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Africa’s premier national tournament always has drama. And, now with consistent world class players coming out of the continent, it has the talent.
Coming in 2022, the Africa Cup of Nations takes place in January over a monthlong period. Originally, the Confederation of African Football scheduled the 2021 AFCON to be in June and July, 2021. However, after officials deemed the weather conditions too hot in Cameroon during that time, the organization rescheduled the competition.
Now, despite the tournament retaining the name ‘2021 Africa Cup of Nations’, it takes place in 2022. Traditionally, the tournament is a biennial competition taking place in odd-numbered years. While that is not the case due to outside factors, the tournament still pulls in the best players from the continent to compete for their country.
Technically speaking, every nation in Africa has a chance to win the Africa Cup of Nations. As we know, each tournament has its favorite. However, of the 24 teams in the final tournament, only the host nation gets a spot in the group stage. Therefore, Cameroon had automatic qualification as the host. Even then, the squad finished top of its group in qualifying. The other 23 teams came from the qualification stage where each team was in a group of four countries. The top-two teams after six games reach the final tournament.
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In Cameroon, the tournament follows a similar trajectory to the Euros. There are six groups of four teams. The top-two teams in each group advance to the knockout stages, and the top-four third-place teams also qualify for the knockout stages. From there, it is a single-elimination bracket involving 16 teams.
In the past, Egypt is the most successful team with seven Africa Cup of Nations triumphs. Secondly, this year’s host, Cameroon, has five wins, while Ghana wraps up the podium with four tournament victories.
Even then, the competition is fairly diverse in terms of champions. Granted, Africa has a lot of countries with the ability to compete, but 14 different countries can say they won an Africa Cup of Nations.
Last year, Algeria won its second Africa Cup of Nations. That squad, led by 2016 African Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez, is surely one of the favorites to contend in Cameroon.
But, don’t turn your back on Egypt with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Senegal or an always-hungry Nigeria side that finished third in 2019.
Africa Cup of Nations TV Schedule
Saturday, January 29
Sunday, January 30
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