Somalia-Eswatini duel headlines Africa Cup of Nations preliminaries


Somalia is gearing up for an intense battle on the football pitch as they prepare to face off against Eswatini in the preliminary stage of the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations Morocco 2025 qualifiers. The draw, which took place at the CAF Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, has set the stage for an exhilarating showdown between the two nations.

With 52 nations in the running for the coveted title, the journey to the Africa Cup of Nations promises to be fiercely competitive. In the preliminary stage, eight of the lowest-ranked nations, determined by the FIFA Rankings, will engage in a home-and-away knockout format. The victorious four will then advance to join the remaining 44 nations in the group stages of the qualifiers.

Somalia, ranked among the contenders in this stage, will kick off proceedings by hosting Eswatini before traveling for the return leg on their opponent’s home turf. As anticipation mounts for the clash, football enthusiasts eagerly await the spectacle set to unfold during the FIFA International Break between 20th and 26th March 2024.

Meanwhile, CAF is poised to announce the official draw for the group stages following the conclusion of the preliminary rounds, further intensifying the excitement surrounding the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations Morocco 2025. As the countdown to kickoff begins, all eyes are on Somalia and Eswatini as they embark on their quest for glory in African football’s most prestigious tournament.

TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations Morocco 2025 Preliminary Draw Results: 

M1 & 2 | Somalia vs Eswatini

M3 & 4 | Sao Tome vs South Sudan

M5 & 6 | Chad vs Mauritius

M7 & 8 | Djibouti vs Liberia

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