U23 Afcon draw: Nigeria paired with South Africa, Cote d’Ivoire and Zambia

The reigning African champions have been handed tough opponents in the tournament to serve as qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics
Nigeria will face 2015 third-placed team South Africa, Cote d’Ivoire and Zambia in Group B of the preliminary round of 2019 Africa U23 Cup of Nations in Egypt.

The draw was conducted by Caf director of competitions, Samson Adamu and ex-Egypt striker Emad Meteab on Wednesday evening at the plush Montaza Complex in Alexandria.

According to the draw, defending champions Nigeria - who are making their third appearance in the championship - must navigate their way past their opponents to reach the semi-finals.

Hosts Egypt will square up against debutants Ghana, Cameroon and Mali in Group B.

The championship will be held between November 8-22 at Cairo International Stadium and Al Salam Stadium.

The top three teams of this Africa Cup of Nations will represent Africa at the 2020 Olympic Games billed for Tokyo.

Nigeria won the last edition in Senegal after defeating Algeria 2-1 with Oghenekaro Etebo netting a brace at Stade Leopold Sedar Senghor in Dakar.