AFCON 2023 – Who Will Be The Superstars Of This Colourful Soccer Tournament?

AFCON 2023

The African Cup of Nations 2023 (AFCON 2023) gets underway on Saturday 13th January 2024. 24 teams from the continent will compete to follow Senegal into the history books as the latest winner of this football feast!

A total of 23 teams have qualified for the tournament alongside the host nation, the Ivory Coast, to compete for the title, initially in six groups of four.

After the first round group stage, 16 teams qualify for the knockout phase, with extra time and penalties used to decide the winner in the event of a tie.

The final takes place in Abidjan on the 11th February 2024, kicking off at 8pm, with a third place playoff taking place 24-hours earlier, also in the capital.

Sky Sports will be covering the entire tournament live on its channels and of course, punters keen to have a bet on the tournament will find plenty of pre-match and In Play betting opportunities available at bet365 Sport.

You can also follow the action live on the CAF Official YouTube Channel.

The tournament is being held now after it was delayed from the summer of 2023 due to the threat of tropical storms in the country.

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Let’s now take a look at the 24 teams competing in AFCON 2023 and which group they will compete in.

AFCON 2023 – Group Stage & Fixtures

Group A

  • Ivory Coast
  • Nigeria
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau

AFCON 2023 Group A Fixtures & Times

  • Ivory Coast v Guinea Bissau (8pm on 13th January)
  • Nigeria v Equatorial Guinea (2pm on 14th January)
  • Equatorial Guinea v Guinea Bissau (2pm on 18th January)
  • Ivory Coast v Nigeria (5pm on 18th January)
  • Equatorial Guinea v Ivory Coast (5pm on 22nd January)
  • Guinea Bissau v Nigeria (5pm on 22nd January)

Group A Team Information Table

TeamAFCON WinsAFCON Runner UpManagerCaptainStar PlayerOther Key Players
Ivory Coast22Jean-Louis GassetSerge AurierSebastian HallerNicolas Pepe, Frank Kessie, Willy Boly, Evan Ndicka, Jeremie Boga
Nigeria34Jose PeseiroMoses SimonVictor OsimhenAlex Iwobi, Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Samuel Chukwueze
Eq. Guinea00Juan MichaEmilio NsueEmilio NsueCarlos Akapo, Basilio Ndong, Federico Bikoro, Jose Machin
Guinea-Bis.00Baciro CandeJonas MendesZino GanoSori Mane, Nanu, Moreto Cassama, Alfa Semedo, Mauro Rodrigues

AFCON 2023 – Group A Winner Betting from Bet365 Sport

AFCON 2023 Group Betting
AFCON 2023 Group A – Group Winner Odds from bet365 Sport

Our Group A Prediction – (Q) means they qualify for the Knockout Phase

  1. Ivory Coast (Q)
  2. Nigeria (Q)
  3. Equatorial Guinea (Q)
  4. Guinea-Bissau
AFCON 2023
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Group B

  • Egypt
  • Ghana
  • Cape Verde
  • Mozambique

AFCON 2023 Group B Fixtures & Times

  • Egypt v Mozambique (5pm on 14th January)
  • Ghana v Cape Verde (8pm on 14th January)
  • Egypt v Ghana (8pm on 18th January)
  • Cape Verde v Mozambique (2pm on 19th January)
  • Mozambique v Ghana (8pm on 22nd January)
  • Cape Verde v Egypt (8pm on 22nd January)

Group B Team Information Table

TeamAFCON WinsAFCON Runner UpManagerCaptainStar PlayerOther Key Players
Egypt73Rui VitoriaMo SalahMo SalahAhmed Hegazi, Mohamed Elneny, Trezeguet, Omar Marmoush, Zizo
Ghana45Chris HughtonAndre AyewMohammed KudusJordan Ayew, Inaki Willias, Antoine Semenyo, Daniel Amartey, Tariq Lamptey
Cape Verde00BubistaStopiraRyan MendesJamiro Monteiro, Bebe, Logan Costa, Vozinha, Garry Rodrigues
Mozambique00Chiquinho CondeDominguesGeny CatamoClesio, Shaquille, Amadu, Mexer, Edmilson Dove, Ernani

AFCON 2023 – Group B Winner Betting from Bet365 Sport

AFCON 2023 Group Betting
AFCON 2023 Group B – Group Winner Odds from bet365 Sport

