Road to Cote d’Ivoire 2023 kicks off with Preliminary Draw conducted

Gv general view of the draw during the Africa Cup of Nations Ivory Coast 2023 preliminary round draw

The TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, Cote d'Ivoire 2023 Preliminary Round Draw was conducted on Friday, 21 January 2022 in Douala.

The draw marks the kickoff towards the 34th edition of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, Cote d’Ivoire 2023.

The former Indomitable Lions defender and captain Rigobert Song and Nigeria Super Eagles former star Emmanuel Amunike assisted CAF Director of Competitions Samson Adamo in the draw process, that included the 12 least ranked teams.

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

Following are the fixtures, with the first legs played at home of the lower ranked teams:

Eritrea v Botswana

Sao Tome and Principe v Mauritius

Djibouti v South Sudan

Seychelles v Lesotho

Somalia v Eswatini

Chad v Gambia