CAF confirm Afcon group stage draw

African Football

CAF conducted the draw 2021 Africa Cup of Nations group stages on Tuesday evening, Cameroon set to take on Burkina Faso in the opening game.

The tournament is scheduled to get underway on 9 January 2022 and is set to conclude on 6 February.

There will be a couple new nations at the tournament, with both Comoros and Gambia making their debuts at Africa's biggest tournament, while Sierra Leone return for the first time since 1996.

The defending champions, Algeria begin the defence of their title against Sierra Leone while they were also drawn alongside Equatorial Guinea and two-time winners Cote d'Ivoire

Full group stage 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, Cote d'Ivoire

Group F: Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania , Gambia

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