CAF Africa Cup of Nations: The roar of the crowd, the clash of boots on turf, the electrifying anticipation.
The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) has kicked off in Ivory Coast, igniting a continent with the promise of football brilliance.
After dazzling the world at the Qatar World Cup, Africa’s biggest stars are back on home soil, ready to battle for the coveted crown.
Which country hosted AFCON 2023?
Ivory Coast, a nation steeped in AFCON history, welcomes 24 teams for the second time, showcasing six stadiums across five vibrant cities.
The capital, Abidjan, pulsates with the energy of two iconic venues: the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium and the Alassane Ouattara Stadium, where the champion will be crowned.
2023 AFCON Group Stage Fixtures
Six groups simmer with anticipation, each a microcosm of footballing prowess. Nigeria collides with Equatorial Guinea in Group A, while Egypt and Ghana lock horns in Group B.
Senegal, the defending champions, faces off against Cameroon in Group C, while Morocco, the tournament’s red-hot favorites, navigates Group F.
Every game promises drama, and every goal is a potential turning point.
- Group A – Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, and Guinea-Bissau
- Group B – Egypt, Ghana, Cape Verde, and Mozambique
- Group C – Senegal, Cameroon, Guinea, and The Gambia
- Group D – Algeria, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, and Angola
- Group E – Tunisia, Mali, South Africa, and Namibia
- Group F – Morocco, DR Congo, Zambia, and Tanzania
Ivory Coast faced Guinea-Bissau in the opening match at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium, Abidjan, on January 13 in Group A.
AFCON transcends the beautiful game. It’s a celebration of African unity, a tapestry woven with diverse cultures and vibrant traditions.
From the pulsating rhythms of West Africa to the intricate dances of the East, every corner of Ivory Coast overflows with the infectious spirit of the continent.
How does the knockout stage work?
There will be three rest days from January 24 before the last-16 fixtures commence.
This is how the last 16 stage looks:
- Group D winners vs third place Group B/E/F
- Group A runners-up vs Group C runners-up
- Group A winners vs third place Group C/D/E
- Group B second place vs Group F runners-up
- Group B winners vs third place Group A/C/D
- Group C winners vs third Place Group A/B/F
- Group E winners vs Group D runners-up
- Group F winners vs Group E runners-up
Who are the favorites to win the AFCON?
Morocco, riding the wave of their World Cup success, stands tall as the favorites.
But Senegal, Egypt, and Nigeria, each with their strengths and ambitions, are poised to challenge.
Don’t discount the dark horses either: Algeria, with its tactical acumen, and Burkina Faso, fueled by a burning desire to upset the giants.
CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2023 Prize Money
A 40% increase in prize money adds an extra layer of incentive. The champions will walk away with a cool 5.5 million pounds, a testament to the growing stature of African football.
From the electrifying opening ceremony to the nail-biting finale, AFCON 2023 promises a month of unforgettable football. Tune in to global listings and witness the continent crown its champion.