AFCON 2021 – Lessons From The Draw

The Confederation of African Football [CAF] proceeded this Tuesday, August 17 to the draw for the African Cup of Nations scheduled for Cameroon from January 9 to February 6, 2022. The host country of this 33rd edition and cited among the favourites, Cameroon shares group A with Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Cape Verde.

The dice are cast, the succession of Algeria is open. And big duels in perspective are expected at the end of the draw made on Tuesday.

Five times African Champions, Cameroon is aiming for a sixth continental crown at home. A mission that promises to be pretty good for the Indomitable Lions who have benefited from a lenient draw. Because host pay shares group A with Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Cape Verde.

Finalist of the last edition and serious candidate for the title, Senegal can dream of a quiet start to the competition. Indeed, the band to Sadio Mané inherited an affordable hen. The Lions share Group B with Zimbabwe, Guinea Conakry and Malawi. Apart from Guinea Conakry where Aliou Cissé’s men are going to experience an epic West African derby, a duel between brotherly countries, Senegal has undoubtedly fallen into a pool largely within its reach.

In addition, a tougher group C, very homogeneous with Morocco, Ghana, Gabon and the novice, Comoros promises sparks. Reigning African Champions, Algeria is automatically the team to defeat in this year’s AFCON. There is a lot to do in Group E with Côte d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone and Equatorial Guinea.

The other big shock of these phases will take place in Group D; where Nigeria and Egypt will explain themselves.

Here is the full draw:

Group A:
Burkina Faso
Green cap

Group B:
Guinea Conakry

Group C:

Group D:

Group E:
Sierra Leone
Equatorial Guinea
Ivory Coast

Group F:
The Gambia

The opening match of the 33rd edition of the TotalEnergies African Cup of Nations will see Cameroon, the host country play against Burkina Faso, which will take place on January 9 in Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon.

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Author: Abu Bakarr Jalloh

Abu Bakarr Jalloh is a Sierra Leonean content writer, author, Neo Pan-African and founder of The African Dream, an online platform for inspiring, positive and compelling African stories. Contact: WhatsApp: +23276211583

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