AFCON 2021 begins on Sunday January 9 when hosts Cameron face Burkina Faso in Group A at 4pm; all 52 games throughout the competition will be shown live across Sky Sports; tournament concludes with the final on Sunday February 6
13:28, UK, Friday 07 January 2022
The tournament, originally scheduled to be played in June and July 2021, will be played in Cameroon between January 9 and February 6, 2022, with Sky Sports showing all 52 games live.
Twenty-four teams will take part, kicking off on January 9 as hosts Cameroon host Burkina Faso in Yaounde, before culminating in the final on February 6 in the capital.
Sunday at AFCON
The Africa Cup of Nations finally start in Cameroon on Sunday, three years later than planned and after two delays, with the hosts kicking off the tournament against Burkina Faso in the opening game.
The first postponement was a result of the host country’s own faulty preparations, and the other because of a global pandemic that organisers and everyone else had hoped would be in retreat by now.
Instead, the virus is surging again because of the Omicron variant, leaving the continent’s showpiece event in the same place it was 12 months ago, with the talents of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and many others at risk of being eclipsed by infections and outbreaks in a region that has some of the lowest vaccination rates in the world.
Amid some calls to postpone again, organisers will forge ahead with the 24-team, 52-game championship, culminating in the final taking place at the Olembe Stadium in Yaounde, the capital city.
Following Cameroon’s curtain-raiser against Burkina Faso at 4pm, Ethiopia take on Cape Verde at 7pm – with both games shown exclusively live on Sky Sports.