The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Cote D’Ivoire will feature all 24 countries that have successfully secured qualification for the tournament.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that on Tuesday, Cameroon, a five-time AFCON champion, secured qualification by defeating Burundi 3-0, completing the star-studded list of qualified teams.
A breakdown of the qualified countries reveals that 12 former AFCON champions, including the three-time champions Nigeria, will be participating in the tournament come January 2024.
Hosts, Cote d’Ivoire will be leading a strong West African contingent of 11 countries, including holders Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana, Guinea, Burkina Faso among others.
Tanzania representing East Africa returns for a second finals after a brave showing in the qualifiers.
The North Africans are represented by seven-time champions Egypt, World Cup semi-finalists Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria.
Egypt will be looking for an eighth unprecedented title, having reached two of the last three finals in 2017 and at the 2021 edition.
NAN reports there will be no debutants in this edition, as the continent’s football power houses managed to maintain and seal qualification.
The 2023 AFCON will take place from January 13 to February 11, 2024, after it was postponed from it’s original June, 2023 date.
Full list of 24 qualified countries are Algeria, Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire (Hosts) and DR Congo.
Others are Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco and Mozambique,
Others are Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal (Title Holders), South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia and Zambia.