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Holders Algeria To Face Ivory Coast In Group Stage Of African Cup Of Nations


The confederation of African Football (CAF) released the draw for the African Cup of Nations to be hosted in Cameroon in January 2022.

Defending Champions Algeria have been drawn alongside Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea and Sierra Leone in group E.

Algeria won the tournament that was hosted in Egypt in 2019 by beating Senegal 1-0.

Algeria were awarded $4.5 million in prize money while Senegal received $2.5 million.

Cameroon, hosting the tournament 50 years after their only previous time, have been drawn against Burkina Faso in Yaounde in Group A on January 9 and will also face Ethiopia and the Cape Verde Islands.

Egypt and Nigeria were paired together in Group D while Ghana and Morocco will compete in Group C.

The Comoros Islands, who are in Group C, and Gambia, in Group F, will participate in the finals for the first time.

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The tournament was postponed for a year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

AFCON draw

Group A: Cameroon (hosts), Burkina Faso, Cape Verde Islands, Ethiopia

Group B: Guinea, Malawi, Senegal, Zimbabwe

Group C: Comoros Islands, Gabon, Ghana, Morocco

Group D: Egypt, Guinea Bissau, Nigeria, Sudan

Group E: Algeria, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone

Group F: Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Tunisia