CAF confirm Afcon group stage draw for 2022August 17, 2021
CAF conducted the draw 2021 Africa Cup of Nations group stages on Tuesday evening, Cameroon set to take on Burkina Faso in the opening game.
The tournament is scheduled to get underway on 9 January 2022 and is set to conclude on 6 February.
There will be a couple new nations at the tournament, with both Comoros and Gambia making their debuts at Africa’s biggest tournament, while Sierra Leone return for the first time since 1996.
Full group stage draw:
Group A: Cameroon, Burkina Faso , Ethiopia, Cape Verde
Group B: Senegal , Zimbabwe , Guinea , Malawi
Group C: Morocco , Ghana, Comoros, Gabon
Group D: Nigeria, Egypt, Sudan, Guinea-Bissau
Group E: Algeria, Sierra Leone , Equatorial Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire
Group F: Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania , Gambia.
Live: Africa Cup of Nations draw – Watch Afcon draw live
Tuesday is Africa Cup of Nations draw day, as the continent’s top sides will learn their group-stage opponents for next year’s Afcon tournament in Cameroon.
The Afcon draw will be held in Yaounde at 18h GMT (19h Lagos time, 20h South Africa time, 21h Nairobi time), where representatives from the Confederation of African Football will draw the groups for the biennial showpiece.
The Afcon was originally due to be held this year—two years after the 2019 event in Egypt—but was pushed back until early 2022 in light of the corinavirus pandemic.
It will now take place in Cameroon in January and February next year, and you can follow the live event here—or join the Goal team in our Live: Africa Cup of Nations draw watchalong.
In Tuesday’s draw, the 24 qualifiers for the tournament will be drawn into six groups of four teams; the groups will be named A to F.
The first two teams in each group, and two of the best third-placed teams, will advance to the Round of 16.
Ahead of the draw, the 24 qualifiers have been placed in four pots of six teams each, with the pots numbered one to four. The pots have been decided based on the August 2021 Fifa world rankings.
Pot One contains the tournament seeds, with holders Algeria, 2019 finalists Senegal and heavyweights Nigeria among the teams who will fancy their chances of going the distance at the continental high table.
Also completing Pot One are Tunisia, hosts Cameroon and Morocco, and they’ll be watching warily when Pot Two is drawn.
Among the teams in Pot Two that the would-be giants are hoping to avoid will be Egypt, Ghana and the Ivory Coast, all of whom are previous winners who have fallen short of their typical high standards in recent years.
Caf’s official website states that the draw will be held at the Yaounde Conference Centre. It’s set to be a glitzy and memorable occasion, with some of African football’s greatest legends set to be in attendance.
Samuel Eto’o, Didier Drogba, Rabah Madjer, Asamaoh Gyan and Gaelle Enganamouit are some of the stars set to be present in Cameroon, although expect one or two surprises to show up as well!03
Africa: Teams Await Their Fate At Draw for 2021 Africa Cup of Nations
Two dozen teams will discover their fate on Tuesday night at the Yaounde Conference Centre in the draw for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
Originally scheduled for June and July 2021, the Confederation of African Football (Caf), which organises the event, said in January 2020 that it would be played in January and February of 2021.
But in June 2020 Caf moved the competition to January 2022 due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Hosts Cameroon and defending champions Algeria will be in pot one with the 2019 finalists Senegal as well as Tunisia, Nigeria and Morocco.
Egypt, Ghana, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea and Burkina Faso will comprise pot two while Mauritania feature in pot three with Cape Verde, Gabon, Zimbabwe, Guinea-Bissau and Sierra Leone.
Pot four includes debutants Gambia and Comoros as well as Equatorial Guinea, Malawi and two of the competition’s four founding nations Sudan and Ethiopia.
“I wish Ghana the best of luck in the draw,” record goal scorer Asamoah Gyan told Cafonline. “Ghana is a country of football, with many talents. The team is being rebuilt a new coach,” added the 35-year-old who could feature in his eighth consecutive Cup of Nations.
The opening ceremony and first game will take place at the new 60,000 seat Paul Biya Stadium in Olembe 13km north of the commercial capital Yaounde. Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, also in Yaounde, will host group stage games.
Stadiums in Garoua, Bafoussam, Limbe and Douala will be also be used during the month-long tournament which kicks off on 9 January and ends on 6 February.
As in the 2019 tournament in Egypt, the top two from the six groups will advance directly to the last-16 with the four best third-placed teams.
From there, the competition becomes a knockout tournament with penalties to decide the winner of a tie if the score is level after 30 minutes of extra-time.