By Beng Emmanuel
The draw ceremony of the delayed 2021 Africa Cup of Nations next year in Cameroon will take place on Saturday August 17 at the Yaoundé Conference Centre, the Confederation of African Football, CAF has confirmed.
Initially scheduled to take place on June 25, the event was postponed by the African regulatory football body due to logistical reasons linked with the Covid-19 pandemic. CAF had previously announced that the draw will take place between the first 15 days of August, but finally settled for a new date.
“We have the honour to inform you that the date for the 2021 TOTAL Energy Africa Cup of Nations has been fixed for Tuesday 17 of August 2021 at 19:00h” A statement from CAF read.
The 2021 AFCON will be staged in Cameroon for the second time after 1972. The tournament, which was scheduled to take place in January and February 2021, will now take place from January 9 to February 6, 2022.
Twenty-four (24) teams including the host will compete for the converted trophy. Algeria won the previous edition in 2019 after beating Senegal in the final.