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AFCON Preview: Group D

AFCON Preview: Group D

Publish on 01/11 at 17:30 - P. MEEHAN


With the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations set to begin and dozens of Ligue 1 players selected to represent their countries in Côte d’Ivoire, we start previewing the groups in the tournament. Today’s feature focuses on Group D.


Les Fennecs face a pivotal moment in their journey at this AFCON, striving to rebuild from failing to qualify for the 2022 World Cup. The squad blends elements from their 2019 championship-winning team with emerging talents. Algeria will bring a big group of Ligue 1 players like Youcef Atal (OGC Nice), Kevin Van Den Kerkhof (FC Metz), Nabil Bentaleb (LOSC), Hicham Boudaoui (OGC Nice), Adam Ounas (LOSC), Amine Gouiri (Stade Rennais).


The Palancas Negras seems to be a country that still has yet to reach its full potential. Despite a stable period since the 2010s, supported by a thriving local league, and football-loving fans, Angola has gone backwards from its peak in the late 2000s. Ligue 1 player Jérémie Bela from Clermont Foot 63 will be an important player for his national team in the tournament.

Burkina Faso

Les Étalons come in as the dark horses of African football. Under the guidance of former Sudan coach Hubert Velud, the team has some very interesting talents in the squad. Mamady Bangré from Toulouse FC is the only Ligue 1 player in a team who will be looking for a third semifinal appearance in four tournaments.


The Lions of Chinguetti have secured their third consecutive AFCON appearance. The Mauritanian federation's investments in training centers and pitches highlight their commitment to progress. Amir Abdou, known for coaching Comoros to an impressive AFCON debut, now aims to take Mauritania past the group stage. Players like Babacar Niasse, Bakari Camara, Omaré Gassama, Oumar Ngom, and Pape Ibnou Ba contribute to the team's French connection, even though they play outside Ligue 1.

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