The road to Cote d’Ivoire TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations will gain momentum in June 2022 when the Group Stages commence.

The draw for the group stages was conducted on Tuesday, 19 April 2022 but the qualifiers will be more than 10 countries playing their home matches away from home due stadium ban by Confederation of African Football {CAF}.

More than 20 stadiums were banned last year by CAF from hosting international matches for not meeting the minimum requirements set by the African football governing body.

While affected countries like Eswatini, Sierra Leone, and Liberia have commenced renovation works on their stadium’s others are yet to begin preparation to put the facilities in good condition with less than two months to the qualifiers of the 2023 AFCON qualifiers.

With the ban in place, member countries without any approved venues will find neutral venues among countries like South Africa, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Cameroon with more than 5 approved venues to stage their home matches of AFCON 2023 qualifiers.

Below are countries set to play their home AFCON 2023 matches abroad:

  1. Liberia
  2. Namibia
  3. Sierra Leone
  4. Zimbabwe
  5. Niger
  6. Eswatini
  7. Lesotho
  8. The Gambia
  9. Burkina Faso
  10. Central Africa Republic
  11. South Sudan

Other countries like Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Rwanda whose stadiums were banned by CAF might be given one or two matches’ approval before looking for a neutral ground.