Uganda Cranes has been pitted in Group F alongside Algeria, Niger and Tanzania in the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023 group stage qualifiers.
The 48 teams were drawn this evening during a ceremony held in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Uganda Cranes who missed out on the AFCON 2021 will be looking forward to making amends when the 2023 edition of the qualifiers kick-off later in June this year.
“After seeing the draw, with hard work we have what it takes to go back to the AFCON,” said Uganda Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic after the draw was conducted.
The draw conducted by the CAF Competitions Director Samson Adamu and assisted by former South African captain Lucas Redebe and ex-Ivory Coast striker Solomon Kalou saw the teams divided into 12 groups from A to L.
The best two teams in each group will qualify for the AFCON 2023 to take place in Cote d’Ivoire. Sredojevic’s side will have to finish in the first two places in Group F if they hope to secure a slot for the continental tournament.
According to CAF, the first two group matches will be played between May and June, while two more matches will be played in September and the next two in March 2023.
The 2023 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations is scheduled to be hosted by Cote d”Ivoire. Uganda Cranes last appeared in AFCON 2019 in Egypt.
Senegal are the reigning AFCON champions after they defeated Egypt in the final of the AFCON 2021.
Group A: Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau, Sao Tome & Principe/Mauritius
Group B: Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Togo, Eswatini
Group C: Cameroon, Kenya, Namibia, Burundi
Group D: Egypt, Guinea, Malawi, Ethiopia
Group E: Ghana, Madagascar, Angola, Central African Republic
Group F: Algeria, Uganda, Niger, Tanzania
Group G: Mali, Congo, Gambia, South Sudan
Group H: Cote d’Ivoire, Zambia, Comoros, Lesotho
Group I: DR Congo, Gabon, Mauritania, Sudan
Group J: Tunisia, Guinea, Libya, Botswana
Group K: Morocco, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Liberia
Group L: Senegal, Benin, Mozambique, Rwanda