Which teams have been eliminated from AFCON 2023? Full list and FIFA rankings of nations knocked out of Africa Cup of Nations

As we enter the business end of the Africa Cup of Nations, it’s not hard to spot the theme of the tournament.

Heavyweight contenders being dumped out early, with others staying in the competition by the skin of their teeth.

Hosts Ivory Coast are just about still in situ, having knocked out holders Senegal in the last 16 on penalties. Egypt suffered the same fate against DR Congo.

Nigeria are many people’s tip to march all the way to glory in Abidjan on February 11, but it’s also been a tournament to celebrate upset successes, with Cape Verde into the quarterfinals for the first time their history.

By the time South Africa downed Morocco 2-0 in the final game of the first knockout stage, the top five sides in the FIFA rankings had all been sent packing. By contrast, 117th in the world Angola romped into a last-eight clash with Nigeria.

Here’s a rundown of the teams knocked out of AFCON 2023 so far and information on when the final stages will take place.

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Teams out of the African Cup of Nations: Full list of teams eliminated at AFCON 2023

The 24-team format meant an initial round-robin phase of six groups of four. The top two in each section qualified automatically, with the best four third-place teams making up the last 16.

From that point on, the tournament is a straight knockout competition, with 30 minutes of extra time and a penalty shootout if necessary after any game that is level at full-time.

Here are the teams to have been knocked out of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations so far.

Team Stage Eliminated Result FIFA Ranking
Guinea-Bissau Group A 4th place 103rd
Ghana Group B 3rd place 61st
Mozambique Group B 4th place 111th
Gambia Group C 4th place 126th
Algeria Group D 4th place 30th
Tunisia Group E 4th place 28th
Zambia Group F 3rd place 84th
Tanzania Group F 4th place 121st
Cameroon Round of 16 Lost 2-0 to Nigeria 46th
Namibia Round of 16 Lost 3-0 to Angola 115th
Mauritania Round of 16 Lost 1-0 to Cape Verde 105th
Senegal Round of 16 Drew 1-1 with Ivory Coast, lost 5-4 on pens. 20th
Egypt Round of 16  Drew 1-1 with DR Congo, lost 8-7 on pens. 33rd
Equatorial Guinea Round of 16 Lost 1-0 to Guinea 88th
Burkina Faso Round of 16 Lost 2-1 to Mali 57th
Morocco Round of 16 Lost 2-0 to South Africa 13th

AFCON knockout stage schedule, fixtures and results

Round of 16

Date Time (ET) Match result
January 27 12 p.m. Angola 3-0 Namibia
January 27 3 p.m. Nigeria 2-0 Cameroon
January 28 12 p.m. Equatorial Guinea 0-1 Guinea
January 28 3 p.m. Egypt 1-1 (7-8 p) DR Congo
January 29 12 p.m. Cape Verde 1-0 Mauritania
January 29 3 p.m. Senegal 1-1 (4-5 p) Ivory Coast
January 30 12 p.m. Mali 2-1 Burkina Faso
January 30 3 p.m. South Africa 2-0 Morocco 


Date Time (ET) Match
February 2 12 p.m. Nigeria 1-0 Angola
February 2 3 p.m. DR Congo 3-1 Guniea
February 3 12 p.m. Ivory Coast 2-1 (AET) Mali 
February 3 3 p.m. Cape Verde vs. South Africa


Date Time (ET) Match
February 7 12 p.m. Nigeria vs. TBD
February 7 3 p.m. Ivory Coast vs. DR Congo

Third-place playoff

The third-place playoff, between the two losing semifinalists, will be held on February 10.


The tournament concludes with the final in Abidjan on February 11.


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