Eagles Draw Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea in AFCON 2024 Groups
By Adeke Chukwuka
Nigeria will commence their pursuit of a fourth Africa Cup of Nations title in 2024, facing tournament hosts Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, and Guinea-Bissau.
The draw took place at the vibrant Parc des Expositions in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, with global music star Akon as the host.
Drawing assistance was provided by renowned football figures Didier Drogba, Mikel Obi, Sadio Mane, and Achraf Hakimi, making it a star-studded event supported by the Confederation of African Football.
The Super Eagles, seeded in Pot 2 due to their drop in FIFA rankings, anticipated a tough challenge against top-seeded teams in the Africa Cup of Nations.
They avoided North African opponents but face a challenging start against Ivory Coast at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan, making it a highly anticipated group stage fixture.
Ivory Coast clinched the tournament twice, in 1992 and 2015. Notably, they were in the same group as Nigeria during the 1980 football showpiece hosted by Nigeria, where their encounter ended goalless.
In Group B, record winners Egypt were drawn alongside Ghana, Cape Verde, and Mozambique. Group C features champions Senegal, five-time winners Cameroon, Guinea, and The Gambia.
Group D sees Algeria competing against Burkina Faso, Mauritania, and Angola. Tunisia is placed in Group E with Mali, South Africa, and Namibia, while Group F includes top-ranked African teams Morocco, DR Congo, Zambia, and Tanzania.
The upcoming AFCON edition is scheduled from January 13 to February 11, 2024, during which the tournament will unfold across the cities of Abidjan, Bouaké, Korhogo, San Pédro, and Yamoussoukro.
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