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Stage set for 34th AFCON final draw



On Thursday, Abidjan will host the Final Draw of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations Côte d’Ivoire 2023, attended by Africa’s biggest stars, showbiz celebrities, football leaders, global media, CAF Family and commercial partners.

The Final Draw will be conducted  at 19h00 local time (19h00 GMT, 22h00 Cairo/East Africa time, 21h00 CAT).

The draw ceremony will be broadcast live on CAF’s YouTube channel and on CAF’s global TV partners.

The event, to be beamed in over 50 countries, will be hosted at Parc des Expositions in Abidjan, one of the most iconic and impressive buildings in Cote d’Ivoire’s economic hub.

The Final Draw is a major milestone to the kick-off of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire 2023 and will see the 24 Participating Member Associations discover their fate for the Group Stages of the competition.


The Final tournament will kick off on 13 January 2024 with the Final game scheduled for 11 February 2024.

On Tuesday, CAF will start revealing some key individuals involved during the Final Draw, including Draw Hosts, Draw Assistants, and notable musical and cultural performers.

CAF and the host Nation, Côte d’Ivoire, have been working together to produce a world-class event for the Final Draw.

The Qualified teams for the CAF Africa Cup of Nations are:

Côte d’Ivoire (hosts), Algeria, Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Congo DR, Egypt,Equatorial Guinea, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia and Zambia


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.