AFCON 2021

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The delayed 2021 Africa Cup of Nations will start on January 9, 2022, when Cameroon will kick off the match against Burkina Faso. Cameroon will be hosting this year’s tournament, and this will be the 33rd edition of the biennial tournament, where 24 teams will compete for continental glory. The tournament will end on February 6, 2022. Tournament seasons will always provide a new experience to soccer betting.

The tournament starts with the group stages, while the knockout stages will commence from January 23rd and run until the final.

Group Stage: Sunday, January 9 to Thursday, January 20

Round of 16: Sunday, January 23 to Wednesday, January 26

Quarter-final: Saturday, January 29 to Sunday, January 30

Semi-finals: Wednesday, February 2 to Thursday, February 3

Third place play-off: Sunday, February 6

Final: Sunday, February 6

Senegal is the African side with the highest FIFA ranking. With other stars like Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly in their squad, they are one of the favourites for the tournament.

Let’s look at the format and the groups that are in AFCON:

There are 24 teams who have qualified for Afcon 2021, and they will play in 52 matches across six stadiums in five host cities. The 24 teams have been divided into six groups of four teams.

The winner and the runner-up will progress to the round of 16, as well as the four best third-placed teams.

The six groups are: 

Group A: Cameroon (hosts), Burkina Faso, Cape Verde Islands, Ethiopia

Group B: Guinea, Malawi, Senegal, Zimbabwe

Group C: Comoros Island, Gabon, Ghana, Morocco

Group D: Egypt, Guinea Bissau, Nigeria, Sudan

Group E: Algeria, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone

Group F: Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Tunisia

The tournament kicks off with a Group A match between the hosts and Burkina Faso on 9 January at the Olembe Stadium in Cameroon’s capital Yaounde.

Group C sees Comoros, a small group of islands off the east coast of Africa, making their first Afcon appearance in their history.

Liverpool will be the club with some problems as they will lose both their star attackers due to AFCON. Salah will be with Eygpt, and Mane will be with Senegal. From English Premier League, there will be around 40 players. 

All the eyes will be on Mohamed Salah and Egypt as the player is on his peak form this season for the Reds. So, everyone will expect to see his better performance for the national side. He will also be the top contender for the tournament’s Golden Boot.

Algeria will be looking to win the title for the second time consecutively after winning it in 2019. Their captain and the Manchester City forward, Riyad Mahrez, will have a crucial role in the tournament.

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