The draw for the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Algeria 2023 will be conducted today (Wednesday, 01 February 2023) in Algiers.
You can watch the draw live on CAF platforms from 12h00 local time (11h00 GMT, 13h00 Cairo Time).
The Qualified Teams are:
Hosts of the competition for the first time, Algeria will be making their second appearance in U17 AFCON as the Young Desert Foxes last featured in during the 2009 edition and finished runners-up.
Defending champions Cameroon picked their qualification, winning the central Africa zonal tournament earlier this year. Cameroon head for their eighth participation in the competition after winning two editions (2003, 2019)
They qualified as the other nation from UNAF. It will be a third appearance for Morocco who finished fourth in 2013 and were eliminated in the group stage of the last edition in Tanzania in 2019.
Mali qualified for their ninth competition from the WAFU A tournament. The 2015 and 2017 champions are making a comeback to the tournament after missing the 2019 edition. They defeated Senegal on post-match penalties to qualify from their region.
The young Teranga Lions secured qualification after a near perfect outing in the WAFU A tournament last October. It took penalty shoot-outs to separate them from two-time African champions Mali in the zonal final. They will make their third AFCON appearance in Algeria.
Double champions Golden Eaglets will make a tenth AFCON appearance in Algeria. They outclassed Cote d’Ivoire 3-1 in the semi-final of the zonal final to qualify from WAFU B alongside Burkina Faso.
The 2011 champions will make their seventh appearance in the biennial tournament during the edition of the tournament. They will return to the competition after being out for 12 years.
The young Red Devils finished runners-up to Cameroon in the zonal qualifiers, courtesy a win against Central Africa Republic. Congo are back in the competition for the first time since 2013 – back then they were bronze medalists.
Runners-up during their last appearance in 2015. They qualified after they finished runners-up to Zambia in the COSAFA tournament. South Africa are back in the competition for a fourth appearance which provides another opportunity to better their best result achieved eight years ago.
Zambia will make a second TotalEnergies U17 AFCON appearance in Algeria. The COSAFA champions’ only other appearance was in 2015 in Niger, and it ended in the group stages.
Somalia qualified for the tournament ahead of the Uganda Cubs after a penalty shoot-out victory in the semi-final of the zonal play-offs. They are one of two debutants in this year’s edition of the competition.
This will be South Sudan’s first appearance in the U17 continental event. They earned a place in the youth football frenzy after edging Tanzania in the other CECAFA under-17 semi-final. South Sudan is the other debutant in the tournament.