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CAF Confirms New Date For Final Draw Of 2021 Africa Cup Of Nations

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced the draw for the 33rd Africa Cup of Nations finals will be held on Tuesday 17 August in Yaoundé.

The draw, to divide 24 teams in Africa’s main international men’s association football competition into six groups, will take place at Yaoundé Conference Centre.

A limited number of people will be allowed to attend the event that will be held at the venue due to coronavirus-related restrictions.

CAF is expected to release more information in due course including the draw procedure and special guests.

The tournament, which was scheduled to take place in January and February 2021, will take place from January 9 to February 6, 2022.

Cameroon is currently in midst of a brutal ongoing civil war that had previously raised doubts over whether the country should be hosting the event.

The hosts will be joined at the tournament by Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Malawi, Ghana, Sudan, The Gambia and Gabon.

Morocco, Mauritania, Cape Verde, Egypt, Comoros, Algeria, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Tunisia, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia and Nigeria have also qualified.

The qualified teams will be divided into six groups of four teams. The winners and the runner-ups of each group will advance to the round of 16 along with the four best-ranked third-placed teams.

Egypt is the country to have taken part the most in the competition, as she records  a 25th appearance, while Ivory Coast  is heading for a 24th show and Ghana will be making a 23nd appearance. Tunisia will make a 20th appearance while Nigeria will make her 19th appearance.

Algeria are the reigning champions after beating Senegal in the 2019 final.

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