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Draw completed for 2023 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations

Rabat was the location on Friday as Confederation of African Football (CAF) carried out the draw for the 2023 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations that will start on June 24. The competition will be hosted by Morocco and serves as Africa’s qualification competition to determine which teams represent the continent at the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. Cameroon national team legend and scorer of four goals during the country’s Bronze Medal finish at the 2000 Olympics, Patrick Mboma, was on hand along with former Morocco national team star Aziz Bouderbala to draw the teams. Group A features hosts Morocco along with Ghana, Republic of Congo and Guinea while Group B will see Egypt, Mali, Gabon and Niger battle for a spot in the semifinals.

The eight participants were drawn into two groups of four teams each on Friday with the top two teams from each group qualifying for the  semifinals, from which three teams will qualify for the Olympics including the two finalists and the winner of the Third Place match. The loser of the Third Place match will take part in an intercontinental playoff against the team who finishes in fourth place at the 2024 AFC U-23 Asian Cup.

The full draw and schedule for both groups are below.

Group A

  1. Morocco (Hosts)
  2. Ghana
  3. Republic of Congo
  4. Guinea

Group A Schedule- Rabat

June 24

Morocco vs. Guinea

June 25

Ghana vs. Republic of Congo

June 27

Republic of Congo vs. Guinea

Morocco vs. Ghana

June 30

Morocco vs. Republic of Congo

Guinea vs. Ghana

Group B

  1. Egypt
  2. Mali
  3. Gabon
  4. Niger

Group B Schedule- Tangier

June 25

Egypt vs. Niger

Mali vs. Gabon

June 28

Egypt vs. Mali

Gabon vs. Niger

July 1

Gabon vs. Egypt

Niger vs. Mali

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