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Africa Cup of Nations 2023: Stay Updated with Fixtures, Results, Schedule, and Bracket

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The Africa Cup of Nations 2023, held in early 2024, is generating as much excitement as ever, bringing together the top footballing nations from the continent in Ivory Coast.

Host nation Ivory Coast aims to challenge AFCON heavyweights like Senegal, Egypt, and Ghana, while Morocco carries optimism following their strong performance at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

As the tournament unfolds over a month, the burning question remains: Who will emerge victorious with the coveted trophy? NaijaSport247 has you covered with the tournament schedule, bracket, and group standings, providing updated results and fixtures after every game day. Brace yourself for an enthralling few weeks of football action.

AFCON 2023 format and rules

This edition of the Africa Cup of Nations features 24 teams organized into six groups of four each. As the tournament progresses to the knockout stages, beginning with the Round of 16 and adopting a one-off straight knockout format, not only the top two from each group but also the four best third-placed teams will secure a spot in the knockout phase.

In the event that two teams are locked on the same points, their placing will be determined on:

  1. Points in the head-to-head match between the two tied teams
  2. Goal difference in the group
  3. Goals scored overall in the group
  4. Drawing of lots.

As we enter the knockout stages, matches will extend to 30 minutes of extra time and proceed to penalties if the teams remain level. Additionally, a third-place playoff will take place between the two losing semifinalists to determine the recipient of the bronze medal.

AFCON fixtures, results, schedule and group tables

The qualification process for the tournament, referred to as AFCON 2023 despite occurring in 2024, concluded by mid-September 2023. The host nation, Ivory Coast, secured an automatic placement in Group A, and the last team to qualify was Namibia.

Here’s how the groups ended up being drawn, with results and standings updated regularly:

Group A table

Team GP W D L GD Pts
Equatorial Guinea 2 1 1 0 +2 4
Nigeria 2 1 1 0 +1 4
Ivory Coast 2 1 0 1 +1 3
Guinea-Bissau 2 0 0 1 -4 0

Results/fixtures

  • Jan 13: Ivory Coast 2-0 Guinea-Bissau
  • Jan 14: Nigeria 1-1 Equatorial Guinea
  • Jan 18: Equatorial Guinea 4-2 Guinea-Bissau
  • Jan 18: Ivory Coast 0-1 Nigeria
  • Jan 22: Equatorial Guinea vs. Ivory Coast
  • Jan 22: Guinea-Bissau vs. Nigeria

Group B

Team GP W D L GD Pts
Cape Verde 1 1 0 0 +1 3
Egypt 2 0 2 0 0 2
Mozambique 1 0 1 0 0 1
Ghana 2 0 1 1 -1 1

Results/fixtures

  • Jan 14: Egypt 2-2 Mozambique
  • Jan 14: Ghana 1-2 Cape Verde
  • Jan 18: Egypt 2-2 Ghana
  • Jan 19: Cape Verde vs. Mozambique
  • Jan 22: Cape Verde vs. Egypt
  • Jan 22: Mozambique vs. Ghana

Group C

Team GP W D L GD Pts
Senegal 1 1 0 0 +3 3
Cameroon 1 0 1 0 0 1
Guinea 1 0 1 0 0 1
Gambia 1 0 0 1 -3 0

Results/fixtures

  • Jan 15: Senegal 3-0 Gambia
  • Jan 15: Cameroon 1-1 Guinea
  • Jan 19: Senegal vs. Cameroon
  • Jan 19: Guinea vs. Gambia
  • Jan 23: Gambia vs. Cameroon
  • Jan 23: Guinea vs. Senegal

Group D

Team GP W D L GD Pts
Burkina Faso 1 1 0 0 1 3
Algeria 1 0 1 0 0 1
Angola 1 0 1 0 0 1
Mauritania 1 0 0 0 0 0

Results/fixtures

  • Jan 15: Algeria 1-1 Angola
  • Jan 16: Burkina Faso 1-0 Mauritania
  • Jan 20: Algeria vs. Burkina Faso
  • Jan 20: Mauritania vs. Angola
  • Jan 23: Angola vs. Burkina Faso
  • Jan 23: Mauritania vs. Algeria

Group E

Team GP W D L GD Pts
Mali 1 1 0 0 2 3
Namibia 1 1 0 0 1 3
Tunisia 1 0 0 1 -1 0
South Africa 1 0 0 1 -2 0

Results/fixtures

  • Jan 16: Tunisia 0-1 Namibia
  • Jan 16: Mali 2-0 South Africa
  • Jan 20: Tunisia vs. Mali
  • Jan 21: South Africa vs. Namibia
  • Jan 24: Namibia vs. Mali
  • Jan 24: South Africa vs. Tunisia

Group F

Team GP W D L GD Pts
Morocco 1 1 0 0 +3 3
DR Congo 1 0 1 0 0 1
Zambia 1 0 1 0 0 1
Tanzania 1 0 0 1 -3 0

Results/fixtures

  • Jan 17: Morocco 3-0 Tanzania
  • Jan 17: DR Congo 1-1 Zambia
  • Jan 21: Zambia vs. Tanzania
  • Jan 21: Morocco vs. DR Congo
  • Jan 24: Tanzania vs. DR Congo
  • Jan 24: Zambia vs. Morocco

AFCON knockout stage schedule and fixtures

Round of 16 fixtures

Date Match
January 27 Group A runner-up vs. Group C runner-up
January 27 Group D winner vs. third-place finisher
January 28 Group B runner-up vs. Group F runner-up
January 28 Group A winner vs. third-place finisher
January 29 Group B winner vs. third-place finisher
January 29 Group C winner vs. third-place finisher
January 30 Group F winner vs. Group E runner-up
January 30 Group E winner vs. Group D runner-up

 

Quarterfinals

Date Match
February 2 Round of 16 winner 1 vs. Round of 16 winner 1
February 2 Round of 16 winner 3 vs. Round of 16 winner 4
February 3 Round of 16 winner 5 vs. Round of 16 winner 6
February 3 Round of 16 winner 7 vs. Round of 16 winner 8

 

Semifinals and third-place playoff

The semifinals are scheduled for February 7, followed by the third-place playoff between the two losing semifinalists on February 10. The tournament culminates in the final, set to take place in Abidjan on February 11.

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