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, Africa’s premier football showcase, from January 9 to February 6, 2022.
Cameroon‘s Indomitable Lions, five-time tournament champs, 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.
Who will succeed Algeria for African football bragging rights? Or are the powerhouse Desert Foxes poised to pursue their winning ways to repeat glory next February in Cameroon? The road to the Cup of Nations began with Tuesday’s draw in Yaoundé.
To relive the excitement as it happened, scroll through FRANCE 24’s liveblog here: