By Victor Kanayo
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has given the 24 participating national teams at the 2023 Nations Cup up to January 3, 2023, to submit their lists.
Already, the upcoming AFCON is scheduled between January 13 and February 11, 2024, in Cote d’ivoire, with the draw for the tournament set for October 12, 2023.
According to the organisers, the 24 teams will be drawn into six groups of four.
Provisional Squad Number
A release sent to various member Associations directed that a provisional squad of 55 players be sent to organisers before the turn of the year.
However, only 23 of them will make the final cut for each team being standard CAF requirement.
Over 30 English Premier League players are expected to be named in AFCON squads for the 24-nations tournament.
From the 23-man list, Nations are expected to pick three goalkeepers and 20 outfield players for the 34th edition of the African soccer frenzy.
Meanwhile, CAF has released pitched qualified countries in different four pots ahead of scheduled draws for next month in Abidjan.
In Pot one, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt and Algeria are placed together.
Pot 2 has Nigeria, Cameroon, Dr Congo, Ghana, Mali and Burkina Faso.
In Pot 3 exist South Africa, Cape Verde, Guinea, Zambia, Equatorial Guinea and Mauritania.
The remaining six Nations are in Pot four – Namibia, Mozambique, Gambia, Tanzania, Guinea Bissau and Angola.