CHAN 2023: the complete draw of the five groups of the final phase

The African Nations Championship trophy, here lifted in 2018 by Morocco.


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The draw for the seventh African Nations Championship (CHAN 2023) was held on Saturday October 1 in Algiers, just over three months before the meeting in Algeria.

The Algerian selection finds itself in a group A which seems within its reach, while Morocco, winner of the last two titles, will notably have as their opponent in group C the Malagasy novice.


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The table for the final phase of 

CHAN 2023

, from January 13 to February 4, is now known.

The drawing of lots for the

18 qualified nations

was done in Algiers in the presence of

Patrice Motsepe

, the president of the Confederation of African Football.

Algeria, as the host country, was automatically placed in group A, while Morocco, winner of the last two editions, found itself in group C.

Boules and chance have not reserved very tough opponents for the Fennecs.

Admittedly, they will face Libya, titled in 2014 and fourth in 2018. But the Libyans disappointed in the last edition, where they were eliminated in the first round.

Ethiopia (two appearances, two first-round eliminations) and Mozambique (one appearance, one first-round elimination) complete Group A.

DRC, Ivory Coast and Senegal in the same group

Group B will be of great interest with the Democratic Republic of Congo, crowned in 2009 and 2016, and two ambitious selections with Côte d'Ivoire (third in 2016) and Senegal (fourth in 2009).

Uganda, for its part, acts as Tom Thumb.

The Cranes bring the record of participations to six – just like the DRC – but will hope to finally cross the first round.

In group C, the last with four teams, there will be a clash of extremes between the Moroccan champions on the one hand and the Malagasy novices on the other.

Madagascar is, in fact, the only selection to take its first steps in the CHAN.

Ghana, qualified for the first time since their lost final in 2014 (plus another in 2009), and Sudan, third in their two appearances in 2011 and 2018, complete this group.

Mali, unfortunate finalist at the end of the previous CHAN, is in group D with Angola and Mauritania, two teams a priori modest.

As for group E, it is made up of Cameroon, Congo-Brazzaville and Niger.

The full draw:

Group A (Algiers)

: Algeria, Libya, Ethiopia, Mozambique

Group B (Annaba)

: DRC, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Senegal

Group C (Constantine)

: Morocco, Sudan, Madagascar, Ghana

Group D (Oran)

: Mali, Angola, Mauritania

Group E (Oran)

: Cameroon, Congo-Brazaville, Niger


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