Domestic membership seasons could also be in full swing proper now, however a competition of worldwide soccer will kick off the 2024 schedule. As Qatar prepares to host the AFC Asian Cup on January 12, Côte d’ Ivory is able to host the African Cup of Nations, ranging from 13 January 2024.
The West African nation was initially awarded the competitors in 2021, however needed to wait one other three years to host the AFCON. The 2024 matches will happen in Cameroon, in six totally different stadiums, in areas resembling Abidjan, Bouake, Korhogo, San Pedro and Yamoussukoro.
The event draw occurred in October 2023, dividing the groups into six thrilling teams. Host nation Ivory Coast is in Group A alongside Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea and Guinea-Bissau.
Egypt, looking for redemption from their last defeat two years in the past, will start their marketing campaign in Group B in opposition to Ghana, Cape Verde and Mozambique. Meanwhile, defending champions Senegal will start their title protection in opposition to five-time winners Cameroon, Guinea and Gambia in Group C.
Former Manchester City and Al-Ahli striker Riyad Mahrez might be one of the most notable gamers participating. He will captain Algeria to face Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Angola in Group D.
In Group E, Tunisia drew with Mali, South Africa and Namibia and are one of the favorites to do nicely in the event.
Morocco remains to be flying excessive after their historic World Cup success in Qatar by being the first African staff to achieve a semi-final. In Group F, Morocco will face the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia and Tanzania, trying to safe their first event victory since 1976. Despite that solitary victory, the Atlas Lions are one of the favorites to carry the trophy this time.
African soccer podcast host and author Maher Mahzi instructed FOOTBALL NOW that they’re a quickly rising drive in the world of soccer.
“They are a really sturdy staff there. But I feel what makes this staff spectacular is the unity and cohesion they’ve inside the staff, the coach and the followers. They are all pushing. And even at the federal degree, nobody has a staff with the finest soccer infrastructure and rock on the continent. The coach is one of the youngest rising stars on the African continent, a frontrunner and a very good man. And then everybody is aware of how they need to play soccer.”
Many followers will watch the AFCON attributable to the quantity of African stars taking part. The expertise on the area ensures viewership for broadcasters in Africa and round the world. According to BeIn Sport, the 2019 AFCON last between Senegal and Egypt reached document numbers, with over 90 million individuals tuning in to the Middle East-based broadcaster.
BBC soccer commentator Mark Scott has commented on three Africa Cup of Nations tournaments for the British channel and is aware of what it means for the taking part nations:
“I feel actually, in phrases of curiosity in England, it is getting larger and greater, and that is as a result of so many Premier League stars at the moment are taking part. And we have had an inflow of a lot good African expertise into the English prime division. Just look the scenes from the final AFCON, how a lot it dominated the panorama, not solely in the host nations, but additionally in all African nations. It’s a extremely enormous deal. And I feel you have a look at the groups which are on show, and it is actually laborious to name them .”
Egypt is the most profitable staff in the Africa Cup of Nations. The Pharaohs boast a outstanding document of seven championships, securing victory in three consecutive tournaments from 2006 to 2010. Once once more, all eyes will be on their legendary striker, Mohamed Salah. Who has loved vital success with Liverpool since arriving in 2017. However, Salah, often known as ‘The Egyptian King’, is but to carry a serious worldwide trophy with Egypt.
“I feel he carries the weight of Egypt firmly on his shoulders. Endowed with the best will in the world, he’s head and shoulders above many of his compatriots in phrases of talent. He is one of the finest gamers in the world. And with that, earlier than taking part in a event, there may be a lot focus and a spotlight on him.
So the strain is on for all 24 taking part nations. Will Senegal retain the title and carry the trophy for a 3rd time, or will we see a brand new staff crown the Africa Cup of Nations? The event takes place from January 13 to February 11, 2024.