The Africa Cup of Nations is set to kick off on 9 January 2022 hosted by the 5 times African Champions Cameroon who are looking forward to being 6 times African Champions.
Matchday 1 is set to kick off at 16:00 on which the host Cameroon face Burkina Faso at the capital of Cameroon Yaounde in Olembe stadium and the second fixture of matchday 1 will be Ethiopia facing Cape Verde at the evening 19:00 in the Capital.
The squad for the hosting nation consists of 28 players both playing outside and in the Cameroon premier league four goalkeepers Simon Omossola for AS Vita, Efala Konguep Jean Akwa united, Andre Onana Ajax Amsterdam and Devis Epassy Mbota OFI Crete made public by Antonio Conceicao on 22 December 2021 8 strikers with the prominent captain Vincent Aboubakar as one of the strikers.
Africa Cup of nations 2022 was set for January this year to avoid the Cameroon rainy season which can be a potential threat to the rampant spread of the coronavirus.
This is going to be a tough match because the two countries when they last met in 2020 it ended a draw of 0 to 0 but with an amazing 5 yellow cards throughout the match two cards for Cameroon and the rest to Burkina Faso.
The 2022 Africa cup of nations has 24 teams divided into 6 groups of 4 teams group A Cameroon, Cape Verde, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso group B Zimbabwe, Senegal, Malawi and Guinea group C Morocco, Ghana, Gabon and Comoros group D Egypt, Sudan, Guinea-Bissau and Nigeria group E Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea and Algeria group F Tunisia, Mali, Gambia and Mauritania.
Algeria is the defending Champion of the prestigious African Cup and the team is on top form to defend the cup reflected by its friendly with Ghana on the 5th of January which ended Algeria 3 Ghana 0.
Most of the African nations have included their foreign players in their squads with Burkina Faso Bertrand Traore Aston villa striker looking forward to starting the opening game of the tournament against Cameroon.
Several other teams have players playing in the English premier league to mention a few popular players Sadio Mane Liverpool for Senegal, Mohammed Salah Liverpool for Egypt and Tinotenda Kadewere Olympique Lyonnais for Zimbabwe.
As for the upcoming AFCON tournament, it is going to be enhanced entertainment to the Africans as Cameroon looks forward to a sixth trophy, Algeria defending its championship and seeking to review lost glory.