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Global Excitement Builds as AFCON 2023 Kicks Off: Complete Guide to Fixtures and Where to Watch Across the Globe

by KINGSLEY OYEMA

The highly anticipated Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023 has finally arrived, with football enthusiasts worldwide eagerly awaiting the clash of some of the best teams on the continent. The tournament is set to run from Saturday, January 13, to February 11, promising a month of thrilling matches and intense competition.

As tradition dictates, Ivory Coast, the hosts of AFCON 2023, will kick off the tournament against Guinea-Bissau at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium on Saturday at 9 p.m., following the customary opening ceremony.

Following the tournament opener, other group-stage games will commence on Sunday, January 14, with the Super Eagles of Nigeria facing Equatorial Guinea at 3 p.m. in a match expected to draw significant attention.

AFCON 2023 is packed with exciting group-stage fixtures, including marquee matchups like Ivory Coast versus Nigeria in Group A, Egypt against Ghana in Group B, Senegal versus Cameroon in Group C, and Algeria versus Burkina in Group D. Other notable group-stage games include Tunisia against Mali in Group E and Zambia against Morocco in Group F.

Here is a comprehensive list of the Group Stage fixtures, kick-off times, and where to watch AFCON 2023:

Group A

  • Saturday, January 13: Ivory Coast vs Guinea-Bissau, 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 14: Nigeria vs Equatorial Guinea, 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 18: Equatorial Guinea vs Guinea-Bissau, 3 p.m.
  • Ivory Coast vs Nigeria, 6 p.m.
  • Monday, January 22: Equatorial Guinea vs Ivory Coast, 6 p.m.
  • Guinea-Bissau vs Nigeria, 6 p.m.

Group B

  • Sunday, January 14: Egypt vs Mozambique, 6 p.m.
  • Ghana vs Cape Verde, 9 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 18: Egypt vs Ghana, 9 p.m.
  • Friday, January 19: Cape Verde vs Mozambique, 3 p.m.
  • Monday, January 22: Cape Verde vs Egypt, 9 p.m.
  • Mozambique vs Ghana, 9 p.m

Group C

  • Monday, January 15: Senegal vs Gambia, 3 p.m.
  • Cameroon vs Guinea, 6 p.m.
  • Friday, January 19: Senegal vs Cameroon, 6 p.m.
  • Guinea vs Gambia, 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 23: Gambia vs Cameroon, 6 p.m.
  • Guinea vs Senegal, 6 p.m.

Group D

  • Monday, January 15: Algeria vs Angola, 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 16: Burkina Faso vs Mauritania, 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 20: Algeria vs Burkina Faso, 3 p.m.
  • Mauritania vs Angola, 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 23: Angola vs Burkina Faso, 9 p.m.
  • Mauritania vs Algeria, 9 p.m.

Group E

  • Tuesday, January 16: Tunisia vs Namibia, 6 p.m.
  • Mali vs South Africa, 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 20: Tunisia vs Mali, 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 21: South Africa vs Namibia, 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 24: Namibia vs Mali, 6 p.m.
  • South Africa vs Tunisia, 6 p.m.

Group F

  • Wednesday, January 17: Morocco vs Tanzania, 6 p.m.
  • DR Congo vs Zambia, 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 21: Morocco vs DR Congo, 3 p.m.
  • Zambia vs Tanzania, 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 24: Tanzania vs DR Congo, 9 p.m.
  • Zambia vs Morocco, 9 p.m.

Where to Watch AFCON 2023: Football enthusiasts can catch the action across the globe through various outlets. Here are the rights holders for different regions:

Algeria

  • Rights holders: ENTV

Andorra

  • Rights holders: LaLiga+

Austria

  • Rights holders: Sportdigital

Belgium

  • Rights holders: RTBF

Benin

  • Rights holders: ORTB

Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Rights holders: Sport Klub

Brazil

  • Rights holders: Band

Bulgaria

  • Rights holders: Max Sport

Burkina Faso

  • Right holders: RTB

Cameroon

  • Right holders: CRTV, Canal 2

Canada

  • Right holders: beIN Sports

Cape Verde

  • Right holders: RTC

Chad

  • Right holders: Télé Tchad

Croatia

  • Right holders: Sport Klub

Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Right holders: RTNC

Denmark

  • Right holders: Viaplay

Egypt

  • Right holders: beIN sports

Finland

  • Right holders: Viaplay

France

  • Right holders: beIN Sports

Gabon

  • Right holders: Gabon TV

Gambia

  • Right holders: GRTS

Germany

  • Right holders: Sportdigital

Ghana

  • Right holders: GBC

Guinea

  • Right holders: RTG

Guinea Bissau

  • Right holders: TGB

Iceland

  • Right holders: Viaplay

India

  • Right holders: FanCode

Ireland

  • Right holders: Sky Sports

Italia

  • Right holders: Sportitalia

Ivory Coast

  • Right holders: RTI, NCI

Kenya

  • Right holders: KBC

Liechtenstein

  • Right holders: Sportdigital

Luxembourg

  • Right holders: Sportdigital

Malawi

  • Right holders: MBC

Mali

  • Right holders: ORTM

MENA

  • Right holders: beIN Sports

Montenegro

  • Right holders: Sport Klub

Morocco

  • Right holders: SNRT

Mozambique

  • Right holders: TV Miramar

Namibia

  • Right holders: NBC

Netherlands

  • Right holders: Ziggo Sport

Niger

  • Right holders: Tele Sahel

Nigeria

  • Right holders: NTA, Startime, and DSTV

North Macedonia

  • Right holders: Sport Klub

Norway

  • Right holders: Viaplay

Poland

  • Right holders: MEGOGO

Portugal

  • Right holders: Sport TV

Russia

  • Right holders: Okko Sport

San Marino

  • Right holders: Sportitalia

Senegal

  • Right holders: RTS

Serbia

  • Right holders: Sport Klub

Slovenia

  • Right holders: Sport Klub

South Africa

  • Right holders: SABC Sport

Spain

  • Right holders: LaLiga+

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Right holders: New World TV, Canal+, StarTimes, SuperSport

Switzerland

  • Right holders: Sportdigital

Sweden

  • Right holders: Viaplay

Tanzania

  • Right holders: TBC, Azam TV

Togo

  • Right holders: TVT

Turkey

  • Right holders: TV8, S Sport

Ukraine

  • Right holders: MEGOGO

United Kingdom

  • Right holders: Sky Sports

United States

  • Right holders: beIN Sports

Zambia

  • Right holders: Diamond TV

Zimbabwe

  • Right holders: ZBC

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