AFCON 2021: Nigeria Draws Egypt, Cameroon Starts With Burkina Faso As Morocco Meets Ghana

The draw ceremony for the delayed 2021 Africa Cup of Nations finals was officially conducted at the Conference Centre, Yaounde, Cameroon on Tuesday 17th August, 2021, with the six groups drawing mouthwatering encounters

The expanded 24-team tournament will take place in Cameroon from 9th January, till 6th February, 2022

Host nation, Cameroon have been drawn in Group A alongside Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Cape Verde Island.

Last edition finalists, Senegal with their arrays of stars will be hoping to better their two times appearances in the final with no positive results, in this tournament, but must battle their ways past Warriors of Zimbabwe, Guinea and third time appearing team, Malawi.

In Group C, Morocco and Ghana are strong favourites to progress after being drawn against Gabon and debuting Comoros Island, neither of these two are to be taken for granted due to their impressive qualifying campaigns.

It’s however mixed feelings for Super Eagles of Nigeria as they are paired with Pharaohs of Egypt, first AFCON host, Sudan and Guinea-Bissau joining them in banana peeling Group D.

Holders Algeria should have a smooth run to the round of 16 of the tournament as they will be meeting underachievers in Sierra Leone, who will be looking to break the jinx of not advancing beyond the group stage since debuting in 1994, with Equatorial Guinea who also will want to go one step beyond their fourth placed finish in 2015 and 2015 winners, Côte d’Ivoire completing Group E.

In Group F, Tunisia and Mali must be weary of another debuting side, The Gambia who have turned to a very deadly side since Tom Saintfiet took over the Scorpions in 2018, as well as Mauritania, who are making their second appearance at the football showpiece, after their debut in 2019, in South Africa.

Ayoola Adeleke.

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