By OJEIKERE AIKHOJE
With the leagues on break in most parts of Europe, Africa is now where the action is as qualifiers for the 2023 Total Energies Africa Cup of Nations take centrestage with 48 countries in the race to Ivory Coast 2023.
Angola was the starting point and it was a good beginning as they claimed a 2-1 win over Central African Republic, on Wednesday, June 1.
On the same day, Ghana thrashed Madagascar 3-0 and Libya claimed a 1-0 win over Botswana.
Cote d’Ivoire, hosts for the finals started well under new coach Jean Louis Gasset with a 3-1 win over Zambia.
Champions, Senegal, took off with a 3-1 win over Benin Republic on Saturday, June 4.
It will be the turn of Nigeria’s Super Eagles, on Thursday, June 9, under new coach, Jose Paseiro with Sierra-Leone, as opponents.
After two matches in June, action in the continent will resume in September.
The top two winners in most of the groups will qualify for the tournament in Cote d’Ivoire next year.
The Confederation of African Football is a non-governmental international organization and the governing body of football in Africa. It currently organizes 11 championships, including the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and the African Nations Championship (CHAN).
Based in Cairo, Egypt, CAF was founded in 1957 and has 54 member associations.
Today, it is a 24-team tournament.
About Total in Africa
With an established presence going back more than 80 years and a position as Africa’s No. 1 oil major, Total is supporting the continent’s sustainable energy transition. Active across the energy development and marketing chain, it employs 10,000 people in 44 countries. Africa accounts for 30% of Total’s oil and gas production.
The Group serves some 2 million customers each day at its 4,200 service stations and is also active in solar energy through its affiliate SunPower, whose assets include two power plants in South Africa. Total also deploys innovative solutions in Africa, such as Awango by Total solar lamps (6 million people have benefited from the program to date) for access to energy and money transfer services and mobile payment in the area of digital technology.
It also deploys corporate philanthropy initiatives and community outreach programs to support local economic growth, employment, public health and access to education on the continent.