2023 AFCON Qualifier: Nigeria Draw Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau And Sao Tome

Super Eagles Of Nigeria
A file photo of the Super Eagles Team. Daniel BELOUMOU OLOMO / AFP


The draw for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying groups were made in Johannesburg on Tuesday and put Nigeria in the same group with Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau, Sao Tome.

The matches are expected to begin in May.

Winners and runners-up in each group except H qualify for the 24-team finals in the Ivory Coast during June and July 2023.

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Ivory Coast automatically qualify from Group H as tournament hosts, along with the highest placed of the other three teams

Kenya and Zimbabwe are suspended by FIFA due to government interference in the running of the sport and they will be allowed to compete only if the bans are lifted by mid May

Meanwhile, Mauritius have protested a 4-3 aggregate loss to Sao Tome e Principe in the preliminary round and the outcome of a disciplinary hearing will decide which nation competes in Group A.

See full outcome of the draw below

Group A: Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau, Sao Tome e Principe or 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 Brazzaville, Gambia, South Sudan

Group H: Ivory Coast (hosts), Zambia, Comoros, Lesotho

Group I: Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Mauritania, Sudan

Group J: Tunisia, Equatorial Guinea, Libya, Botswana

Group K: Morocco, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Liberia

Group L: Senegal (holders), Benin, Mozambique, Rwanda

2021 AWCON: Pinnick Confident Of Falcons’ Victory Against Ghana


The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick is confident that the Super Falcons would emerge victorious in the Qualifier match against Ghana.

Super Falcons of Nigeria have been drawn to face Ghana in the first round of the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AWCON) qualifiers.

Falcons, known to be the most successful team with nine titles in eleven editions, will once again compete for the first round of the coveted women’s AFCON title.

Pinnick who spoke during an interview on Channels Television’s Sports admitted that although the Ghanaian side is tough to beat; the Super Falcons would, however, scale through going by their level of preparedness.

“We are not going to joke with the Qualifiers because we are playing Ghana. We are going to take it very seriously because we want to retain the title,” he said.


A file photo of Super Falcons players posing for a photograph.


“We have gone beyond what we normally comprehend. We can easily beat a team 2, 3, 4, 5, 6-0, not anymore because there is a lot.

“Going by the last Women’s training in Ijebu-Ode, I saw the quality of our girls. They played well and that gave me a lot of hope.”

If the Falcons are successful in their encounter against the Black Queens of Ghana, the Randy Waldrum girls will face the winner between Niger and Ivory Coast to qualify for the tournament proper.

The qualifiers will span three rounds with home and away matches starting in the FIFA international window — from June 7 to 15, 2021.

Aggregate winners will qualify to join Morocco, the host nation, in the final tournament.

The tournament will then kick off from July 2 to 23 next year.

PHOTO: Eagles Enjoying Lagos Waterways On Their Way Back From Benin Republic

Eagles are three-time African champions: [email protected] Gawat.


The Super Eagles on Sunday returned to the country after their 0-1 defeat of the Benin Republic in a 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier.

Jubril Gawat, a media aide to the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, shared photos of the team on the Lagos waterways while returning to prepare for another clash with the Crocodiles of Lesotho on Tuesday.

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“EXCLUSIVE: The @NGSuperEagles players enjoying the Lagos Waterways on their way back from Porto Novo, after defeating the Squirrels of Benin at home,” he tweeted on his official handle.

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Photo: [email protected] Gawat.

Photo: [email protected] Talktolaswa
Eagles are three-time African champions. Photo: [email protected] Gawat.

Although the three-time African champions had already booked their place in the competition billed for Cameroon before the match, Paul Onuachu’s 93rd-minute winner guaranteed Gernot Rohr’s men a top-of-the-table finish in Group L of the qualifying series.

A fourth consecutive goalless draw in the section seemed on the cards until giant substitute Onuachu reacted quickest when goalkeeper Saturnin Allagbe blocked a Victor Osimhen shot in Porto-Novo.

