U23 AFCON Qualifiers: Ethiopia to face DR Congo in First Round

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s under-23 national team will play DR Congo in the first round qualifiers for the U23 Africa Cup of Nations 2023

African Football Confederation of African Football held the draw for the U23 AfCON qualifiers on Thursday.



The qualifiers involve three knockout rounds and see 38 teams battling for seven spots to join Morocco, the host nation of the tournament, in the finals.

According to CAF, 20 least ranked teams will partake in the first round while the remaining 18 are exempted.

The Ethiopian U23 national team will start their qualifying campaign for the finals in Morocco in the first round.

Thursday’s draw saw Ethiopia paired with DR Congo and they will play double-legged matches to progress to the next rounds.

The aggregate winner of the two will face Algeria in the second round.



Today’s draw for the qualifiers of U23 AFCON 2023 also revealed some thrilling encounters.

Below are the full results:

First Round

M. 1 & 2: Guinea-Bissau vs Niger

M. 3 & 4: Tanzania vs South Sudan

M. 5 & 6: Eswatini vs Botswana

M. 7 & 8: Mauritania vs Togo

M. 9 & 10: Ethiopia vs DR Congo

M. 11 & 12: Mozambique vs Mauritius

M. 13 & 14: Burkina Faso vs the Gambia

M. 15 & 16: Libya vs Rwanda

M. 17 & 18: Madagascar vs Seychelles

M. 19 & 20: Angola vs Namibia



Second Round

M. 21 & 22: Winner 1 & 2 / Côte d’Ivoire

M. 23 & 24: Sudan vs Benin

M. 25 & 26: Winner 3 & 4 vs Nigeria

M. 27 & 28: Guinea vs Uganda

M. 29 & 30: Winner 5 & 6 vs Egypt

M. 31 & 32: Sierra Leone vs Zambia

M. 33 & 34: Winner 7 & 8 vs South Africa

M. 35 & 36: Congo vs Tunisia

M. 37 & 38: Winner 9 & 10 vs Algeria

M. 39 & 40: Winner 11 & 12 vs Ghana

M. 41 & 42: Winner 13 & 14 vs Senegal

M. 43 & 44: Winner 15 & 16 vs Mali

M. 45 & 46: Winner 17 & 18 vs Gabon

M. 47 & 48: Winner 19 & 20 vs Cameroon

Third Round

M. 49 & 50: Winner 21/22 vs winner 23/24

M. 51 & 52: Winner 25/26 vs winner 27/28

M. 53 & 54: Winner 29/30 vs winner 31/32

M. 55 & 56: Winner 33/34 vs winner 35/36

M. 57 & 58: Winner 37/38 vs winner 39/40

M. 59 & 60: Winner 41/42 vs winner 43/44

M. 61 & 62: Winner 45/46 vs winner 47/48

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