AFCON 2021 Calendar, Group Schedule and Favorites to Win

Kingston James
08 Jan 2022
20:30

AFCON has proven to be one of the toughest tournaments because it's star-packed. Top players from all over the world will be challenging in the tournament and one of the dreams of a player is to represent and win trophies, not just for their clubs but also for their country.

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Here are the lists of our perceived favourites to win the tournament:

ALGERIA

ALGERIA

The current holder of the trophy poses a threat to teams in this tournament with their style of play and how organized they are. They don’t just play individual football, they play as a team with threats and precisions in the final third. We are backing the 2019 winner to retain the trophy.

Key Players to watch :

Riyad mahrez ( Mancity, England), Said Benrahma (West Ham, England), Ramiz Zerrouki ( FC Twente, Holland), Ismael Bennacer

Bet365 offer odds of 6.00 on Algeria winning the tournament.

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EGYPT

EGYPT

Egyptian football teams are known for their free flow of football, streaming passes and holding off opponents. One of the teams that I admire a lot because of their style of play and its very similar to that of European teams. Their main man, Mohammed Salah will hope to win the world best someday and this tournament is a good platform to show the world that he's also capable of doing it in Africa.

Key Players to watch:

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Mohamed Eleney (Arsenal), Trezeguet (Aston Villa)

Bet365 offer odds of 8.00 on Egypt winning the tournament.

NIGERIA

NIGERIA

Not totally convinced by one of the most successful in the history of the tournament. Super Eagles of Nigeria have the most players playing in Europe but the issue with the team is that they are not organized coupled with the fact that they just sacked the coach who has been with the team months before the tournament. Not convinced doesn’t mean I'm writing them off, if the players could come together as a team then they might be forced to reckon with in this tournament.

Key Players to watch:

Alex Iwobi (Everton), Joe Aribo (Rangers), Frank Oyenka (Brentford), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City)

Bet365 offer odds of 10.00 on Nigeria winning the tournament.

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Honourable mention: Senegal, Ivory Coast.

Now let's take a look at the AFCON group schedule.

GROUP A

DateTeamsStadium
JAN. 09, 2022CAMEROON VS BURKINA FASOSTADE PAUL BIYA
JAN. 09, 2022ETHIOPIA VS CABO VERDE STADE PAUL BIYA
JAN. 13, 2022CAMEROON VS ETHIOPIASTADE PAUL BIYA
JAN. 13, 2022CABO VERDE VS BURKINA FASOSTADE PAUL BIYA
JAN. 17, 2022BURKINA FASO VS ETHIOPIAKOUEKONG STADIUM
JAN. 17, 2022CABO VERDE VS CAMEROONKOUEKONG STADIUM

GROUP B

DateTeamsSTADIUM
JAN. 10, 2022SENEGAL VS ZIMBABWEKOUEKONG STADIUM
JAN. 10, 2022GUINEA VS MALAWIKOUEKONG STADIUM
JAN. 14, 2022SENEGAL VS GUINEAKOUEKONG STADIUM
JAN. 14, 2022 MALAWI VS ZIMBABWEKOUEKONG STADIUM
JAN. 18, 2022ZIMBABWE VS GUINEASTADE AHMAADOU AHIDJO
JAN. 18, 2022MALAWI VS SENEGALSTADE AHMAADOU AHIDJO
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GROUP C

DateTeamsStadium
JAN. 10, 2022MOROCCO VS GHANASTADE AHMAADOU AHIDJO
JAN. 10, 2022COMOROS VS GABONSTADE AHMAADOU AHIDJO
JAN. 14, 2022MOROCCO VS COMOROSSTADE AHMAADOU AHIDJO
JAN. 14, 2022GABON VS GHANASTADE AHMAADOU AHIDJO
JAN. 18, 2022GHANA VS COMOROSSTADE OMNISPORT ROUMDE ADIJA
JAN. 18, 2022GABON VS MOROCCOSTADE OMNISPORT ROUMDE ADIJA
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GROUP D

