By John Essien
Following the draws for the AFCON 2023 qualifiers held in Johannesburg, South Africa on Tuesday, the Super Eagles of Nigeria have been placed in group A alongside Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau and Sao Tome and Principe.
The draw was conducted by the CAF Director of Competitions, Samson Adamu and assisted by African football legends Lucas Radebe (South Africa) and Solomon Kalou (Cote d’Ivoire).
A total of 48 teams were drawn into 12 groups of four teams (Group A to L) with the top two teams from each group qualifying for the tournament to be played in Cote d’Ivoire next year.
After a disappointing campaign at the 2022 AFCON in Cameroon and failure to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar, the Super Eagles will seek to redeem themselves by leading the race for the ticket in group A.
Recall that Nigeria had previously been grouped alongside Sierra Leone for the last edition in Cameroon, as both fixtures ended in a stalemate.
The qualifiers will start in June 2022 and the 32 team expected to participate in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations will be known by September 2022.
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