Nigeria have 11 points, Benin seven, Sierra Leone four and Lesotho three going into the final round of qualifiers Tuesday.

While three-time African champions Nigeria host Lesotho in Lagos with only pride at stake, Cup of Nations qualification will be on the line when Sierra Leone confront Benin in Freetown.

AFCON: Burkina Faso, Guinea Qualify, Four-Goal Ethiopia Crush Madagascar

AFCON trophy.


Burkina Faso and Guinea qualified Wednesday for the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon next January, while Ethiopia trounced Madagascar 4-0 as matchday 5 kicked off.

The Burkinabe secured a place for the sixth time in their last seven attempts by forcing a 0-0 Group B draw away to Uganda near Kampala.

Uganda must avoid defeat in Malawi Monday to join Burkina Faso at the 24-team tournament, which has been delayed one year by the coronavirus pandemic.

Malawi kept hopes of a first Cup of Nations appearance since 2010 alive by edging South Sudan 1-0 through a Richard Mbulu goal in Sudan as the national stadium in Juba is being renovated.

Guinea booked a place from Group A by defeating already-qualified Mali 1-0 in Conakry via a goal from substitute Seydouba Soumah with 15 minutes remaining.

Burkina Faso and Guinea join defending champions Algeria, Mali, Senegal, Tunisia and automatic qualifiers as hosts Cameroon in securing places, leaving 17 places up for grabs.

Ethiopia rose from third to first in Group K with an unexpectedly convincing triumph over Madagascar, who were the surprise side of the 2019 Cup of Nations in Egypt, reaching the quarter-finals as debutants.

The Ethiopians are ranked 42nd in Africa — 21 places below the Malagasys — but it was hard to believe that fact as they dominated the first half in Bahir Dar to turn over with a three-goal advantage.

Amanuel Gebremichael was first to score for a country that has featured at the Cup of Nations only once since 1976, followed by Getaneh Kebede and Abubeker Nassir.

Egypt-based Shimelis Bekele, the only starter who plays his club football outside Ethiopia, completed the rout four minutes from time.

– Sudan stay in hunt –
Ethiopia have nine points, the Ivory Coast and Madagascar seven each and Niger three with the two west African sides meeting in Niamey Friday.

On Tuesday, the Ivorians host the Ethiopians and the Malagasys enjoy home advantage over the Nigeriens and, depending on the Niamey result, all four countries could be in contention for two places.

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Sudan stayed in the hunt for a top-two finish in Group C thanks to a 2-0 away win over Sao Tome e Principe, the lowest ranked team in the group phase as they lie 51st in Africa and 187th in the world.

Mohamed Abdel Rahman broke the deadlock on 27 minutes in the island nation off the Gabonese coast and Seifeldin Malik netted early in the second half.

Ghana, South Africa and Sudan are all former champions and have nine points each ahead of a clash between Bafana Bafana (The Boys) and the Black Stars in Soweto Thursday.

Rwanda won and scored for the first time in Group F, defeating Mozambique 1-0 in Kigali through a Lague Byiringiro goal to climb from last to second.

There is just one qualifying spot up at stake in this section as runaway leaders Cameroon are guaranteed a place as hosts, but wanted to gain competitive match practice rather than rely on friendlies.

Rwanda have five points and Cape Verde, who host Cameroon Friday, and Mozambique four each in an intriguing contest to claim a place.

There are nine fixtures scheduled for Thursday with the Comoros and the Gambia hoping to clinch first appearances.


2021 AFCON Qualifier: Nigeria All Set For Benin Match 

Nigeria are currently top of their group. Photo: [email protected] State Government.


Nigeria will travel by boat for this weekend’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Benin after players raised concerns over the poor road network linking the neighbouring countries.

“It will be the best way to go there,” said Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr.

“Last Saturday, I made the trip and we were flying on the water. It was so quick and calm.”

