The 34th edition of the African Cup of Nations qualifier for the international men’s football championship took place in the Supersports studio of Johannesburg, South Africa on the 19th of April, 22 held by the confederation of African football. Forty two national teams entered the draw directly per their FIFA world rankings plus six additional teams who won their preliminary playoffs. With fifty four national teams in Africa, and a tournament made up of forty eight nations, CAF’s criteria of screening is to first select forty two national teams using the FIFA world ranking in football, and then the remaining twelve teams play a preliminary stage to select six winning teams.
Ghana is at 52nd position in the FIFA world ranking and at the 8th position among African countries and as such was included in the seeded forty two teams that entered directly without playing any preliminary qualifiers. Other West African countries such as Senegal, Nigeria, and Mali also entered the draw directly.
The full 12 groups in the 2023 AFCON qualifiers at Johannesburg on April 19, 2022. beIN SPORTS/AFP
As seen above, Nigeria is likely to top Group A considering their current stand in recent FIFA world rankings and their performance in the just ended Afcon. For Group B, Burkina Faso is likely to lead considering their current performances. Cameroon, on the other hand, may top Group C. Likewise Eqpyt may also top Group D considering some of their big stars such as Mohammed Salah who is doing very well at the international level. The black stars of Ghana is likely to top its group as well. Algeria can also have an upper edge in Group F, as well as Mali for Group G, Cote D’Ivoire for Group H, Gabon for Group I, Tunisia for Group J, Morocco for Group K, and finally Senegal for group L. Share with me your thoughts in the comment section below. Is Morocco likely to top their group with the likes of South Africa in the same group?
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