Picture : Victor Osimhen scored again twice !

12 out of 24 places for 2023 AFCON already won as of day 5 of 6 of qualifiers.

Victor Osimhen scored a brace in Nigeria’s 2/3 defeat of Sierra Leone in Monrovia, Liberia Sunday to land the three-time Africa champions a visa for next year’s finals of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, Ivory Coast 2023. The defeat of  already eliminated Sao Tome by visiting Guinea Bissau 0/1 means Nigeria and Guinea Bissau qualify from group A of the qualifiers.

In all, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Mali, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia, Zambia join Morocco and hosts, Ivory Coast make the qualified teams. On the flip side of the coin,  Botswana, Comoros, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Sao Tome & Principe and South Sudan are already eliminated well ahead of the sixth and final day of qualifiers in September.

Here are the results of Day 5 action by groups:

Group A: Sao Tome & Principe 1 0 Guinea Bissau ;  Sierra Leone 2 3 Nigeria.                                                          

Group B: Cape Verde 3 1 Burkina Faso; Eswatini 0 2 Togo.                                                                                             

Group C: Burundi vs Namibia scheduled for Tuesday.                                                                                                                                   

Group D: Guinea 1 2 Egypt; Ethiopia vs Malawi scheduled for Tuesday.                                                                                                                   

Group E: Central African Republic 1 2 Angola; Madagascar 0 0 Ghana.                                                          

Group F: Uganda 1 2 Algeria; Tanzania 1 0 Niger.                                                                                                            

Group G: South Sudan 2 3 Gambia; Mali 2 0 Congo.                                                                                                

Group H:  Zambia 3 0 Ivory Coast; Lesotho 0 1 Comoros.                                                                                              

Group I:  Gabon 0 2 DR Congo; Sudan vs Mauritania scheduled on Monday.                                                                                                       

Group J:  Botswana 1 0 Libya; Equatorial Guinea1 0 Tunisia.                                                                                  

Group K: South Africa 2 1 Morocco.                                                                                                                        

Group L:  Benin 1 1 Senegal; Rwanda 0 2 Mozambique.