involved, with the top two qualifying

It also said that Kenya and Zimbabwe would not be drawn into the same group to avoid a situation where there ended up being a group with just two participants.

Both countries have been suspended by world football’s governing body because of government interference in the running of their football associations but it looks unlikely they will sort out their impasse before next month’s deadline.

The draw pots:

Pot One: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, DR Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast (hosts), Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia

Pot Two: Benin, Cape Verde Islands, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia

Pot Three: Angola, Comoros Islands. Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Libya, Malawi, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Togo, Zimbabwe

Pot Four: Botswana, Burundi, Central African Republic, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Liberia, Rwanda, Sao Tome e Principe, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania

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