Mabedi reacts to 2025 AFCON qualifiers draw

Flames coach Patrick Mabedi says strategic planning and preparation will be key to the team’s success in the 2025 AFRICA Cup of nations qualifiers.

Mabedi was reacting to the qualifiers’ draw held on Thursday which saw the Flames placed alongside Senegal, Burkina Faso and Burundi in group L.

The former Flames captain, though acknowledging the difficulty of the group, remains optimistic about his team’s chances finishing in the top two and booking a ticket to the finals in Morocco next year.

“We are in a tough group, there are good teams that have been to AFCON more often, Senegal and Burkina Faso. We need to work hard so that we can overcome them, but at the end of the day, it will be eleven versus eleven on the field.

“We need to plan and prepare  to counter the experience and skills of our opponents whose players mostly play at Europe.  It will be difficult but its not impossible,” he stressed.

The qualifying matches will be played over the FIFA international windows of September, October and November this year.

This is 35th edition of the biennial African football tournament will be played between 21 December 2025 and 18 January 2026.

Here is a full result of AFCON 2025 qualifiers draw

Group A: Tunisia, Madagascar, Comoros and The Gambia

Group B: Morocco, Gabon, Central African Republic and Lesotho

Group C: Egypt, Cape Verde, Mauritania and Botswana

Group D: Nigeria, Benin, Libya and Rwanda

Group E: Algeria, Equatorial Guinea, Togo and Liberia

Group F: Ghana, Angola, Sudan and Niger

Group G: Cote devoir, Zambia, Chad and Sierra Leon

Group H: DR Congo, Guinea, Tanzania and Ethiopia

Group I: Mali, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau and Eswatini

Group J: Cameroon, Namibia, Kenya and Zimbabwe

Group K: South Africa, Uganda, Congo and South Sudan

Group L: Senegal, Burkina Faso, Malawi and Burundi

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