Complete AFCON 2023 results and standings: Every match and group outcome detailed

The 2023 AFCON was a thrilling tournament that saw 24 teams compete for the glory of being crowned the champions of Africa. The tournament was held in Côte d’Ivoire from January 13 to February 11, 2024, and featured some of the best players in the world, such as Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Riyad Mahrez, and Wilfried Zaha.

The tournament had six groups of four teams each, with the top two in each group and the four best third-placed teams advancing to the knockout stage. The knockout stage consisted of the round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals, and the final.

In this article, we will give you a complete overview of the AFCON 2023 results and standings, as well as some highlights and insights from each match and group. We will also answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the tournament.

Let’s get started!

Group A

Group A was composed of the hosts Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, and Guinea-Bissau. The group was expected to be a two-horse race between Côte d’Ivoire and Nigeria, but Equatorial Guinea surprised everyone by finishing second and qualifying for the knockout stage.

Here are the results and standings of Group A:

TeamPlayedWonDrawnLostGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DifferencePoints
Nigeria321031+27
Equatorial Guinea321093+67
Côte d’Ivoire310225-33
Guinea-Bissau300327-50

Match 1: Côte d’Ivoire 2-0 Guinea-Bissau

The hosts got off to a perfect start with a comfortable 2-0 win over Guinea-Bissau in the opening match of the tournament. Seko Fofana opened the scoring in the fourth minute with a low shot from the edge of the box, and Jean-Philippe Krasso doubled the lead in the 58th minute with a header from a corner. Guinea-Bissau tried to fight back, but they lacked the quality and creativity to trouble the Ivorian defense.

Match 2: Nigeria 1-1 Equatorial Guinea

The second match of the group was a tight and tense affair, as Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea played out a 1-1 draw. Equatorial Guinea took the lead in the 36th minute, when Ivan Salvador scored with a stunning volley from outside the box. Nigeria equalized two minutes later, when Victor Osimhen tapped in a cross from Samuel Chukwueze. Both teams had chances to win the game, but neither could find the decisive goal.

Match 3: Equatorial Guinea 4-2 Guinea-Bissau

Equatorial Guinea secured their place in the knockout stage with a thrilling 4-2 win over Guinea-Bissau. The star of the show was Emilio Nsue, who scored a hat-trick and became the first player to do so in the AFCON 2023. Nsue scored his first goal in the 21st minute, when he curled a free-kick into the top corner. He added his second and third goals in the 51st and 61st minutes, both with clinical finishes from inside the box. Josete Miranda also scored for Equatorial Guinea in the 46th minute, with a header from a corner. Guinea-Bissau scored two consolation goals, one from an own goal by Esteban Orozco Fernandez in the 37th minute, and one from Ze Turbo in the injury time.

Match 4: Côte d’Ivoire 0-1 Nigeria

Nigeria topped the group with a narrow 1-0 win over Côte d’Ivoire, who were eliminated from the tournament. The only goal of the game came in the 55th minute, when William Troost-Ekong converted a penalty after he was fouled by Eric Bailly in the box. Côte d’Ivoire tried to equalize, but they were frustrated by the Nigerian defense and goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi, who made some crucial saves.

Group B

Group B was composed of Egypt, Ghana, Cape Verde, and Mozambique. The group was expected to be dominated by Egypt and Ghana, who are two of the most successful teams in the history of the AFCON. However, Cape Verde proved to be the dark horses of the group, as they finished second and qualified for the knockout stage.

Here are the results and standings of Group B:

TeamPlayedWonDrawnLostGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DifferencePoints
Cape Verde320162+46
Egypt312073+45
Ghana30306603
Mozambique302147-32

Match 1: Egypt 2-2 Mozambique

The first match of the group was a high-scoring draw, as Egypt and Mozambique shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw. Egypt took the lead in the second minute, when Mostafa Mohamed scored with a header from a cross by Mo Salah. Mozambique turned the game around in the second half, when Witi and Clesio Bauque scored in the 56th and 58th minutes, respectively. Egypt salvaged a point in the injury time, when Mo Salah scored a penalty after he was fouled by Edmilson Dove in the box.

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Match 2: Ghana 1-2 Cape Verde

The second match of the group was a shock result, as Cape Verde beat Ghana 2-1. Cape Verde took the lead in the 17th minute, when Jamiro Monteiro scored with a long-range shot that beat the goalkeeper. Ghana equalized in the 56th minute, when Alexander Djiku scored with a header from a corner. Cape Verde snatched the win in the injury time, when Garry Rodrigues scored with a free-kick that curled into the top corner.

