AFCON 2023: Shock for the big names

23 Jan 2024

AFCON 2023 has been filled with shock for most of the big names in African football.

Hosts Ivory Coast are currently outside of the top two after a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Equatorial Guinea, as are the likes of Ghana, Cameroon, Algeria, Tunisia and Zambia.

Virtually all the teams have played at least twice, but only a handful have managed to qualify for the knockout stages so far.

There is still a long way to go, and lots of shock waiting on the cards.

The following teams have qualified for the AFCON last 16:

  • Cape Verde
  • Senegal
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Nigeria
  • Egypt

Some of the big names might be able to wiggle their way to the last 16, either ways; more shocks lay ahead even for fans.