CAF publicizes New Africa Cup of Nations new draw date

CAF has declared a new date for the draw of the postponed 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon to be held in Yaounde on August 17, the organizers said on Thursday.

It was initially set for June 25 in the Cameroonian capital only to be halted by coronavirus pandemic cases.

The 24-team premier African football tournament has twice been postponed due to Covid-19 and is now due to kick off on January 9 and conclude on February 6.

Algeria will defend a trophy they won in Cairo two years ago by defeating Senegal 1-0 in the final through an early goal from Baghdad Bounedjah.

Cameroon is organizing the Cup of Nations for the first time since 1972 when only eight countries competed and Congo Brazzaville prevailed.

The other 22 qualifiers are Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Comoros, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tunisia, Sudan, and Zimbabwe.

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