Afcon 2023: Defending champions Senegal is joined by five African teams
After rounds three and four of qualifying, six teams have secured their spots at next year’s Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), including defending champions Senegal, as well as Algeria, Burkina Faso, Morocco, South Africa, and Tunisia. Hosts Ivory Coast and the Teranga Lions had already qualified, but several other countries have been eliminated ahead of the remaining fixtures in June and September. These countries, including Botswana, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, and Sao Tome and Principe, will now play solely for pride.
Additionally, two groups were reduced to three countries due to FIFA bans on Kenya and Zimbabwe. The Confederation of African Football has announced that the tournament will start with the opening match at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan on 13 January 2024 and end with the final on 11 February.
BBC Sport Africa provides an update on the current standings.