Africa Cup of Nations 2023: Here is the full schedule, kickoff times, and TV Guide

A total of twenty-four nations from Africa will play in the 2023 CAF Africa Cup of Nations, which is due to be held in Côte d’Ivoire from 13 January to 11 February 2024.

It will be the first time since 2012 that the tournament, normally held every other year, is being held in the same year as an Olympic Games.

Only one team, Cameroon, has ever won the men’s senior AFCON and the Olympic men’s under-23 gold medal in the same year, achieving the feat in 2000. The only other country to have won both titles, doing so in different years, is Nigeria (AFCON in 1994 and Olympic gold in 1996).

Teams and players to watch at AFCON 2023

As the African team that made the deepest run at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, all eyes will be on Morocco in Group F. The Atlas Lions, who advanced to the World Cup semi-finals, have not reached the AFCON final since 2004, and have only clinched the title on one occasion back in 1976.

Hosts Côte d’Ivoire are in a tricky Group A which includes another regular favourite, Nigeria. The 1992 and 2015 champions will be counting on Borussia Dortmund striker Sebastien Haller, who is now back to his best after surviving testicular cancer.

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Meanwhile, Nigeria are set to compete in their 20th AFCON tournament. Napoli hotshot Victor Osimhen will be expected to lead the goalscoring tally for the Super Eagles, who have not won the title since 2013.

Defending champions Senegal find themselves in Group C. Familiar names like Sadio Mané, Kalidou Koulibaly, Nicolas Jackson, and Idrissa Gueye will be tasked with keeping the trophy in Dakar.

Ghana have Irish former English Premier League manager Chris Hughton in charge this year, and Hughton has named a strong Black Stars side that includes Premier League representation in the form of captain Andre Ayew, Thomas Partey, and Mohamed Kudus.

And finally, seven-time champions Egypt are alongside Ghana in Group B, having last won the title in 2019. Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny are two of very few foreign-based players in an overwhelmingly domestic-based side, reflecting the strength of Egypt’s domestic football.

CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2023: The Groups

Group AIvory Coast (hosts), Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau
Group BEgypt, Ghana, Cape Verde, Mozambique
Group CSenegal (holders), Cameroon, Guinea, Gambia
Group DAlgeria, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Angola
Group ETunisia, Mali, South Africa, Namibia
Group FMorocco, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Tanzania

CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2023: Full schedule

Below is the CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2023 Competition schedule – All times in local time (same time as UTC).*

Saturday 13 JanuaryGroup A – Ivory Coast vs Guinea-Bissau20:00
Sunday 14 JanuaryGroup A – Nigeria vs Equatorial Guinea Group B – Egypt vs Mozambique Group B – Ghana vs Cabo Verde14:00 17:00 20:00
Monday 15 JanuaryGroup D – Burkina Faso vs Mauritania Group E – Tunisia vs Namibia Group E – Mali vs South Africa14:00 17:00 20:00
Tuesday 16 JanuaryGroup D – Burkina Faso vs Mauritania Group E – Tunisia vs Namibia Group E – Mali vs South Africa14:00 17:00 20:00
Wednesday 17 JanuaryGroup D – Morocco vs Tanzania Group D – DR Congo vs Zambia17:00 20:00
Thursday 18 JanuaryGroup A – Equatorial Guinea vs Guinea-Bissau Group A – Ivory Coast vs Nigeria Group B – Egypt vs Ghana14:00 17:00 20:00
Friday 19 JanuaryGroup B – Cabo Verde vs Mozambique Group C – Senegal vs Cameroon Group C – Guinea vs The Gambia14:00 17:00 20:00
Saturday 20 JanuaryGroup D – Algeria vs Burkina Faso Group D – Mauritania vs Angola Group E – Tunisia vs Mali14:00 17:00 20:00
Sunday 21 JanuaryGroup F – Morocco vs DR Congo Group F – Zambia vs Tanzania Group E – South Africa vs Namibia14:00 17:00 20:00
Monday 22 JanuaryGroup A – Equatorial Guinea vs Ivory Coast Group A – Guinea-Bissau vs Nigeria Group B – Mozambique vs Ghana Group B – Cabo Verde vs Egypt17:00 17:00 20:00 20:00
Tuesday 23 JanuaryGroup C – Guinea vs Senegal Group C – Gambia vs Cameroon Group D – Angola vs Burkina Faso Group D – Mauritania vs Angola17:00 17:00 20:00 20:00
Wednesday 24 JanuaryGroup E – South Africa vs Tunisia Group E – Namibia vs Mali Group F – Tanzania vs DR Congo Group F – Zambia vs Morocco17:00 17:00 20:00 20:00
Saturday 27 January – Tuesday 30 Januaryeach day – Round of 1617:00 and 20:00
Friday 2 February – Saturday 3 Februaryeach day – Quarter-finals17:00 and 20:00
Wednesday 7 FebruarySemi-finals17:00 and 20:00
Saturday 10 FebruaryThird-place playoff20:00
Sunday 11 FebruaryFinal20:00
CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2023 Competition schedule – All times in local time (same time as UTC).

Where to watch Africa Cup of Nations Côte d’Ivoire 23

The 2023 AFCON will be broadcast across Africa and worldwide, with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) looking to make the tournament available across the continent on free-to-air TV.

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Other broadcasters include beIN Sport, which will broadcast the tournament in the Middle East and North Africa region as well as in France and the United States; CANAL+, which will show the event in French in Sub-Saharan Africa; GTV in Ghana; AfroSport in Nigeria; Supersports in South Africa; ZIGGO Sport in the Netherlands; and the CAF’s own media channels will also show games in some countries.

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