Amunike, Song Shortlisted For 2023 Africa Cup Of Nations Draw

Amunike, Song Shortlisted For 2023 Africa Cup Of Nations Draw

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Former Super Eagles winger, Emmanuel Amunike has been shortlisted by the Confederation of Africa Football, CAF to be part of the assistants during the draw for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON qualifiers on Friday, can report.

The 1994 Africa Footballer of the Year will be joined by former Cameroon Indomitable Lions’ captain Rigobert Song as both will be the draw assistants at the AFCON Cote d’Ivoire 2023 Preliminary Round Draw on Friday, 21 January 2022 in Douala, Cameroon

The draw will be conducted at 4pm local time.

Friday’s draw will be the first step towards the 34th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, Cote d’Ivoire 2023.

Amunike, a former midfielder of Super Eagles won the AFCON in 1994 and was also part of the ‘golden generation’ team that claimed the Olympic gold medal in 1996 with Nigeria Dream Team.

Song, a former Indomitable Lions defender and captain featured in eight Africa Cup of Nations finals (1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010) winning the compettition twice in 2000 and 2002 with Cameroon.

The Preliminary Round will see the 12 least ranked teams divided into two levels. The six highest ranked teams (of the 12) will play against the six least ranked teams (the first leg will be played at home of the lower ranked teams).

The six aggregate winners will join the 42 highest ranked teams into the Group Stage of the qualifiers.

Level 1: Lesotho, Eswatini, Botswana, Gambia, South Sudan, Mauritius

Level 2: Chad, Sao Tome & Principe, Djibouti, Somalia, Seychelles, Eritrea.

After the draw on Friday, CAF is expected to announce the dates for the qualifications

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