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Which teams have been eliminated from AFCON 2023? Full list of nations knocked out of Africa Cup of Nations

As we enter the business end of the Africa Cup of Nations, it’s not hard to spot the theme of the tournament.

Heavyweight contenders being dumped out early, with others staying in the competition by the skin of their teeth.

Hosts Ivory Coast are just about still in situ, having knocked out holders Senegal in the last 16 on penalties. Egypt suffered the same fate against DR Congo.

Nigeria are many people’s tip to march all the way to glory in Abidjan on February 11, but it’s also been a tournament to celebrate upset successes, with Cape Verde into the quarterfinals for the first time their history.

Here’s a rundown of the teams knocked out of AFCON 2023 so far and information on when the final stages will take place.

MORE: AFCON 2023 fixtures, results, schedule, bracket, group tables for Africa Cup of Nations in 2024

Teams out of the African Cup of Nations: Full list of teams eliminated at AFCON 2023

The 24-team format meant an initial round-robin phase of six groups of four. The top two in each section qualified automatically, with the best four third-place teams making up the last 16.

From that point on, the tournament is a straight knockout competition, with 30 minutes of extra time and a penalty shootout if necessary after any game that is level at full-time.

Here are the teams to have been knocked out of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations so far.

Team Stage Eliminated Group Result
Guinea-Bissau Group stage Group A 4th place
Ghana Group stage Group B 3rd place
Mozambique Group stage Group B 4th place
Gambia Group stage Group C 4th place
Algeria Group stage Group D 4th place
Tunisia Group stage Group E 4th place
Zambia Group stage Group F 3rd place
Tanzania Group stage Group F 4th place
Cameroon Round of 16   Lost 2-0 to Nigeria
Namibia Round of 16   Lost 3-0 to Angola
Mauritania Round of 16   Lost 1-0 to Cape Verde
Senegal Round of 16   Drew 1-1 with Ivory Coast, lost 5-4 on pens.
Egypt Round of 16    Drew 1-1 with DR Congo, lost 8-7 on pens.
Equatorial Guinea Round of 16   Lost 1-0 to Guinea

AFCON knockout stage schedule, fixtures and results

Round of 16

Date Time (ET) Match result
January 27 12 p.m. Angola 3-0 Namibia
January 27 3 p.m. Nigeria 2-0 Cameroon
January 28 12 p.m. Equatorial Guinea 0-1 Guinea
January 28 3 p.m. Egypt 1-1 (7-8 p) DR Congo
January 29 12 p.m. Cape Verde 1-0 Mauritania
January 29 3 p.m. Senegal 1-1 (4-5 p) Ivory Coast
January 30 12 p.m. Mali vs. Burkina Faso
January 30 3 p.m. Morocco vs. South Africa 


Date Time (ET) Match
February 2 12 p.m. Nigeria vs. Angola
February 2 3 p.m. Guinea vs. DR Congo
February 3 12 p.m. Round of 16 winner 5 vs. Ivory Coast
February 3 3 p.m. Cape Verde vs. Round of 16 winner 8

Semifinals and third-place playoff

The semifinals will both take place on February 7.

The third-place playoff, between the two losing semifinalists, will be held on February 10.


The tournament concludes with the final in Abidjan on February 11.

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