Our Group B Prediction – (Q) means they qualify for the Knockout Phase

  1. Egypt (Q)
  2. Ghana (Q)
  3. Cape Verde (Q)
  4. Mozambique

Group C

  • Senegal
  • Cameroon
  • Guinea
  • Gambia

AFCON 2023 Group C Fixtures & Times

  • Senegal v Gambia (2pm on 15th January)
  • Cameroon v Guinea (5pm on 15th January)
  • Senegal v Cameroon (5pm on 19th January)
  • Guinea v Gambia (8pm on 19th January)
  • Guinea v Senegal (5pm on 23rd January)
  • Gambia v Cameroon (5pm on 23rd January)

Group C Team Information Table

TeamAFCON WinsAFCON Runner UpManagerCaptainStar PlayerOther Key Players
Senegal12Aliou CisseKalidou KoulibalySadio ManeEdouard Mendy, Youssouf Sabaly, Idrissa Gueye, Pape Sarr, Krepin Diatta, Ismaila Sarr, Nicolas Jackson
Cameroon52Rigobert SongVincent AboubakarVincent AboubakarAndre Zambo Anguissa, Karl Ekambi, Frank Magri, Andre Onana
Guinea01Kaba DiawaraNaby KeitaNaby KeitaSerhou Guirassy, Morhan Guilavogui, Ilaix Moriba, Amadou Diawara, Issiaga Sylla
Gambia00Tom SaintfietOmar ColleyOmar ColleyNoah Sundberg, Modou Jobe, Assan Ceesay, Musa Barrow

AFCON 2023 – Group C Winner Betting from Bet365 Sport

AFCON 2023 Group Betting
AFCON 2023 Group C – Group Winner Odds from bet365 Sport

Our Group C Prediction – (Q) means they qualify for the Knockout Phase

  1. Senegal (Q)
  2. Guinea (Q)
  3. Cameroon (Q)
  4. Gambia
AFCON 2023 Mascot
AFCON 2023 Official Mascot (Fair Use policy)

Group D

  • Algeria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Mauritania
  • Angola

AFCON 2023 Group D Fixtures & Times

  • Algeria v Angola (8pm on 15th January)
  • Burkina Faso v Mauritania (2pm on 15th January)
  • Algeria v Burkina Faso (2pm on 20th January)
  • Mauritania v Angola (5pm on 20th January)
  • Angola v Burkina Faso (8pm on 23rd January)
  • Mauritania v Algeria (8pm on 23rd January)

Group D Team Information Table

TeamAFCON WinsAFCON Runner UpManagerCaptainStar PlayerOther Key Players
Algeria21Djamel BelmadiRiyad MahrezRiyad MahrezIslam Slimani, Said Benrahma, Houssem Aouar, Sofiane Feghouli, Ramy Bensebaini, Rayan Ait-Nouri
Burkina Fso01Hubert VeludBertrand TraoreEdmond TapsobaIssa Kabore, Herve Koffi, Dango Outarra, Mamady Bangre
Mauritania00Amir AbdouAboubakar KamaraAboubakar KamaraHemeya Tanjy, Mousine Bodda, Abdallahi Mahmoud, Aly Abeid
Angola00Pedro GoncalvesFredyGelson DalaZini, Show, Estrela, To, Eddie Afonso, Zito Luvumbo, Mabululu

AFCON 2023 – Group D Winner Betting from Bet365 Sport

AFCON 2023 Group Betting
AFCON 2023 Group D – Group Winner Odds from bet365 Sport

Our Group D Prediction – (Q) means they qualify for the Knockout Phase

  1. Algeria (Q)
  2. Burkina Faso (Q)
  3. Angola
  4. Mauritania

Group E

  • Tunisia
  • Mali
  • South Africa
  • Namibia

AFCON 2023 Group E Fixtures & Times

  • Tunisia v Namibia (5pm on 16th January)
  • Mali v South Africa (8pm on 16th January)
  • Tunisia v Mali (8pm on 20th January)
  • South Africa v Namibia (8pm on 21st January)
  • South Africa v Tunisia (5pm on 24th January)
  • Namibia v Mali (5pm on 24th January)

Group E Team Information Table

TeamAFCON WinsAFCON Runner UpManagerCaptainStar PlayerOther Key Players
Tunisia12Jalel KadriYoussef MsakniAnis Ben SlimaneAlu Maaloul, Hamza Rafia, Taha Khenissi, Naim Sliti, Aissa Laidouni
Mali01Eric ChelleHamari TraoreYves BissoumaAmadou Haidara, Diadie Samassekou, Lassana Coulibaly, Adama Traore,Falaye Sacko
South Africa11Hugo BroosRonwen WilliamsPercy TauLyle Foster, Teboho Mokoena, Aubrey Modiba, Lebo Mothiba
Namibia00Collin BenjaminPetrus ShitembiDenzel HaosebAnania Gebhardt, Absalom Iimbondi, Elmo Kambindu

