The Lions want to start with a victory

Cameroon opens this Sunday against Burkina Faso, the 33rd African Cup of Nations with the goal of the final of February 6, like the other favorites, Algeria, defending champion, or Senegal, who still dreams of a first crown. Let’s go for CAN 2021!

It is obvious that the host country would in no way want to miss its first match in front of its own audience to gain confidence in this very difficult start to the competition where, often, these first matches end with a score of parity. In any case, the specialists believe that it is a match which will certainly be very disputed between two beautiful nations of African football, the Indomitable Lions from Cameroon, five-time winners of the competition and the Stallions from Burkina Faso who hope to register their name for the first time on the competition list. Remember that this first match will be refereed by an Algerian referee trio with Mustapha Ghorbal at its head!

In the “A” group, hosts of the competition, five-time champions, crowned again in 2017, the Indomitable Lions from Cameroon are the favorites. They will have the advantage of playing in stadiums filled up to 80%, and not 60% as for the other matches of the tournament.

In group « B », not having tasted the African coronation, the Lions from Senegal and their golden workforce (Édouard Mendy, Kalidou Koulibaly, Sadio Mané…) arrive in Cameroon with the pressure of huge favorites, a little forced to win to quench an eternal thirst.

In group « C », qualified as « difficult » group, the Morocco Vahid Halilhodzic seemed the best armed, but he found himself in the densest group of the first round. Among the favorites, the “Atlas Lions” will cross the Ghana, four times winner of the CAN and still among the contenders.

In group « D », it will open with a shock weighing ten CAN between the Nigeria (3 titles) and theEgypt (7 titles). And these are the two favorites of this hen.

In group « E », theAlgeria, holder of the title, and the Ivory Coast are the two favorites with on the one hand captain Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City), and on the other the top scorer in the Champions League, the Ivorian Sébastien Haller.

Finally, in group « F », the Tunisia and the Mali are cited as the favorites, but beware of the Mauritania and his second participation.

CAN 2021 opening match on September 9, 2021: it coincides with the birth of the only coach of the Latin American continent who won the CAN. Indeed, Otto Martins Glória is a Brazilian coach born January 9, 1917 in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and died September 2, 1986. He is considered the only coach from the South American continent to have managed to embrace the African Cup of Nations throughout of the history of the competition, so that the opening date of this 33rd edition of the CAN, which Cameroon welcomes today. As luck would have it, Otto will have a tribute on this day.


18 – The record for goals scored in the competition is held by Samuel Eto’o with 18 achievements.

36 – The record of matches played in the competition belongs to Rigobert song with 36 matches.


-The current trophy is in fact the 3rd trophy awarded to the winner. The 1st, the trophy Abdelaziz Abdallah Salem (named after CAF’s first president), made of bronze, is held by the Ghana who won the right to keep it following his victory in the 1978 edition.

-However 4 times finalist including two victories, the Ivory Coast has never scored or conceded a goal in the CAN TotalEnergies final.

-1 single player has won the title of best player of the competition twice. This is the Egyptian Ahmed Hassan in 2006 and 2010.

Sunday January 9

  • Cameroon – Burkina Faso, in Yaoundé
  • Ethiopia – Cape Verde, in Yaoundé

Monday January 10

  • Senegal – Zimbabwe, in Bafoussam
  • Guinea – Malawi, in Bafoussam
  • Morocco – Ghana, in Yaoundé
  • Comoros – Gabon, in Yaoundé

Tuesday January 11

  • Algeria – Sierra Leone, in Douala
  • Nigeria – Egypt, in Garoua
  • Sudan – Guinea-Bissau, in Garoua

Wednesday January 12

  • Tunisia – Mali, in Limbe
  • Mauritania – Gambia, in Limbe
  • Equatorial Guinea – Ivory Coast, in Douala

Thursday January 13

  • Cape Verde – Burkina Faso, in Yaoundé
  • Cameroon – Ethiopia, in Yaoundé

Friday January 14

  • Morocco – Comoros, in Yaoundé
  • Gabon – Ghana, in Yaoundé
  • Senegal – Guinea, in Bafoussam
  • Malawi – Zimbabwe, in Bafoussam

Saturday January 15th

  • Nigeria – Sudan, in Garoua
  • Guinea-Bissau – Egypt, in Garoua

Sunday January 16

  • Tunisia – Mauritania, in Limbe
  • Gambia – Mali, in Limbe
  • Ivory Coast – Sierra Leone, in Douala
  • Algeria – Equatorial Guinea, in Douala

Monday January 17th

  • Cape Verde – Cameroon, in Yaoundé
  • Burkina Faso – Ethiopia, in Bafoussam

Tuesday, January 18

  • Gabon – Morocco, in Yaoundé
  • Ghana – Comoros, in Garoua
  • Zimbabwe – Guinea, in Yaoundé
  • Malawi – Senegal, in Bafoussam

Wednesday January 19

  • Egypt – Sudan, in Yaoundé
  • Guinea-Bissau – Nigeria, in Garoua

Thursday, January 20

  • Sierra Leone – Equatorial Guinea, in Limbe
  • Gambia – Tunisia, in Limbe
  • Ivory Coast – Algeria, in Douala
  • Mali – Mauritania, in Douala

Sunday 23 January :

  • Round of 16 1 (2e group A – 2nd group C), in Limbe
  • Round of 16 2 (1er group D – Best third group B, E or F), in Garoua

Monday January 24

  • Round of 16 3 (1er group A – best 3e group C, D or E), in Yaoundé
  • Round of 16 4 (2e group B – 2e group F), in Bafoussam

Tuesday 25 January

  • Round of 16 5 (1er group B – best 3e group A, C or D), in Bafoussam
  • Round of 16 6 (1er group C – best 3e group A, B or F), in Yaoundé

Wednesday January 26

  • Round of 16 8 (1er group F – 2e group E), in Limbe
  • Round of 16 7 (1er group E – 2e group D), in Douala

Saturday 29 January

  • Quarter-final 1 (winner of the round of 16 1 – winner of the round of 16 2), in Garoua
  • Quarter-final 2 (winner of the eighth-final 4 – winner of the eighth-final 3), in Douala

Sunday January 30

  • Quarter-final 3 (winner of the eighth-final 7 – winner of the eighth-final 6), in Yaoundé
  • Quarter-final 4 (winner eighth-final 5 – winner eighth-final 8), in Douala

Wednesday February 2

  • Semi-final 1 (winner quarter-final 1 – winner quarter-final 4), in Douala

Thursday February 3

  • Semi-final 2 (winner quarter-final 2 – winner quarter-final 3), in Yaoundé

Sunday February 6

  • Final, in Yaoundé; final for the 3e place, in Yaoundé

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