AFCON 2025: Super Eagles to learn September foes in 3 weeks

Three-time Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) champions Nigeria will learn their AFCON 2025 opponents in three weeks.

The journey to AFCON 2025 in Morocco will resume with CAF conducting the draw for the qualifiers on Thursday, July 4, 2024, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The draw will take place at the SuperSport studios.

The Super Eagles were losing finalists in the last edition, losing to the host nation Ivory Coast in the final.

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The qualifiers are set to begin in September 2024, aiming to determine the initial 24 nations that will compete in Africa's premier event, the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco in 2025.

AFCON 2025 qualifiers: 48 nations set for draw to determine group stage battles

Fourty-eight nations, including the four winners from the preliminary round (Chad, Eswatini, Liberia, and South Sudan), will be divided into 12 groups of four teams each to compete for spots in the finals of the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco in 2025.

Among the confirmed nations for the draw are current African champions Cote d’Ivoire, along with Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo, DR Congo, Egypt.

The rest are Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.


AFCON 2024 finalists Nigeria and Ivory Coast among the top seeds

As usual, seeded teams will be in pot 1. This includes the Super Eagles, who reached the final of AFCON 2023.

Reigning African champions Ivory Coast will also be in pot 1, as well as semi-finalists South Africa and DR Congo.

2022 FIFA World Cup semi-finalists Morocco, Mali, Senegal, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Cameroon and Burkina Faso should also be among the seeded teams.

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