The bid to secure a place in Africa’s biggest football spectacle, the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations officially resumes next month with some eye-catching encounters as African nations prepare to put their best foot forward to seal a place in the continental showpiece set for Cote D’Ivoire next year, January /February 2024.
A total of 44 nations will be in action over the week of 22 – 24 March, with some nations looking at extending their leads, while others look to regain ground in the qualification race.
Three-time African champions, Nigeria welcome Guinea Bissau to the Abiola Stadium in Abuja where they will be aiming at stretching their lead at the top of Group A, following their victories over Sao Tome E Principe and Sierra Leone.
The Stallions of Burkina Faso, who currently occupy the top spot in Group B, play host to a bruised Togo side, who are looking for their first victory of the qualifiers following their loss to Cape Verde that was followed by a share of the spoils with Eswatini.
Concluding the group B action will be Cape Verde, who continue to be on a steady rise in African football. They welcome a resilient Eswatini side who are equally and gradually outgrowing being pushovers on the continent.
Five-time African champions, Cameroon face Burundi in their first Group C assignment, following their walkover result over Kenya as they sit top of the group. The East Africans on the other hand secured a valuable away point to Namibia. They will be looking at the building from that result and unseating the Indomitable Lions from the summit of the group.
Egypt, who find themselves in a precarious position at the bottom of Group D as a result of goal difference, welcome Malawi to the Cairo International Stadium, while Guinea play host to a high in confident Ethiopia in a match set to be played at the Mohammed V Complex Stadium in Casablanca, Morocco.
A top-of-the-table clash awaits Group E as Ghana welcomes Angola who is equal on points with the Black Stars and will be looking at causing an upset in Kumasi’s Baba Yara Sports Stadium.
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The newly built, Nelson Mandela Stadium in Algeria’s capital of Algiers sees Group F table toppers, Algeria welcoming second-placed, Niger in what promises to be an action-packed encounter, while the Ugandan Cranes are looking at climbing out of the danger zone as they play host to Tanzania in a match set to be played at Egypt’s Suez Canal Stadium in Ismailia.
In Group J, a north African battle looms as group leaders, Tunisia travel to Libya for what promises to be a tough encounter between the two sides at the Martyrs of Benina Stadium.
An exciting battle in Group K sees Liberia taking on South Africa in a must-win match for both sides who lost against table toppers, Morocco. Both sides understand that a victory sets them up for a strong chance of a second-placed group finish, which subsequently secures them a ticket to Cote D’ Ivoire.
To conclude the round of qualifiers, reigning African champions, Senegal is looking at maintaining their 100%-win record in Group L when they take on Mozambique at the Me Abdoulaye Wade de Diamniadio Stadium in Dakar.
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