— Published 2 April 2021

CAN 2021 at the start of 2022

End of the suspense. The African Football Confederation (CAF), now chaired by South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe, formalised the dates of the next men’s Africa Cup of Nations on Thursday, April 1st. CAN 2021 will take place from January 9th to February 6th, 2022 in Cameroon. The draw for the final phase, which will show the composition of the six groups, will be held on June 25th, 2021. “The Executive Committee unanimously approved the proposed dates for the organisation of the draw (June 25, 2021) and of the final tournament of the CAN Total Cameroon 2021 (from January 9 to February 6, 2022)”, indicates the body in a press release. With such a calendar, the African selections should be able to organise a preparation camp worthy of the name, the expatriate players in the foreign championships being often released by their clubs for the winter break. To date, 23 of the 24 countries qualified for CAN 2021 are known. The postponed match between Sierra Leone and Benin will determine the name of the last qualifier.