The Confederation of African Football or CAF is the administrative and controlling body for African association football. CAF represents the national football associations of Africa, runs continental, national, and club competitions, and controls the prize money, regulations and media rights to those competitions.
Following the draw for the final tournament held in Yaoundé on Tuesday 17 August, the 24 qualified teams were divided into four groups.
The opening match will pit tournament host and five-time Africa Cup of Nations winners Cameroon against Burkina Faso, runners-up of 2013 AFCON.
This is the moment everyone has been waiting for! And there were many stars present at this highly decisive meeting for the protagonists of the most popular continental soap opera.
CAF President, Dr Patrice Motsepe was in the front row to attend the draw, as well as the COCAN President and Minister of Sports of Cameroon, Prof. Narcisse Mouelle Kombi.
The start of the show was given all in music by the artist composer and performer Salatiel, author of “Ca se passe ici”. Cameroon’s cultural diversity was also presented through local dance choreographies.
AFCON groups :
Group A : Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Ethiopie, Cape Verde
Group B : Senegal, Zimbabwe, Guinee, Malawi
Group C : Morocco, Ghana, Comoros, Gabon
Group D : Nigeria, Egypt, Sudan, Guinea-Bissau
Group E : Algeria, Sierra-Leone, Equatorial Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire
Group F : Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania, Gambia
52 countries took part in the qualifiers for the Africa Cup of Nations with only 24 places available. The qualified teams unveiled after a campaign that started in October 2019 and ended in June 2021, due to the one-year hiatus caused by Covid-19, are now fixed on their opponents.
Road to Final
- Group stage: from January 9 to 20, 2022
- Round of 16: January 23-26, 2022
- Quarter-finals: January 29 and 30, 2022
- Semi-finals: February 2 and 3, 2022
- Third Place match and Final: February 6, 2022
Five main cities were selected as hosts of the tournament, namely Douala and its Japoma Stadium, Yaoundé and its Ahmadou Ahidjo and Olembé Stadiums, Bafoussam and its Kouekong Stadium, Garoua and its Roumdjié-Adja Stadium and finally the Limbe-Buea venue which houses the Limbe Omnisport Stadium.