The 33rd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations opens on Sunday January 9 in Cameroon for nearly a month. Zoom in on this competition which shows great promises.
From January 9 to February 6, Cameroon, country of the “Indomitable Lions”, will vibrate to the rhythm of the Africa Cup of Nations. Initially scheduled for June 2021, the competition was postponed to January 2021, at the request of the host country, before being postponed to January 2022 due to the health crisis. Threatened by yet another wave of Covid-19 and the Omicron variant, the holding of this CAN has long been questioned. Appointed president of the Cameroonian football federation at the end of 2021, the former striker Samuel Eto’o has always campaigned for it to see the light of day: “I do not see why it would not take place. An excuse to postpone it? Which one? ? The Euro (2020) was played while we were in the midst of a pandemic, with full stadiums. “
Cameroon at home, favorite Algeria
Winner of CAN 2017 in Gabon, Cameroon will be led by its captain Vincent Aboubakar, former player of Valenciennes and Lorient. “We know that there is a big expectation around Cameroon and we will wet the jersey, we are focused on the goal. We must be ambitious,” he said in particular in the columns of The team. Toni Conceiçao’s men will open the ball on Sunday January 9 against Burkina Faso at 5 p.m.
Among the teams vying for the final victory, Algeria is the big favorite. Sacred during CAN 2019, the Fennecs won the Fifa Arab Cup against Tunisia on December 19 (2-0). Riyad Mahrez’s teammates (Manchester City) will try to win the third African coronation in their history.
Also to watch: the selections of Senegal and Egypt, the last two teams defeated in the CAN final (Senegal in 2019 against Algeria, Egypt in 2017 against Cameroon). Led by the Egyptian Mohamed Salah and the Senegalese Sadio Mané, both club teammates in Liverpool, these two great African football nations will seek their revenge.
All meetings on beIN Sports
The entire CAN 2021 will be watched live and exclusively on beIN Sports with all the channels of the group that will be mobilized. The matches will be broadcast from 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. during this competition.