Zimbabwe Drawn In Tough Group For 2023 AFCON Qualifiers
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) conducted the draw for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Qualifiers in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Zimbabwe has been placed in Group K alongside COSAFA rivals South Africa, North African giants Morocco and West African nation Liberia.
The first two qualifying matchdays are scheduled between 30 May and 14 June 2022.
The winners and runners up of each group will automatically qualify for the finals in June next year.
AFCON 2023 hosts Ivory Coast will participate in the qualifiers, but as the hosts of the tournament, are guaranteed a spot in the finals.
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Zimbabwe and Kenya, who are both banned from international football, were drawn for the qualifiers.
However, the two nations will only participate in the competition if they meet FIFA’s demands two weeks before the games begin.
Should the two countries fail to have the suspensions lifted, the groups they are placed in will shrink from four nations to three.
However, the top two finishers will still qualify for the finals.
Here is the draw in full.
Group A: São Tomé and Príncipe/Mauritius, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, Nigeria.
Group B: Eswatini, Togo, Cape Verde, Burkina Faso.
Group C: Burundi, Namibia, Kenya, Cameroon.
Group D: Ethiopia, Malawi, Guinea, Egypt.
Group E: Central African Republic, Angola, Madagascar, Ghana.
Group F: Tanzania, Niger, Uganda, Algeria.
Group G: South Sudan, Gambia, Congo, Mali.
Group H: Lesotho, Comoros, Zambia, Ivory Coast.
Group I: Sudan, Mauritania, Gabon, DR Congo.
Group J: Botswana, Libya, Equatorial Guinea, Tunisia.
Group K: Liberia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Morocco.
Group L: Rwanda, Mozambique, Benin, Senegal.