The trip by sea takes around an hour.

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Nigeria, who have called up as many as 20 overseas-based stars, will set sail for the capital Porto-Novo on Friday morning.

The three-time African champions lead Group L with eight points from four matches, while Benin are second on seven points.

Sierra Leone have three points and Lesotho bottom of the standings with two points with the top two teams advancing to the Nations Cup in Cameroon in January.


AFCON Qualifiers: Okowa Attends Super Eagles Training, Promises $25,000 Per Goal

Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, shakes the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr Amaju Pinnick at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Delta State on November 14, 2018.


Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa on Wednesday attended Super Eagles players’ training at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.

Okowa during the visit to the players promised to reward them with the sum of $25,000 for every goal scored in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against South Africa.

President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Pinnick Amaju in response appreciated the governor for making the Stephen Keshi Stadium available for the Super Eagles to train.

He described the team as the “most disciplined, young and promising who are in the home of sports, Delta State.”

Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr concerning the pitch said it is one of the best in the country. He also assured the governor of the commitment of the team to qualify for AFCON.

Super Eagles will face Bafana Bafana of South Africa at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg on Saturday.

Those at training include goalkeepers Daniel Akpeyi, Theophilus Afelokhai and Ikechukwu Ezenwa, as well as defenders Olaoluwa Aina, Adeleye Aniyikaye, Semi Ajayi, Bryan Idowu, William Ekong, Leon Balogun, Kenneth Omeruo, and Jamilu Collins.

The midfielders are Oghenekaro Etebo, John Ogu, and Mikel Agu, while the forwards are Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon, Victor Osimhen, Henry Onyekuru, Alex Iwobi, Isaac Success, and Samuel Chukwueze.

However, France – based forward Samuel Kalu is expected on Wednesday.

Despite leading the group, Nigeria need at least a draw from Saturday’s game to be sure of a slot at the next year’s continental tournament.

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EPL: Arsenal Confirm Alex Iwobi’s Return

Arsenal, Alex Iwobi, Arsene WengerArsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Nigerian striker, Alex Iwobi is in line to feature in Saturday’s clash against Southampton at the Emirates.

“Iwobi is back in the squad. The only one who is not ready is Aaron Ramsey. He is on the good way, but not completely ready for Southampton or Tuesday,” Wenger said.

The attacking midfielder missed the Gunners last two games in the English top-flight and the 2017 AFCON qualifier against Tanzania after suffering a thigh injury on the opening day of the season.

The news is a big boost for Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, who is expected to announce his squad for the World Cup qualifier against Zambia in the next two weeks.

CAF Fines Nigeria For Overcrowded Stadium

CAFThe Confederation Of African Football (CAF) has fined the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) 5,000 dollars for overcrowding and lack of security during the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt in Kaduna in March.

On March 29, the gates to the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, venue of the match was thrown open for football fans causing over 50, 000 spectators to cram into the 15, 000-capacity stadium.

Rising from their disciplinary board meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, the African football governing body handed down the fine, while threatening further sanctions if there was a similar incident in future games.

The game ended in a 1-1 with Mohammed Salah scoring a late equaliser for the Pharaohs.

Meanwhile, the CAF disciplinary committee has also fined Egypt’s FA 5,000 dollars because of the excessive use of lasers during the return leg fixture against Nigeria.

The incident occurred during their African Cup of Nations qualification return leg clash in Alexandria.

The Pharaohs won the game 1-0 and ended Nigeria’s hopes of a place at the next Cup of Nations in Gabon.

Super Eagles To Miss AFCON 2017 After Egypt Loss

Super EaglesThe Super Eagles of Nigeria will miss the 2017 edition of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) after losing by a lone goal to the Pharaohs of Egypt on Monday in Alexandria.

Although, it was 0-0 at half time, the Egyptians always looked more likely to win the match having rattled the Nigerian defence on many occasions in the first half.

