The Africa Cup of Nations 2021: Facts, Top Players, Fixture and More

AFCON 2021, also known as Africa Cup of Nations 2021, begins this month as 24 teams try to become the kings of Africa.

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We have the Afcon 2021 fixtures as well as player details including Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, PSG midfielder Idrissa Gueye, and Liverpool forward Sadio Mane. PHOTO via @CAF

KAMPALA | LIFESTYLE UGANDA (https://lifestyleuganda.com/) — AFCON 2021, or the Africa Cup of Nations 2021, begins this month with 24 teams competing for the honour of being kings of Africa.

  • What you need to know about AFCON 2021 including the fixtures and stars.
  • Cameroon will host the Africa Cup of Nations 2021 (Afcon).
  • The hosts have won the tournament four times.
  • The matches of the 2021 Afcon will be broadcast live on beIN Sports HD.
  • You can also check out our list of Top 5 Notable African Athletes.

This page includes all the information you need about the AFCON 2021, including the full fixture list and information about star players like Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, PSG midfielder Idrissa Gueye, and Liverpool forward Sadio Mane.

How is the Africa Cup of Nations organized?

The Africa Cup of Nations is an international football tournament held every two years in Africa in which the national teams of Africa participate. This tournament is organized on an annual basis by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

What is the date of AFCON 2021?

On Sunday, January 9 2022, the latest edition of the African Cup of Nations will begin. On February 6 2022, the final will take place.

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CAF postponed the original dates of June-July 2021 due to what the CAF described as “unfavourable climatic conditions” before they rearranged a slot earlier in January-February 2021 and the pandemic forced them to postpone it again.

AFCON 2021 will be held where?

This year’s African Cup of Nations is being held in Cameroon. The hosts are four-time champions with their most recent title coming in 2017.

Who will play in the AFCON 2021?

Six groups of four teams are competing at the African Cup of Nations (Afcon), this year’s event consists of 24 teams. Below are the groups.

The countries in Group A are Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ethiopia, and the countries in Group B are Senegal, Zimbabwe, Guinea, Malawi.

The countries in Group C are Morocco, Ghana, Gabon, Comoros, while those in Group D are Egypt, Nigeria, Sudan, and Guinea-Bissau.

Group E includes Algeria, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea, and Group F includes Tunisia, Mali, Gambia, and Mauritania.

The top two teams from each group at this year’s tournament will advance to the last 16 of the tournament along with the best four third-placed teams.

AFCON 2021 star players: who are they?

There will be many world-class players competing in Cameroon at Afcon 2021, including Ajax’s Andre Onana in goal and Napoli’s Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa in midfield. Group A rivals Burkina Faso will be led by Aston Villa’s Bertrand Traore in the attack.

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Several European-based players are included in Senegal’s squad in Group B, such as Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, PSG midfielder Idrissa Gueye, and Liverpool forward Sadio Mane.

Morocco is the Group C top seeds, with their captain being the Wolves’ Romain Saiss; Ghana’s players are the Ayew brothers Andre and Jordan, and Gabon’s players are led by exiled Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Mohamed Salah, Liverpool’s star player, aims to lead his nation to an eighth Afcon title in Group D, however, they face a powerful Nigeria side with the likes of Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfried Ndidi.

In Group E, Algeria, the defending champions, have Manchester City forward Riyad Mahrez, Lyon striker Islam Slimani, AC Milan midfielder Ismael Bennacer, and Galatasaray winger Sofiane Feghouli on hand.

There will be some tough tests for Algeria as their group includes a stacked Ivory Coast squad, including Manchester United’s Eric Bailly, Milan’s Franck Kessie, Burnley’s Maxwell Cornet, Ajax’s Sébastien Haller, Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha, and Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe.

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With Manchester United midfielder Hannibal Mejbri, Tunisia boasts one of the most exciting young prospects in the tournament. He will take on Mali’s RB Leipzig midfielder Amadou Haidara in Group E.

Africa Cup of Nations 2021: What’s the schedule? 

