The long awaited draw for the AFCON 2021 billed to hold next year January in Cameroon will now hold in August after over a month of postponement.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) confirmed yesterday that the draw for Africa’s most prized tournament will hold in Yaoundé, Cameroon on the 15th of August.
CAF had scheduled the draw for the finals to hold on 25th of June but was postponed due to some logistics issues but the Secreatry General of CAF, Mosengo-Omba, last night revealed that the event will hold in Yaoundé, Cameroon in August.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria are amongst the 24 countries that are to participate in the mundial scheduled for January.
There are going to be six groups with each group having four teams in it each.
“The draw will take place during the first half of August. And now we have confirmed the 15th of August and hoping that all things will come up according to plans,” the CAF scribe stated in a Morocco World News report.
Mosengo-Omba also debunked the rumors that CAF intends to change the host nation for the AFCON 2021, reiterating that the competition will take place in Cameroon.
“AFCON will be organized here in this country (Cameroon) in January next year,” he noted as he expressed his wish for a successful tournament. “We have to work together to deliver an AFCON that will be the first of its kind in the continent,” Mosengo-Omba stated.
As it name implies AFCON 2021, the tournament was billed to hold between January and February 2021 but was moved to January 9 up untilFebruary 6, 2022 due to COVID-19.
The 24-team format sees the winners and the runner-ups of each group advance to the round of 16 alongside the four best-ranked third-placed teams.
Gernot Rohr’s men finished third at the last edition held in 2019 hosted by Egypt beating Tunisia 1-0 courtesy of a first half goal from Odion Ighalo in the losers final.