The 32nd edition of the men’s football championship will feature 24 teams after the number was raised from 16 by the Confederation of African Championship. The tournament that was previously scheduled to be hosted in Cameroon was moved to Egypt who will be hosting the tournament for the fifth time ever since the competition began. The tournament will be hosted in four cities within Egypt; Cairo, Alexandria, Suez and Ismailia.
The competition will see some of the world’s biggest stars bring their international class to the competition. Some of the biggest names will be lacing up their boots to prove yet again that they are the top cream of African football talent. Champions league winners and English Premier League golden boot winners, Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane.
A number of stars have been discovered at the AFCON competition, and this time round also we don’t expect less.
Senegal (The Lions of Teranga)
They were ranked the best team in Africa by the FIFA world rankings. Senegal has never won the prestigious trophy ever since the competition began and that’s the reason why they are so lethal.
Egypt (The Pharaohs)
The 7-time AFCON winners have often shown a lot of determination and positivity when it comes to the competition. They have a history of retaining the trophy every time they host the tournament, doing so on three occasions.
Ivory Coast (The Elephants)
Whenever you mention Ivory Coast, one name comes to mind, the legend Didier Drogba. Even though the talented legend hung his boots, there are young talents who are making him proud.
Nigeria (The Super Eagles)
The three-time AFCON champions will be looking to prove a point and humiliate their haters by redeeming themselves with the AFCON cup.
Kenya (Harambee Stars)
Harambee Stars will be making a major comeback into the continental competition after almost fifteen years from the African stage. The last time Kenya qualified for AFCON was in 2004. Although they are underdogs on the international stage, they will be thirsty to make history.
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