Preliminary 2023 Afcon Qualifiers draw on today

The draw for the preliminary round of the qualifiers for the 2023 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations will be conducted today at 5 pm CAT in Doula, Cameroon.

Twelve least-ranked teams, as per latest FIFA Rankings, will be divided into two levels. The top six sides will play against the bottom six in a two-legged encounter.

The preliminary round matches will take place during the FIFA international window between March 21-29.

The aggregate winners will then join the remaining 42 countries in the group stage of the qualifiers.

Zimbabwe is among the top-ranked countries and will start their qualifying campaign in the group stage where winners and runners up will proceed to the finals in Cote d’Ivoire.

Draw Seeding:

Level 1: Lesotho, Eswatini, Botswana, Gambia, South Sudan, Mauritius.

Level 2: Chad, Sao Tome & Principe, Djibouti, Somalia, Seychelles, Eritrea.


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