African champions Nigeria were on Tuesday paired with Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau and Sao Tome and Principe in Group A of the qualifiers for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

The 34th edition of the biennial African football showpiece is scheduled to hold from June 23 to July 24, 2023, in Ivory Coast.

The draw ceremony, which served up plenty of interesting match-ups, took place on Tuesday evening at the SuperSport studios in Johannesburg, South Africa.

A total of 48 countries, including hosts Ivory Coast, are eligible to feature in the final stage of the qualifiers scheduled to begin in June across the continent.

The 48 teams were drawn into 12 groups of four teams (Group A to L) with the top two teams from each group qualifying for the tournament to be played in the West African country.

The Super Eagles face familiar foes in Sierra Leone, who they also faced during the qualifiers for the 2021 edition, and Guinea Bissau, their opponents at the 33rd AFCON in Cameroon earlier this year.

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