An overview of the Afcon 2021 group schedule follows, along with the kickoff times in UAE (+4 GMT).

Group stage round 1

Sunday, January 98 pm: Cameroon v Burkina Faso
11 pm: Ethiopia v Cape Verde
Monday, January 105 pm: Senegal v Zimbabwe
8 pm: Guinea v Malawi 
8 pm: Morocco v Ghana 
11pm: Comoros v Gabon
Tuesday, January 115pm: Alergia v Sierra Leone 
8 pm: Egypt v Nigeria
11 pm: Sudan v Guinea-Bissau
Wednesday, January 125 pm: Tunisia v Mali 
8pm: Mauritania v Gambia
11 pm: Equatorial Guinea v Ivory Coast

Group stage round 2

Thursday, January 138 pm: Cameroon v Ethiopia
11pm: Cape Verde v Burkina Faso
Friday, January 145 pm: Senegal v Guinea
8 pm: Malawi v Zimbabwe 
8pm: Morocco v Comoros
11 pm: Gabon v Ghana
Saturday, January 158 pm: Nigeria v Sudan 
11 pm: Guinea-Bissau v Egypt
Saturday, January 165 pm: Gambia v Mali
8pm: Tunisia v Mauritania
8 pm: Ivory Coast v Sierra Leone
11pm: Algeria v Equatorial Guinea

Group stage round 3

Friday, January 178 pm: Burkina Faso v Ethiopia
8 pm: Cameroon v Cape Verde
Saturday, January 188 pm: Malawi v Senegal 
8 pm: Zimbabwe v Guinea
11pm: Gabon v Morocco 
11 pm: Ghana v Comoros
Sunday, January 1911 pm: Guinea-Bissau v Nigeria 
11 pm: Egypt v Sudan
Monday, January 208pm: Sierra Leone v Equatorial Guinea
8 pm: Ivory Coast v Algeria
11 pm: Gambia v Tunisia 
11 pm: Mali v Mauritania

Round of 16

January 23-26To be communicated

Quarter-finals

January 29-30To be communicated

Semi-finals

February 2-3To be communicated

Third-place playoff

February 6To be communicated

Final

February 6To be communicated

How can I watch Afcon 2021?

On beIN Sports HD, matches of the Africa Cup of Nations 2021 will be aired live.

AFCON 2021 players from the Premier League

ArsenalThomas Partey (Ghana)
Mohamed Elneny (Egypt)
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon)
Nicolas Pepe (Ivory Coast)
Omar Rekik (Tunisia)
Aston VillaMahmoud Trezeguet (Egypt)
Bertrand Traore (Burkina Faso)
BrentfordJulian Jeanvier (Guinea)
Frank Onyeka (Nigeria)
Tariqe Fosu-Henry (Ghana)
BrightonYves Bissouma (Mali)
BurnleyMaxwell Cornet (Ivory Coast)
ChelseaEdouard Mendy (Senegal)
Crystal PalaceCheikhou Kouyate (Senegal)
Jeffrey Schlupp (Ghana)
Jordan Ayew (Ghana)
Wilfried Zaha (Ivory Coast)
EvertonAlex Iwobi (Nigeria)
Leicester CityDaniel Amartey (Ghana)
Nampalys Mendy (Senegal)
Wilfred Ndidi (Nigeria)
Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria)
LiverpoolMohamed Salah (Egypt)
Naby Keita (Guinea)
Sadio Mane (Senegal)
Manchester CityRiyad Mahrez (Algeria)
Manchester UnitedEric Bailly (Ivory Coast
Amad Diallo (Ivory Coast)
Hannibal Mejbri (Tunisia)
WatfordWilliam Troost-Ekong (Nigeria)
Imran Louza (Morocco)
Adam Masina (Morocco)
Ismaila Sarr (Senegal)
West HamSaid Benrahma (Algeria)
WolvesWilly Boly (Ivory Coast)
Romain Saiss (Morocco)
SouthamptonMoussa Djenepo (Mali)

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