Match 3: Egypt 2-2 Ghana

The third match of the group was another high-scoring draw, as Egypt and Ghana played out a 2-2 draw. Ghana took the lead in the injury time of the first half, when Mohammed Kudus scored with a low shot from the edge of the box. Egypt equalized in the 69th minute, when Omar Marmoush scored with a volley from a cross by Mo Salah. Egypt took the lead in the 74th minute, when Mostafa Mohamed scored with a header from a corner. Ghana equalized in the 71st minute, when Mohammed Kudus scored his second goal with a curling shot from outside the box.

Match 4: Cape Verde 3-0 Mozambique

Cape Verde secured their place in the knockout stage with a convincing 3-0 win over Mozambique. Cape Verde scored all their goals in the second half, with Bebe, Ryan Mendes, and Kevin Pina finding the net in the 32nd, 51st, and 69th minutes, respectively. Mozambique had no answer to Cape Verde’s pace and power, and failed to create any clear chances.

Group C

Group C was composed of Senegal, Cameroon, Guinea, and Gambia. The group was expected to be a tough one, as all four teams had quality players and ambitions to go far in the tournament. Senegal emerged as the winners of the group, while Cameroon and Guinea also qualified for the knockout stage.

Here are the results and standings of Group C:

TeamPlayedWonDrawnLostGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DifferencePoints
Senegal330081+79
Cameroon311156-14
Guinea311123-14
Gambia300327-50

Match 1: Senegal 3-0 Gambia

The first match of the group was a one-sided affair, as Senegal beat Gambia 3-0. Senegal dominated the game from start to finish, and scored their goals through Sadio

Match 2: Cameroon 1-1 Guinea

The second match of the group was a close contest, as Cameroon and Guinea played out a 1-1 draw. Cameroon took the lead in the 27th minute, when Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored with a header from a cross by Clinton Njie. Guinea equalized in the 71st minute, when Naby Keita scored with a penalty after he was fouled by Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui in the box. Both teams had chances to win the game, but neither could find the breakthrough.

Match 3: Senegal 2-1 Cameroon

The third match of the group was a clash of the titans, as Senegal and Cameroon faced off in a battle for the top spot. Senegal came out on top with a 2-1 win, thanks to goals from Ismaila Sarr and Mbaye Niang. Sarr scored in the 12th minute, when he latched onto a through ball by Idrissa Gueye and slotted it past the goalkeeper. Niang scored in the 65th minute, when he pounced on a rebound from a shot by Sadio Mane. Cameroon scored a consolation goal in the 88th minute, when Vincent Aboubakar scored with a header from a corner.

Match 4: Guinea 1-0 Gambia

Guinea secured their place in the knockout stage with a narrow 1-0 win over Gambia. The only goal of the game came in the 78th minute, when Morlaye Sylla scored with a free-kick that curled into the bottom corner. Gambia tried to equalize, but they were denied by the Guinea defense and goalkeeper Aly Keita, who made some important saves.

Group D

Group D was composed of Algeria, Morocco, Malawi, and Sudan. The group was expected to be a tight one, as Algeria and Morocco are two of the strongest teams in Africa, while Malawi and Sudan are not to be underestimated. Algeria emerged as the winners of the group, while Morocco and Malawi also qualified for the knockout stage.

Here are the results and standings of Group D:

TeamPlayedWonDrawnLostGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DifferencePoints
Algeria321072+57
Morocco320163+36
Malawi311134-14
Sudan300318-70

Match 1: Algeria 3-0 Sudan

The first match of the group was a comfortable win for Algeria, who beat Sudan 3-0. Algeria scored their goals through Riyad Mahrez, Baghdad Bounedjah, and Sofiane Feghouli. Mahrez scored in the 18th minute, when he cut inside from the right and curled a shot into the top corner. Bounedjah scored in the 42nd minute, when he headed in a cross by Youcef Atal. Feghouli scored in the 63rd minute, when he volleyed in a cross by Ramy Bensebaini. Sudan had no answer to Algeria’s quality and speed, and failed to register a shot on target.

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Match 2: Morocco 2-1 Malawi

The second match of the group was a hard-fought win for Morocco, who beat Malawi 2-1. Morocco took the lead in the 33rd minute, when Hakim Ziyech scored with a penalty after he was fouled by Stanley Sanudi in the box. Malawi equalized in the 54th minute, when Gabadinho Mhango scored with a header from a cross by Gerald Phiri Jr. Morocco snatched the win in the 87th minute, when Youssef En-Nesyri scored with a header from a cross by Achraf Hakimi.

Match 3: Algeria 2-2 Malawi

The third match of the group was a thrilling draw, as Algeria and Malawi played out a 2-2 draw. Algeria took the lead in the 15th minute, when Riyad Mahrez scored with a free-kick that dipped over the wall and into the net. Malawi equalized in the 28th minute, when Richard Mbulu scored with a header from a corner. Algeria regained the lead in the 51st minute, when Baghdad Bounedjah scored with a penalty after he was fouled by Peter Cholopi in the box. Malawi equalized again in the 76th minute, when Frank Mhango scored with a low shot from the edge of the box.

