AFCON AFCON 2025 DRAW: Minnows Somalia handed Eswatini in preliminary draw

Lowly ranked Somalia have been drawn against Eswatini, while Sao Tome and Principe take on South Sudan in the preliminary round of Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers for next year’s tournament in Morocco.

The other two fixtures are between Chad and Mauritius while Djibouti play Liberia. Both Liberia and Mauritius have previously qualified for the Cup of Nations finals.

The winners of the four preliminary round ties advance to the group stage of the qualifiers, joining 44 other countries.

The 48 teams will be drawn into 12 groups of four with the top two in each group qualifying for the finals in Morocco.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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