Ghana and Nigeria to Avoid Each Other at AFCON 2023 Group Stage as CAF Release Pots

Ghana and Nigeria to Avoid Each Other at AFCON 2023 Group Stage as CAF Release Pots

Lukman Mumuni
October 12, 2023 at 5:19 PM
  • The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations draw will be held in Abidjan next month
  • Ghana and Nigeria have been placed in Pot 2
  • Senegal join hosts Ivory Coast and Morocco in Pot 1 ahead of next month's draw

The Black Stars of Ghana will avoid West African rivals Nigeria in the group stage of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

Both teams have been grouped in Pot 2 of the draw, which will be held on October 12, 2023, in Abidjan.

The twenty-four teams that have qualified for the tournament in Ivory Coast have been placed in four pots of six nations each.

Ghana, Nigeria, AFCON, Ivory Coast
Ghana and Nigeria have been placed in the same pot for the 2023 AFCON draw. Credit: @442GH
Source: Twitter

The pairings were done based on the latest FIFA Coca-Cola rankings released on Thursday, as sighted on CAF's social media pages.

The main draw will see six groups of four teams battle for the ultimate prize at the Nations Cup next year.

African champions Senegal are joined by World Cup semi-finalists Morocco, hosts Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Egypt, and Algeria in Pot 1.

Five-time champions Cameroon join Ghana, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Mali, and the Democratic Republic of Congo in Pot 2; while Guinea, South Africa, Cape Verde, Zambia, Equatorial Guinea, and Mauritania make up Pot 3.

Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Namibia, Angola, Tanzania, and Gambia make up the final Pot.

The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations will be held in January and February of 2024, as reported by the BBC.

Nigeria unmoved in latest FIFA rankings

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that the senior national team of Nigeria has failed to move up or down in the latest FIFA rankings ahead of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations draw.

The Super Eagles' latest 6-0 win over Sao Tome and Principe could not help them move up on the international football body's official list.

Nigeria is among the 24 teams that qualified for the 2023 AFCON, which will be held next year in Ivory Coast.

Ghana qualify for AFCON 2023

Ernest Nuamah climbed off the bench to score the winner as the Black Stars came from a goal down to beat the Central African Republic and qualify for AFCON 2023.

Mohammed Kudus cancelled out an early strike from Louis Mafouta as Ghana went into the break level.

The visitors got off to a great start, winning the first corner of the game in the 6th minute, but failed to take advantage of the set-piece.

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