The Africa Cup of Nations is the biggest international soccer tournament in Africa. What makes the AFCON 2022 competition different than the soccer tournaments in Europe, is that it takes place in the winter months (for the northern hemisphere), which means many of the top African players competing in Europe leave their clubs to play for their country.
The likes of Mohamed Salah, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Sadio Mane will suit up for their respective country in January. The aim is to bring the AFCON trophy back to their nation.
Today, I take a look at the AFCON 2022 tournament and why it is such a fun watch and wager for soccer bettors.
When is the Africa Cup of Nations 2022?
The AFCON 2022 tournament kicks off on Sunday, January 9 with the tournament’s final set for February 6. The tournament is taking place in Cameroon this time around.
The tournament was originally set for January and February 2021, but due to COVID-19, it was pushed back to June and July 2021. However, it was pushed back once more due to the unpleasant weather players would have competed in.
Which national teams are playing at Afcon 2021?
The AFCON 2022 will feature 24 teams, separated into six groups of four teams. The groups are as follows:
Group A: Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ethiopia
Group B: Senegal, Zimbabwe, Guinea, Malawi
Group C: Morocco, Ghana, Gabon, Comoros
Group D: Egypt, Nigeria, Sudan, Guinea-Bissau
Group E: Algeria, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea
Group F: Tunisia, Mali, Gambia, Mauritania
The top two teams in each group and the best four third-placed teams will advance to the round 16 knockout stage.
Which teams won the recent AFCON tournament editions?
The tournament’s last 10 winners were:
- Algeria 2019
- Cameroon 2017
- Ivory Coast 2015
- Nigeria 2013
- Zambia 2012
- Egypt 2010
- Egypt 2008
- Egypt 2006
- Tunisia 2002
- Cameroon 2000
Egypt are the all-time winningest team in AFCON history with seven trophies. Cameroon have won the second-most AFCON tournaments with five. Ghana have lifted the tournament’s trophy four times.
Which teams to keep an eye on?
Algeria are the reigning champions and certainly go into the tournament as one of the favorites. The team is led by Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez.
Egypt are the all-time winningest team in the competition and are always one to pay attention to. Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is having his best-ever season for the Premier League team and will have his eyes on winning the AFCON tournament.
Senegal’s squad includes Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, PSG midfielder Idrissa Gueye, and Liverpool forward Sadio Mane.
On paper, the Ivory Coast boasts the best squad at the AFCON tournament. The team includes Manchester United defender Eric Bailly, AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, Burnley forward Maxwel Cornet, Ajax striker Sebastien Haller, Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, and Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe.
Who are the favorites to win the AFCON 2022 tournament?
What is the schedule?
- Group stage round 1: Sunday, January 9 to January 20
- Round of 16: January 23-26
- Quarter-finals: January 29-30
- Semi-finals: February 2-3
- Third-place playoff: February 6
- Final: February 6
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