Here is a compilation of the teams that have qualified for the 2023 AFCON finals so far. There is still one more round of games to be played; however, some teams have already secured their place in the tournament.
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Teams that have qualified for the 2023 AFCON so far
The qualifiers for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) are reaching their final stages, with some teams already securing their spots while others will determine their qualification on the last match day.
Due to their individual Fifa bans, Kenya and Zimbabwe were unable to participate in the qualifiers alongside other nations. As a consequence, Group C and K only consisted of three teams.
On Sunday, June 18, Nigeria emerged victorious over Sierra Leone with a score of 3-2, securing their spot in the 2023 Afcon finals and taking the lead in Group A with 12 points. Guinea Bissau has also qualified from the same group, while Sierra Leone and Sao Tome and Principe have been eliminated. In the upcoming matchday six, Guinea Bissau will host Sierra Leone, while the Super Eagles will face the underdogs, Sao Tome, in September of this year.
Burkina Faso has already secured their spot in Ivory Coast by earning 10 points from the five matches they have played. Cape Verde also secured their place by defeating Burkina Faso 3-1 on Matchday five. In the last group games, Burkina Faso will face Eswatini while Togo will host Cape Verde.
Namibia was unable to secure their spot in Group C after losing 3-2 to Burundi on Tuesday, June 20 at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam. Despite the loss, Namibia still holds the top position in the group with five points, one more than Cameroon and Burundi who are in second and third place respectively. The group originally consisted of four teams, but Kenya has been eliminated. In September, Cameroon will host Burundi for their final qualifying match.
Egypt secured their spot in the 2023 Afcon finals by defeating Guinea 2-1 in their fifth match. With 12 points, Egypt is three points ahead of Guinea, who are in second place. Ethiopia and Malawi played to a goalless draw, earning their fourth point in the campaign but eliminating them from the final’s race. As a result, Guinea will join Egypt in Ivory Coast for the prestigious competition next year.
Ghana was unable to secure their spot in the Afcon after a goalless draw against Madagascar, who are currently in last place. The Black Stars currently have nine points and need to earn at least one point in their upcoming match against the Central Africa Republic in order to qualify. Angola, on the other hand, boosted their chances of qualifying with a crucial 2-1 victory over the Central African Republic, putting them in second place in the group with eight points. The Central African Republic is in third place with seven points. Unfortunately, Madagascar, with only two points, is no longer in contention.
Algeria is leading the group with a perfect score of 15 points, securing the top position regardless of the outcome of their match against Tanzania. Tanzania is currently eight points behind after their 1-0 victory over Niger, while Uganda only has four points after losing 2-1 to Algeria. In order to qualify, Uganda needs to win their final game against Niger convincingly and hope that Tanzania loses to Algeria.
Gambia secured a 3-2 victory over South Sudan on Wednesday, June 14, at Suez Canal Stadium in Egypt, effectively ending South Sudan’s chances of qualifying. South Sudan currently has three points from five games, while Gambia now has nine points. In their most recent match, Mali defeated Congo to secure their Afcon ticket. Now, Congo must defeat Gambia in their final group game by any margin in order to finish ahead of them.
Zambia delivered an impressive performance on 17th June, defeating Ivory Coast 3-0 and securing their spot in the finals of the 2023 Afcon. With this victory, Zambia now leads the group with 12 points and has qualified for the finals with one game remaining. Ivory Coast, on the other hand, has accumulated 10 points so far, while Comoros and Lesotho have six and one point respectively. Neither Comoros nor Lesotho have a chance of surpassing the top two teams.
This particular group has been highly competitive. Mauritania is leading with 8 points after playing five games. DR Congo and Gabon are in second and third place respectively, both with 7 points after five games. Sudan is at the bottom of the group with 6 points after five games. Because of the intense competition, we will have to wait until matchday 6 to find out which teams qualify for the finals.
Equatorial Guinea secured a 1-0 victory over Tunisia on matchday 5, earning the maximum points. This win puts them at the top of the pool with 12 points, while Tunisia has two fewer points. Both teams have qualified for the finals, leaving Botswana and Libya in the last two positions.
South Africa took the lead in Group K by beating Morocco 2-1 at the FNB Stadium on Saturday, June 17. Bafana Bafana, who have finished their group matches, now have seven points, one more than the Atlas Lions. However, Morocco still has one game remaining against Liberia and will be looking to finish first in the qualifiers. Both South Africa and Morocco have already secured their spots in the tournament.
Senegal, the current champions of the Africa Cup of Nations, failed to secure a win in the qualifiers for the first time as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Benin on Matchday five. Despite this, Senegal has already qualified for the tournament. Meanwhile, Mozambique, who are in second place with seven points, have also secured their qualification for the finals. On the other hand, Rwanda and Benin are with only three points each, and are no longer in the running for qualification.
Teams that have qualified for the 2023 AFCON
- Guinea Bissau
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Ivory Coast
- Equatorial Guinea
- South Africa