The draw for the finals will take place in September 2023, with the date and venue to be confirmed in due course. CAF’s statement read,
“The TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire 2023 dates have been officially confirmed by CAF, with the opening match scheduled to take place on Saturday, 13 January 2024, at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Ebimpe, Abidjan. The four-week tournament, pitting Africa’s best 24 nations, will officially conclude on 11 February 2024.”
This is the second time the tournament is returning to Ivory Coast, with the first time being in 1984, when Cameroon emerged as the winners for the first time. Meanwhile, seven countries have already qualified for the 2023 Afcon finals, with Ivory Coast booking their place at the tournament as the host nation. Defending champions, Senegal have also qualified for the competition, along with Morocco, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Tunisia, and South Africa, who qualified through the COSAFA region.
The Afcon is the biggest football tournament in Africa, and it brings together the best players from across the continent. The tournament has a rich history, with some of the greatest players in the world having played in the competition. It is an event that unites the continent and showcases the immense talent and passion for football in Africa.
As the 2023 Afcon approaches, fans and players alike are eagerly awaiting the tournament. The competition promises to be an exciting one, with 24 teams competing for the title of Africa’s best. With the date and venue confirmed, preparations for the tournament will now commence in earnest, with teams already strategizing and preparing for the tournament. The Afcon is an opportunity for African football to shine, and with the quality of players and teams involved, it is sure to be a tournament to remember.