11.01.2024Bayer 04

Werkself trio in action at AFCON 2023

The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast is about to get under way. From Saturday 13 January, three Leverkusen men will also be taking place in the continental championship: Odilon Kossounou will be involved in the opening match with hosts Ivory Coast, while Edmond Tapsoba (Burkina Faso) and Amine Adli (Morocco) are also at the tournament.

Odilon Kossounou and Ivory Coast take on Guinea-Bissau in the opening game on Saturday night. The hosts then face Nigeria on 18 January, when Kossounou was set to come up against Werkself teammate Victor Boniface until the striker suffered an injury during preparations for the tournament, forcing him to return to Germany early. The Ivorians' third and final fixture in Group A is against Equatorial Guinea on 22 January.

Algeria among Tapsoba's opponents

Meanwhile, Edmond Tapsoba and Burkina Faso play their first match against Mauritiana in Group D on 16 January. That's followed by the clash with Algeria on 20 January, before Angola await on 23 January.

Adli in group f with morocco

Then on 17 January, the third Bayer 04 player will get started in the tournament as Amine Adli and Morocco face Tanzania in Group F. In their second group game, the World Cup semi-finalists meet DR Congo on 21 January, before concluding the group stage against Zambia three days later. For Adli, who switched allegiance to Morocco in autumn of last year having represented France at youth level, the Africa Cup of Nations is the first major international tournament of his career. For Kossounou and Tapsoba it's their second appearance at AFCON.

Final on 11 February

The round of 16 kicks off three days after the group stage, from 27 to 30 January. The quarter-finals will be played on 2 and 3 February, with the two semis taking place on 7 February. Following the third-place playoff on 10 February, the final will be held the next day at 21:00 CET.


Odilon Kossounou (Ivory Coast/Group A):

13.01, 21:00: Ivory Coast v Guinea-Bissau

18.01, 18:00: Ivory Coast v Nigeria

22.01, 18:00: Ivory Coast v Equatorial Guinea

Edmond Tapsoba (Burkina Faso/Group D):

16.01, 15:00: Burkina Faso v Mauritiana

20.01, 15:00: Algeria v Burkina Faso

23.01, 21:00: Angola v Burkina Faso

Amine Adli (Morocco/Group F):

17.01, 18:00: Morocco v Tanzania

21.01, 15:00: Morocco v DR Congo

24.01, 21:00: Zambia v Morocco

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