Tuesday, 17 August 2021 22:27

2022 Africa Cup of Nations draw:Algeria to battle Ivory Coast, Mali to meet Tunisia.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

@CAF.

The 2022 Africa Cup of Nations saw its groups drawn during a star-studded gala Tuesday evening in Yaoundé. Cameroon hosts the pandemic-postponed tournament, from January 9 to February 6, 2022.

Cameroon will host Burkina Faso for the tournament - and Group A-opener in Yaoundé on January 9. Ethiopia and Cap Verde round out Group A.

Group B includes Senegal, Zimbabwe, Guinea and Malawi, while Group C will see Morocco take on Ghana, Comoros and Gabon.

In Group D, Nigeria will face Egypt, Sudan and Guinea-Bissau.

Defending champs and tournament favourites Algeria lead a strong Group E that includes Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea and Ivory Coast, while Group F will see Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania and Gambia squaring off.

Africa Cup of Nations draw:

  • Group A: Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Cape Verde
  • Group B: Senegal, Zimbabwe, Guinea, Malawi
  • Group C: Morocco, Ghana, Comoros, Gabon
  • Group D: Nigeria, Egypt, Sudan, Guinea-Bissau
  • Group E: Algeria, Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast
  • Group F: Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania, Gambia.

A host of dignitaries attended the draw, including Confederation of African Football (Caf) president Patrice Motsepe, Cameroon legend Roger Milla and icons such as Didier Drogba, El Hadji Diouf and Samuel Eto'o.

The 2021 Africa Nations Cup had to be postponed twice due to wet weather concerns and Covid-19 and even the draw, originally set for June, was delayed by the pandemic.

Cameroon were selected to stage the 2019 tournament, but fell behind with their preparation and Egypt had to take over a short notice.