- Defending champions, Senegal are in Pot 1 with regular contenders Morocco, Senegal and hosts Côte D’Ivoire
- Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana and DR Congo are the four previous winners in Pot 2
- Participating Nations separated into four pots for group stage draw
Five-time African champions, Cameroon have been drawn in Pot 2 of the 2023 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) draw to be conducted next month.
Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana plus 2013 finalist, Burkina Faso form some of the teams in pot two while Pot 1 is dominated by usual suspects -The Atlas Lions of Morocco, defending champions Senegal, hosts Côte D’Ivoire joins 2004 winners Tunisia, Nigeria and record winners Egypt in a pot 1. The rest of the teams are in Pot 3 and 4 ahead of the draw to determine opponents in the group stage.
Barely a few months before the start of the tournament, Cameroon is among the countries anxiously waiting to find out who they will face in the group stage.
The tournament in Côte D’Ivoire will be the third edition of the 24-team format which has earned praises across the board.
As such, the AFCON will once again be split into six groups of four, as was the case in Egypt 2019 and Cameroon 2021, that happened last year.
Cameroon’s 7th spot in the FIFA World Rankings means they will be entering Pot 2 – which will include part of Africa’s top ten sides in the world standings outside the top five sides that join host Côte D’Ivoire in Pot 1.
The next best-ranked sides from the qualifiers will be placed in Pot 3 featuring 1996 champions – South Africa, who return to the AFCON for the first time since 2019, thanks to the guidance of coach Hugo Broos, who helped Cameroon claim the AFCON crown in 2017.
Finally, Pot 4 will include the next five best-ranked FIFA sides. Guinea Bissau in their fourth tournament in a row, Mozambique making a 13- years comeback, 2010 hosts Angola, The Gambia, who reached the quarter-final last year in Cameroon are in Pot 4 alongside AFCON returnees Namibia and Tanzania.
The draw ceremony has been scheduled for October 12 in Abidjan, Côte D’Ivoire.
The expected pools A to F will carry one team each from the four pots of six nations.
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