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AFCON 2023 state of play: Group tables, fixtures, venues, full schedule, kick-off times as 2023 tournament approaches final

The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations started on Saturday January 13 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast; the final also took place at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium on Sunday February 11 and saw the hosts crowned champions after a 2-1 win over Nigeria

Ivory Coast's fans were able to celebrate on home soil after their first AFCON win since 2015
Image: Ivory Coast's fans were able to celebrate on home soil after their first AFCON win since 2015

Look back on the state of play, groups, results host cities and previous winners from the Africa Cup of Nations 2023.




Round of 16

State of play

Group A

Group B

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Group C

Group D

Group E

Group F

Fixtures and schedule...

Group stage

Saturday January 13

Group A: Ivory Coast 2-0 Guinea-Bissau

Sunday January 14

Group A: Nigeria 1-1 Equatorial Guinea

Group B: Egypt 2-2 Mozambique

Group B: Ghana 1-2 Cape Verde

Monday January 15

Group C: Senegal 3-0 Gambia

Group C: Cameroon 1-1 Guinea

Group D: Algeria 1-1 Angola

Tuesday January 16

Group D: Burkina Faso 1-0 Mauritania

Group E: Tunisia 0-1 Namibia

Group E: Mali 2-0 South Africa

Wednesday January 17

Group F: Morocco 3-0 Tanzania

Group F: DR Congo 1-1 Zambia

Thursday January 18

Group A: Equatorial Guinea 4-2 Guinea-Bissau

Group A: Ivory Coast 0-1 Nigeria

Group B: Egypt 2-2 Ghana

Friday January 19

Group B: Cape Verde 3-0 Mozambique

Group C: Senegal 3-1 Cameroon

Group C: Guinea 1-0 Gambia

Saturday January 20

Group D: Algeria 2-2 Burkina Faso

Group D: Mauritania 2-3 Angola

Group E: Tunisia 1-1 Mali

Sunday January 21

Group F: Morocco 1-1 DR Congo

Group F: Zambia 1-1 Tanzania

Group E: South Africa 4-0 Namibia

Monday January 22

Group A: Equatorial Guinea 4-0 Ivory Coast

Group A: Guinea-Bissau 0-1 Nigeria

Group B: Cape Verde 2-2 Egypt

Group B: Mozambique 2-2 Ghana

Tuesday January 23

Group C: The Gambia 2-3 Cameroon

Group C: Guinea 0-2 Senegal

Group D: Angola 2-0 Burkina Faso

Group D: Mauritania 2-0 Algeria

Wednesday January 24

Group E: Namibia 0-0 Mali

Group E: South Africa 0-0 Tunisia

Group F: Tanzania 0-0 DR Congo

Group F: Zambia 0-1 Morocco

Second round

Saturday January 27

SR1: Angola 3-0 Namibia

SR2: Nigeria 2-0 Cameroon

Sunday January 28

SR3: Equatorial Guinea 0-1 Guinea

SR4: Egypt 1-1 DR Congo (7-8 on penalties)

Monday January 29

SR5: Cape Verde 1-0 Mauritania

SR6: Senegal 1-1 Ivory Coast (4-5 on penalties)

Tuesday January 30

SR7: Mali 2-1 Burkina Faso

SR8: Morocco 0-2 South Africa


Friday February 2

QF1: Nigeria 1-0 Angola

QF2: DR Congo 3-1 Guinea

Saturday February 3

QF3: Mali 1-2 Ivory Coast

QF4: Cape Verde 0-0 South Africa (1-2 on penalties)


Wednesday February 7

SF1: Nigeria 1-1 South Africa (4-2 on penalties)

SF2: Ivory Coast 1-0 DR Congo

Third place play-off

Saturday February 10

South Africa 0-0 DR Congo (6-5 on penalties)


Sunday February 11

Nigeria 1-2 Ivory Coast

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What were the groups?

The 24 teams taking part were split into six groups of four.

Group A: Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau.

Group B: Egypt, Ghana, Cape Verde, Mozambique.

Group C: Senegal, Cameroon, Guinea, The Gambia.

Group D: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Angola.

Group E: Tunisia, Mali, South Africa, Namibia.

Group F: Morocco, DR Congo, Zambia, Tanzania.

The top two teams in each group and the four best-ranked third-placed teams advanced to the last 16.

The venues...

Five host cities have been chosen with six stadiums used for the tournament.

  • Alassane Ouattara Stadium, Abidjan (capacity 60,000)
  • Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium, Abidjan (33,000)
  • Charles Konan Banny Stadium, Yamoussoukro (20,000)
  • Stade de la Paix, Bouake (40,000)
  • Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium, Korhogo (20,000)
  • Laurent Pokou Stadium, San Pedro (20,000)

AFCON: Previous winners and runners-up...

Year Winners Runners-up
1957 Egypt Ethiopia
1959 Egypt Sudan
1962 Ethiopia Egypt
1963 Ghana Sudan
1965 Ghana Tunisia
1968 DR Congo Ghana
1970 Sudan Ghana
1972 Congo Mali
1974 DR Congo Zambia
1976 Morocco Guinea
1978 Ghana Uganda
1980 Nigeria Algeria
1982 Ghana Libya
1984 Cameroon Nigeria
1986 Egypt Cameroon
1988 Cameroon Nigeria
1990 Algeria Nigeria
1992 Ivory Coast Ghana
1994 Nigeria Zambia
1996 South Africa Tunisia
1998 Egypt South Africa
2000 Cameroon Nigeria
2002 Cameroon Senegal
2004 Tunisia Morocco
2006 Egypt Ivory Coast
2008 Egypt Cameroon
2010 Egypt Ghana
2012 Zambia Ivory Coast
2013 Nigeria Burkina Faso
2015 Ivory Coast Ghana
2017 Cameroon Egypt
2019 Algeria Senegal
2021 Senegal Egypt

When did the tournament start and where is it?

The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations started on Saturday January 13 with Ivory Coast hosting the finals for the second time.

The hosts got things under way by beating Guinea-Bissau 2-0 in Abidjan.

The 34th edition of the tournament lasted two days short of a month and ended where it began - at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium - on Sunday February 11.

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