DateTeamsStadium
JAN. 11, 2022NIGERIA VS EGYPTSTADE OMNISPORT ROUMDE ADIJA
JAN. 11, 2022SUDAN VS GUINEA BISSAUSTADE OMNISPORT ROUMDE ADIJA
JAN. 15, 2022NIGERIA VS SUDANSTADE OMNISPORT ROUMDE ADIJA
JAN. 15, 2022GUINEA BISSAU VS EGYPTSTADE OMNISPORT ROUMDE ADIJA
JAN. 19, 2022EGYPT VS SUDANSTADE AHMAADOU AHIDJO
JAN. 19, 2022GUINEA BISSAU VS NIGERIASTADE AHMAADOU AHIDJO

GROUP E

DateTeams

STADIUM

JAN. 11, 2022ALGERIA VS SIERRA LEONEJAPOMA STADIUM
JAN. 12, 2022EQUATORIAL GUINEA VS IVORY COAST

JAPOMA STADIUM

JAN. 16, 2022IVORY COAST VS SIERRA LEONE

JAPOMA STADIUM

JAN. 16, 2022ALGERIA VS EQUATORIALGUINEEA

JAPOMA STADIUM

JAN. 20, 2022SIERRA LEONE VS EQUATORIAL GUINEASTADE DE LIMBE
JAN. 20, 2022IVORY COAST VS ALGERIASTADE DE LIMBE
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GROUP F

DateTeamsStadium
JAN. 12, 2022TUNISIA VS MALISTADE DE LIMBE
JAN. 12, 2022MAURITANIA VS GAMBIASTADE DE LIMBE
JAN. 16, 2022TUNISIA VS MAURITANIASTADE DE LIMBE
JAN. 16, 2022GAMBIA VS MALISTADE DE LIMBE
JAN. 20, 2022MALI VS MAURITANIAJAPOMA STADIUM
JAN. 20, 2022GAMBIA VS TUNISIAJAPOMA STADIUM

ROUND OF 16

DateTeamsStadium
JAN. 23, 2022WINNER 2A VS WINNER 2CSTADE DE LIMBE
JAN. 23, 2022WINNER 1B VS WINNER 3A/C/DSTADE OMNISPORT ROUMDE ADIJA
JAN. 24, 2022WINNER 1D VS WINNER 3B/E/FKOUEKONG STADIUM
JAN. 24, 2022WINNER 1A VS WINNER 3C/D/ESTADE PAUL BIYA
JAN. 25, 2022WINNER 1C VS WINNER 3A/B/FKOUEKONG STADIUM
JAN. 25, 2022WINNER 1F VS WINNER 2ESTADE AHMAADOU AHIDJO
JAN. 26, 2022WINNER 1E VS WINNER 2DJAPOMA STADIUM
JAN. 26, 2022WINNER 2B VS WINNER 2FSTADE DE LIMBE
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QUARTER-FINAL

DateTeamsSTADIUM
JAN. 29, 2022WINNER LS1 VS WINNER LS3JAPOMA STADIUM
JAN. 29, 2022WINNER LS2 VS WINNER LS6STADE OMNISPORT ROUMDE ADIJA
JAN. 30, 2022WINNER LS5 VS WINNER  LS7STADE PAUL BIYA
JAN. 30, 2022WINNER LS4 VS WINNER LS8JAPOMA STADIUM

SEMI-FINAL

DateTeamsSTADIUM
FEB. 02, 2022WINNER QF1 VS WINNER  QF2JAPOMA STADIUM
FEB. 02, 2022WINNER QF3 VS WINNER QF4STADE PAUL BIYA

THIRD-PLACE PLAY-OFF

DateTeamsStadium
FEB. 06, 2022LOSER SF1 VS LOSER SF2STADE AHMADOU AHJDJO

FINAL

DateTeamsStadium
FEB. 06, 2022
WINNER SF1 VS WINNER SF2STADE PAUL BIYA
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