Initially scheduled for 2021, the African Cup of Nations (CAN) will finally take place from January 9 to February 6, 2022 in Cameroon in seven stadiums and six cities. The will be the 33rd edition of CAN TotalEnergies, the second for Cameroon after that of 1972 (won by Congo). On this great celebration of African football, 24 countries divided into six groups of four (see photo) will try to win this coveted trophy.
Among these 24 teams qualified for the final phase of CAN 2021, we naturally find familiar names such as Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, South Africa, Nigeria, Senegal and Algeria. Corn also from small thumbs such as Gambia which participates in its first CAN, Malawi or Sierra Leone.
Algeria and Senegal start favorites
Winners of Senegal (1-0) in the final of the 2019 edition in Egypt, the Fennecs are more than ever candidates for their own succession. Housed in Group E with Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea, the Greens, who remain on a series of 30 games without defeat, the African record, will certainly be the team to beat during this tournament. Djamel Belmadi’s men will however have a lot to face the beautiful team of Côte d’Ivoire during the third day of the group matches. If the two formations must a priori pass to the second round, the fight for the first place of the group promises to be bitter.
With its many stars – Sadio Mané, Ismaila Sarr, Idrissa Gana Gueye, Kalidou Koulibaly – Senegal is setting out again in search of its first sacred continental. Aliou Cissé’s men will present themselves, once again during this CAN, with one of the most beautiful teams on the continent. Housed in Group B along with Malawi, Zimbabwe and its neighbor Guinea, the Teranga Lions should not meet too much resistance in this hen.
Cameroon for a hold-up at home?
In the pool, the two football heavyweights, Egypt (7 African CAN) and Nigeria (3 sacred) against the pool on the first day of group matches. The other two teams in this group, Guinea Bissau and Sudan, will try to create a surprise to secure their qualification for the next round.
If Senegal and Algeria, the two finalists of CAN 2019 have more arguments to win this 33rd edition of the African Cup of Nations, we must however be wary of Cameroon, host country of the tournament. Admittedly, the Indomitable Lions are not having the best time in their history, but they are still a competitive and difficult team to beat. And, in front of their audience, Eric Maxim Chupo-Moting’s teammates would see themselves succeeding in a hold-up to win their 6th crowned continental. Who says…