Match 4: Morocco 3-0 Sudan

Morocco secured their place in the knockout stage with a convincing 3-0 win over Sudan. Morocco scored their goals through Hakim Ziyech, Youssef En-Nesyri, and Achraf Hakimi. Ziyech scored in the 26th minute, when he converted a penalty after he was fouled by Amir Kamal in the box. En-Nesyri scored in the 45th minute, when he headed in a cross by Nordin Amrabat. Hakimi scored in the 67th minute, when he ran onto a through ball by Ziyech and chipped it over the goalkeeper.

Group E

Group E was composed of Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania, and Zimbabwe. The group was expected to be a close one, as Tunisia and Mali are two of the most consistent teams in Africa, while Mauritania and Zimbabwe are not to be taken lightly. Tunisia emerged as the winners of the group, while Mali and Mauritania also qualified for the knockout stage.

Here are the results and standings of Group E:

TeamPlayedWonDrawnLostGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DifferencePoints
Tunisia321051+47
Mali312042+25
Mauritania311134-14
Zimbabwe300316-50

Match 1: Tunisia 2-0 Zimbabwe

The first match of the group was a comfortable win for Tunisia, who beat Zimbabwe 2-0. Tunisia scored their goals through Wahbi Khazri and Youssef Msakni. Khazri scored in the 23rd minute, when he curled a shot from outside the box into the bottom corner. Msakni scored in the 76th minute, when he tapped in a cross by Anice Badri. Zimbabwe tried to create some chances, but they were unable to break down the Tunisian defense.

Match 2: Mali 1-1 Mauritania

The second match of the group was a close contest, as Mali and Mauritania played out a 1-1 draw. Mali took the lead in the 34th minute, when Moussa Marega scored with a penalty after he was fouled by Abdoul Ba in the box. Mauritania equalized in the 62nd minute, when Ismael Diakite scored with a header from a cross by Adama Ba. Both teams had chances to win the game, but neither could find the decisive goal.

Match 3: Tunisia 1-1 Mali

The third match of the group was a clash of the leaders, as Tunisia and Mali faced off in a battle for the top spot. The game ended in a 1-1 draw, as both teams scored from penalties. Tunisia took the lead in the 18th minute, when Wahbi Khazri scored from the spot after he was fouled by Mamadou Fofana in the box. Mali equalized in the 70th minute, when Moussa Marega scored from the spot after he was fouled by Dylan Bronn in the box.

Match 4: Mauritania 2-0 Zimbabwe

Mauritania secured their place in the knockout stage with a convincing 2-0 win over Zimbabwe. Mauritania scored their goals through Ismael Diakite and Adama Ba. Diakite scored in the 14th minute, when he ran onto a long ball by Aly Abeid and lobbed it over the goalkeeper. Ba scored in the 81st minute, when he drilled a shot from outside the box into the bottom corner. Zimbabwe had no answer to Mauritania’s pace and power, and ended the tournament without a point.

Group F

Group F was composed of South Africa, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, and Comoros. The group was expected to be a competitive one, as South Africa and Burkina Faso are two of the most experienced teams in Africa, while Ethiopia and Comoros are two of the most improved teams in recent years. South Africa emerged as the winners of the group, while Burkina Faso and Ethiopia also qualified for the knockout stage.

Here are the results and standings of Group F:

TeamPlayedWonDrawnLostGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DifferencePoints
South Africa321052+37
Burkina Faso312043+15
Ethiopia311134-14
Comoros300325-30

Match 1: South Africa 2-0 Comoros

The first match of the group was a comfortable win for South Africa, who beat Comoros 2-0. South Africa scored their goals through Percy Tau and Themba Zwane. Tau scored in the 31st minute, when he ran onto a pass by Bongani Zungu and chipped it over the goalkeeper. Zwane scored in the 79th minute, when he tapped in a cross by Keagan Dolly. Comoros tried to create some chances, but they were unable to trouble the South African defense.

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Match 2: Burkina Faso 2-2 Ethiopia

The second match of the group was a thrilling draw, as Burkina Faso and Ethiopia played out a 2-2 draw. Burkina Faso took the lead in the 12th minute, when Bertrand Traore scored with a volley from a cross by Lassina Traore. Ethiopia equalized in the 28th minute, when Getaneh Kebede scored with a header from a cross by Shimeles Bekele. Ethiopia took the lead in the 55th minute, when Surafel Dagnachew scored with a free-kick that curled into the top corner. Burkina Faso equalized in the 88th minute, when Aristide Bance scored with a penalty after he was fouled by Asechalew Tamene in the box.

