Cameroon, Namibia Complete 2023 AFCON Lineup

Vincent Aboubakar of Cameroon

Cameroon and Namibia sealed the list of 24 teams that will compete at the Africa Cup of Nations due next year in Ivory Coast.

Cameroon beat Burundi 3-0 in the last Group C game to qualify for the Continental showpiece for a 19th straight time.

Second-half goals from Bryan Mbuemo, Christopher Wooh and Vincent Aboubakar in Garoua ensured that the Indomitable Lions top Group C to qualify.

Namibia who had completed their games in the three-team Group C, was anxiously watching the Cameroon Vs Burundi game.

And Burundi’s loss meant Namibia join Cameroon at the finals after finishing second in the group.

Cameroon players celebrate one of the three goals against Burundi. ©Achille/BackpagePix

The AFCON, that was initially set to be played this year before postponement, will kick off in Ivory Coast on 13 January 2023.

Uganda Cranes who finished third in their group, will be one of the team to miss out when the final draw will be held on 12 October 2023 in Abidjan.

Togo, Gabon, Benin, Sudan and Libya are some of the other nations that will just watch the tournament on TV.

There is one group game – Morocco Vs Liberia – that is yet to be played in these qualifiers following it’s postponement due to earthquakes in Morocco but it’s result is insignificant.

Defending champions Senegal will once again be the favourites but will face stiff competition from a huge North African lineup led by World Cup semifinalists Morocco and Egypt who are searching for an eighth title.

Countries that have qualified for 2023 AFCON:

Group A – Nigeria, Guinea Bissau

Group B – Burkina Faso, Cape Verde

Group C –Cameroon, Namibia

Group D – Egypt (Record Winners), Guinea

Group E – Ghana, Angola

Group F – Algeria, Tanzania

Group G – Mali, Gambia

Group H – Zambia, Ivory Coast (Hosts)

Group I – DR Congo, Mauritania

Group J – Tunisia, Equatorial Guinea

Group K – South Africa, Morocco

Group L – Senegal (Defending champions), Mozambique



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