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Breaking: Super Eagles draws Egypt, others ahead 2021 AFCON tournament

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The Nigerian national male football team, Super Eagles, has been placed in Group D of the 2021 AFCON tournament and will have to overcome the Egyptian, Sudan, and Guinea Bissau national teams in order to progress to the next stage.

The Cameroon 2021 tournament is expected to take place from 9 January to 6 February 2022, according to the date released by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Gernot Rohr’s men, who enjoyed a smooth qualification campaign where they were unbeaten and finished top of their group, were draw up at a ceremony that served up plenty of interesting match-ups

At the draw ceremony that took place on Tuesday evening at Yaounde Conference Centre, Cameroon, CAF said that the competition would commence on January 9th with a clash between Cameroon and Burkina Faso expected to open the race between 24 countries.

Later, a statement from CAF said: “Following the draw for the final tournament held in Yaoundé 17 August, the 24 qualified teams were divided into four groups.

The opening match will pit tournament host and five-time Africa Cup of Nations winners Cameroon against Burkina Faso, runners-up of 2013 AFCON,” a statement on CAF’s website read.

“52 countries took part in the qualifiers for the Africa Cup of Nations with only 24 places available.

“The qualified teams unveiled after a campaign that started in October 2019 and ended in June 2021, due to the one-year hiatus caused by Covid-19, are now fixed on their opponents.

“Five main cities were selected as hosts of the tournament, namely Douala and its Japoma Stadium, Yaoundé and its Ahmadou Ahidjo and Olembé Stadiums, Bafoussam and its Kouekong Stadium, Garoua and its Roumdjié-Adja Stadium and finally the Limbe-Buea venue which houses the Limbe Omnisport Stadium,” the statement added.

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