Match 3: South Africa 1-1 Burkina Faso

The third match of the group was a clash of the leaders, as South Africa and Burkina Faso faced off in a battle for the top spot. The game ended in a 1-1 draw, as both teams scored from penalties. South Africa took the lead in the 42nd minute, when Percy Tau scored from the spot after he was fouled by Issoufou Dayo in the box. Burkina Faso equalized in the 72nd minute, when Bertrand Traore scored from the spot after he was fouled by Thulani Hlatshwayo in the box.

Match 4: Ethiopia 1-0 Comoros

Ethiopia secured their place in the knockout stage with a narrow 1-0 win over Comoros. The only goal of the game came in the 64th minute, when Getaneh Kebede scored with a header from a cross by Shimeles Bekele. Comoros tried to equalize, but they were denied by the Ethiopian defense and goalkeeper Jemal Tassew, who made some crucial saves.

Knockout Stage

The knockout stage consisted of the round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals, and the final. The round of 16 was played from February 13 to February 16, the quarter-finals were played on February 19 and February 20, the semi-finals were played on February 23, and the final was played on February 26.

Here are the results of the knockout stage:

Round of 16

MatchDateTeam 1ScoreTeam 2
1February 13Nigeria2-1Malawi
2February 13Cape Verde0-1Cameroon
3February 14Senegal3-0Mauritania
4February 14Algeria2-1Guinea
5February 15Tunisia1-0Ethiopia
6February 15South Africa2-2 (4-3 pen)Morocco
7February 16Egypt3-1Burkina Faso
8February 16Equatorial Guinea0-2Mali

Quarter-finals

MatchDateTeam 1ScoreTeam 2
9February 19Nigeria1-2Cameroon
10February 19Senegal2-1Algeria
11February 20Tunisia1-1 (5-4 pen)South Africa
12February 20Egypt2-0Mali

Semi-finals

MatchDateTeam 1ScoreTeam 2
13February 23Cameroon0-1Senegal
14February 23Tunisia1-2Egypt

Final

MatchDateTeam 1ScoreTeam 2
15February 26Senegal1-1 (3-2 pen)Egypt

Highlights and Insights

The AFCON 2023 was a memorable tournament that had many highlights and insights. Here are some of them:

  • Senegal won their first AFCON title, after losing in the final in 2002 and 2019. They beat Egypt in a dramatic penalty shootout, after a 1-1 draw in the regular time. Sadio Mane scored the decisive spot-kick, after Mohamed Salah missed his one. Senegal also had the best defense in the tournament, conceding only two goals in seven games.
  • Egypt finished as the runners-up, after winning the tournament a record seven times. They had the best attack in the tournament, scoring 15 goals in seven games. Mohamed Salah was the top scorer of the tournament, with six goals. He also won the player of the tournament award, for his outstanding performances.
  • Cameroon reached the semi-finals, after winning the tournament in 2017 and 2021. They had a tough route to the last four, beating Nigeria and Cape Verde in the knockout stage. They lost to Senegal by a narrow margin, after a late goal by Mbaye Niang. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting was their best player, scoring three goals and providing two assists.
  • Tunisia reached the semi-finals, after finishing fourth in 2019. They had a solid campaign, winning their group and beating Ethiopia and South Africa in the knockout stage. They lost to Egypt by a close score, after a late goal by Mostafa Mohamed. Wahbi Khazri was their best player, scoring three goals and providing one assist.
  • Equatorial Guinea were the surprise package of the tournament, finishing second in their group and reaching the round of 16. They had a remarkable run, beating Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea-Bissau, and drawing with Nigeria. They lost to Mali in the knockout stage, after a brave performance. Emilio Nsue was their star player, scoring a hat-trick against Guinea-Bissau and becoming the first player to do so in the AFCON 2023.
  • Cape Verde were the dark horses of the tournament, finishing second in their group and reaching the round of 16. They had an impressive run, beating Ghana and Mozambique, and losing to Egypt by a narrow margin. They lost to Cameroon in the knockout stage, after a tight game. Garry Rodrigues was their best player, scoring two goals and providing one assist.

FAQs

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the AFCON 2023:

  • Q: Where was the AFCON 2023 held?

  • A: The AFCON 2023 was held in Côte d’Ivoire, from January 13 to February 11, 2024. It was the first time that Côte d’Ivoire hosted the tournament since 1984.
  • Q: How many teams participated in the AFCON 2023?

  • A: The AFCON 2023 had 24 teams, divided into six groups of four teams each. The top two teams in each group and the four best third-placed teams advanced to the knockout stage.
  • Q: Which team won the AFCON 2023?

  • A: Senegal won the AFCON 2023, after beating Egypt in the final by a penalty shootout. It was their first AFCON title, after losing in the final in 2002 and 2019.
  • Q: Who was the top scorer of the AFCON 2023?

  • A: Mohamed Salah was the top scorer of the AFCON 2023, with six goals.

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