The Nigerians were limited to short passes, unable to convert their possession into attempts on goal.

The second half saw the Pharaohs maintaining the momentum and finally got their goal in the 65th minute.

Ramadan Sobhy shot towards the Nigerian goal and the ball rolled under goalkeeper Akpeyi’s arm thinking his defence line would clear it.

The Eagles’ introduction of Alex Iwobi failed to produce the spark seen in the reverse leg in Kaduna and the Egyptians saw out the match to seal their qualification for the AFCON.

The Eagles went into the Alexandria game in dire need of a win to give them a boost for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations ticket but the resilient Pharaohs ensured that the 3-time champions miss out for the second consecutive edition.

Nigeria’s chances became slimmer following Chad’s withdrawal from the AFCON qualifiers, as Egypt topped the group, leading Nigeria with two points and Tanzania on one point.

The win has now created an insurmountable 5-point lead for Egypt as only the match against Tanzania is left to play.

Siasia Starts Moses, Umar In Super Eagles Game

SiasiaSuper Eagles coach, Samson Siasia has made three changes to his starting line-up against Egypt in Alexandra.

Victor moss and Aminu Umar start for the Super Eagles while Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho returns to the bench.

South Africa-based Daniel Akpeyi will be in goal after Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme who was ruled out due to illness.

Siasia will also stick with Stanley Amuzie at left back and Lazio midfielder Ogenyi Onazi will not start despite serving out his suspension.

The coach had said ahead of the battle of supremacy against Egypt in group G of the 2017 AFCON qualifier that there is no room for complacency in Alexandria.

He insisted that this is the time the team must break the jinx of never defeating the Egyptians since 1990.

The coach added that all players were aware of this fact, stressing that whoever gets to play must fight very hard for the country.

AFCON Qualifier: Super Eagles Ready For Egypt – Siasia

Super eaglesSuper Eagles Interim Coach, Samson Siasia, says there is no room for complacency in Alexandria.

Siasia’s statement is coming as the Eagles get set to take on the Pharaohs of Egypt on Tuesday evening in a battle of supremacy in group G of the 2017 AFCON qualifier.

He insisted that this is the time the team must break the jinx of never defeating the Egyptians since 1990.

The coach added that all players are aware of this fact, stressing that whoever gets to play must fight very hard for the country.

The game has been scheduled for 5.35PM Nigerian time.

The Egyptians forced the Super Eagles to a 1-1 draw first leg of the AFCON qualifier, which was played before a massive crowd of supporters inside the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, northwest Nigeria.

Following Chad’s withdrawal from the race, Egypt top the group with four points, with Nigeria second on two points and Tanzania on one point.

The Eagles go into the Alexandria game in dire need of a win to give them a boost for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations ticket.

Super Eagles first choice goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, has been ruled out of the match due to illness.

Eagles Keeper Carl Ikeme Out Of Egypt Match

carl ikemeSuper Eagles first choice goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, is out of Tuesday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt in Alexandria.

Super Eagles medical crew confirmed that the goalkeeper has stomach upset which has kept him out of training since Friday’s game in Kaduna.

Reacting, Head Coach Samson Siasia allayed fears that the absence of the goalkeeper would hamper the team’s chances of victory on Tuesday.

Coach Siasia said that one of his reserves goalkeepers, Daniel Akpeyi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa could get the job done in Alexandria.

Nigeria go into the Alexandria game two points behind Egypt and are in dire need of a win to give the Eagles a boost for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations ticket.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria conceded a late goal against the Pharaohs of Egypt to draw their AFCON qualifier 1-1 in Kaduna.

Meanwhile, Super Eagles Captain, John Mikel Obi says the team will have to fight like never before in the second leg match.

Mikel called on his teammates to give more than 100% to ensure Nigeria gets all three points in Alexandria on Tuesday.

Players and officials will leave the country for the game on Monday to Alexandria and train at the match venue in the evening.

The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) holds in Gabon.