Uganda Cranes to Face South Africa, Congo Brazzaville, and South Sudan in AFCON 2025 Qualifiers


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The Uganda Cranes National Football team has been drawn in Group K for the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Qualifiers in Morocco against South Africa, Congo Brazzaville, and neighboring South Sudan.

The draw event was conducted by Ivory Coast Head Coach Emerse Faé and former Morocco international Marouane Chamakh on Thursday, June 4, 2024, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Paul Put, the head coach of the Uganda Cranes, responded to TotalEnergies AFCON 2025 Qualifiers draws, stating that it is a playable and fair group.

“I think it’s a fair group, and I think it’s playable, but we may not think it will be too easy or underestimate any team because in Africa there is no small team anymore. So, we have to be focused on these games in the group, but we have to believe that we can make it,” Coach Put said.

In addition, he exhorted the players to concentrate, believe, put in a lot of effort, and be prepared for the first games in September because it won’t be simple to be chosen for the 23 or 25 spots.

Prior to the draws, Uganda was placed in Pot 2 and thus had to face a team from the rest of Pots 1, 3, and 4.

South Africa was seeded in Pot 1, while Congo and South Sudan were in Pots 3 and 4, respectively.

Uganda has not been to the Africa Cup of Nations for the last two editions, and the ultimate target will be to return to the coveted championship next year before co-hosting the 2027 AFCON edition with Tanzania and Kenya.

The qualification games will be played in September, October, and November 2024. Only the top two teams, besides the group with hosts Morocco, qualify for the final tournament.

Full Draws for the Qualifications

Group A              Group B                      Group C               Group D

Tunisia               Morocco                       Egypt                   Nigeria

Madagascar         Gabon                         Cape Verde           Benin

Comoros             Central African Republic    Mauritania            Libya

The Gambia         Lesotho                        Botswana             Rwanda

Group E              Group F                       Group G                Group H

Algeria                Ghana                         Ivory coast            DR Congo

Equatorial Guinea    Angola                        Zambia                 Guinea

Togo                    Sudan                        Sierra Leone           Tanzania

Liberia                 Niger                         Chad                    Ethiopia


Group I             Group J             Group K              Group L

Mali                  Cameroon           South Africa        Senegal

Mozambique        Namibia             Uganda              Burkina Faso

Guinea Bissau       Kenya               Congo                Malawi

Eswatini              Zimbabwe          South Sudan        Burundi

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