AFCON 2023 – Group E Winner Betting from Bet365 Sport

AFCON 2023 Group Betting
AFCON 2023 Group E – Group Winner Odds from bet365 Sport

Our Group E Prediction – (Q) means they qualify for the Knockout Phase

  1. Tunisia (Q)
  2. South Africa (Q)
  3. Mali (Q)
  4. Namibia
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Group F

  • Morocco
  • DR Congo
  • Zambia
  • Tanzania

AFCON 2023 Group F Fixtures & Times

  • Morocco v Tanzania (5pm on 17th January)
  • DR Congo v Zambia (8pm on 17th January)
  • Morocco v DR Congo (2pm on 21st January)
  • Zambia v Tanzania (5pm on 21st January)
  • Tanzania v DR Congo (8pm on 24th January)
  • Zambia v Morocco (8pm on 24th January)

Group F Team Information Table

TeamAFCON WinsAFCON Runner UpManagerCaptainStar PlayerOther Key Players
Morocco11Walid RegraguiRomain SaissAchraf HakimiYassine Bounou, Moussair Mazraoui, Nayef Aguerd, Sofyan Amrabat, Azzedine Ounahi, Hakim Ziyech, Sofiane Boufal, Youssef En-Nesyri
Tanzania00Adel AmroucheMbwana SamattaAlly SamattaSimon Msuva, Mzamiru Yassin, Novatus Miroshi, Hamid Mkami
DR Congo20Sebastien DesabreChancel MbembaCedric BakambuYoane Wissa, Meschak Elia, Samuel Moutoussamy, Arthur Masuaku
Zambia12Avram GrantLubambo MusondaPatson DakaLameck Banda, Benson Sakala, Kings Kangwa, Stoppila Sunzu

AFCON 2023 – Group F Winner Betting from Bet365 Sport

AFCON 2023 Group Betting
AFCON 2023 Group F – Group Winner Odds from bet365 Sport

Our Group F Prediction – (Q) means they qualify for the Knockout Phase

  1. Morocco (Q)
  2. DR Congo (Q)
  3. Zambia
  4. Tanzania

AFCON 2023 – Knockout Phase – Round of 16 – Qualifying

All six of the group winners, plus the six runners up and the four third placed teams with the best records across the groups qualify for the Round of 16.

From the Round of 16 onwards, all games are played to a finish with extra time and penalties used, if required, to decide the winner.

The draw for the Round of 16 is seeded and is as follows:

  • 27th January – Group A Runner Up v Group C Runner Up
  • 27th January – Group D Winner v 3rd from Group B, E or F
  • 28th January – Group B Runner Up v Group F Runner Up
  • 28th January – Group A Winner v 3rd from Group C, D or E
  • 29th January – Group B Winner v 3rd from Group A, C or D
  • 29th January – Group C Winner v 3rd from Group A, B or F
  • 30th January – Group F Winner v Runner Up Group E
  • 30th January – Group E Winner v Runner Up Group D

From then on the winners of each game progress into the quarterfinals, semi-finals and then the final.

  • 2nd & 3rd February – Quarter Finals
  • 7th February – Semi Finals
  • 10th February – Third Place Match
  • 11th February – AFCON 2023 Final

AFCON 2023 – Stadia to be Used

AFCON 2023
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A total of six stadia across five cities in the Ivory Coast will be used for all matches in the competition. The capital Abidjan is the only city to have two venues.

  • Abidjan – Alessane Outtara Stadium (60,000)
  • Abidjan – Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium (33,000)
  • Bouake – Stade de la Paix (40,000)
  • Korhogo – Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium (20,000)
  • San-Pedro – Laurent Pokou Stadium (20,000)
  • Yamoussoukro – Charles Konan Banny Stadium (20,000)

The Alessane Outtara Stadium in Abidjan will host the opening game, most of the games in Group A, as well as one game in each of the knockout rounds including the Final.

AFCON 2023 – Outright Winner Betting Odds with Bet365 Sport

AFCON 2023 Outright Winner Betting
AFCON 2023 Outright Winner odds at bet365 Sport.

World Cup semi-finalists Morocco lead the way in the current betting at bet365 to win the AFCON 2023 tournament, but in truth the betting is wide open.

Senegal, Algeria, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Cameroon, Nigeria, Tunisia and Ghana will all feel that they stand a chance of success too.

Namibia and Mozambique are the outsiders of the 24 teams, but even they should prove stiff competition to the other teams in their group.

Our Tip to win AFCON 2023 – Ivory Coast – 7/1

Being a host nation is a huge advantage and with a very strong team and squad, Ivory Coast are my pick. I think the combination of those two factors, plus the fact that the host nation could play all but one of their games in their own national stadium, makes them the clear team to back here.

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