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AFCON 2024 fixtures and complete summary of activities

The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2024 is the 34th edition of the continental football tournament that showcases the best of African talent. The tournament will be hosted by Ivory Coast from January 13 to February 11, 2024, with 24 teams competing for the coveted trophy.

The Hosts

Ivory Coast, also known as Côte d’Ivoire, is a West African country with a population of about 26 million people. The country is famous for its cocoa production, its music and art, and its football stars such as Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure, and Wilfried Zaha.

Ivory Coast will host the AFCON for the third time, after 1984 and 2015. The country has six stadiums in four cities that will host the matches: Abidjan, Yamoussoukro, Bouake, and San Pedro. Abidjan, the largest city and the economic capital, will host the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the final match.

The Format

The 24 teams are divided into six groups of four, with the top two teams from each group and the four best third-placed teams advancing to the knockout stage. The knockout stage consists of the round of 16, the quarter-finals, the semi-finals, the third-place match, and the final.

The tournament will use the video assistant referee (VAR) system for the first time, following its successful implementation at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The Teams

The 24 teams that qualified for the AFCON 2024 are:

Group A: Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau

Group B: Egypt, Ghana, Cape Verde, Mozambique

Group C: Senegal, Cameroon, Guinea, The Gambia

Group D: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Angola, Mauritania

Group E: Tunisia, Mali, South Africa, Namibia

Group F: Morocco, DR Congo, Zambia, Tanzania

Some of the teams to watch out for are:

Morocco:

The reigning champions and the first African team to reach the semi-finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Morocco have a strong squad led by coach Walid Regragui and captain Hakim Ziyech. The Atlas Lions will aim to defend their title and make history by winning back-to-back AFCONs.

Senegal:

The runners-up of the 2019 AFCON and the 2022 FIFA World Cup quarter-finalists, Senegal have a talented and balanced team that features stars such as Sadio Mane, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Edouard Mendy. The Lions of Teranga will hope to end their long wait for their first AFCON title.

Egypt:

The record holders of the most AFCON titles (seven), Egypt have a rich history and a passionate fan base. The Pharaohs have a formidable attack led by Mohamed Salah, the 2022 FIFA World Cup Golden Boot winner, and a solid defense anchored by Ahmed Hegazi and Mohamed El-Shenawy.

Ivory Coast:

The hosts and the 2015 AFCON winners, Ivory Coast have a young and exciting team that includes players such as Nicolas Pepe, Franck Kessie, and Sebastien Haller. The Elephants will have the home advantage and the support of their fans as they aim to lift their third AFCON trophy.

The Schedule

The AFCON 2024 will kick off on January 13, 2024, with the opening match between Ivory Coast and Guinea-Bissau at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan. The group stage will last until January 24, with four matches played every day.

The round of 16 will start on January 27 and end on January 30, with two matches played every day. The quarter-finals will take place on February 2 and 3, with two matches played every day. The semi-finals will be held on February 7, with one match played in the afternoon and one in the evening.

The third-place match will be played on February 10, followed by the final on February 11, both at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan.

Here is the full schedule of the AFCON 2024 (all times are local):

Group Stage

DateMatchVenueTime
Saturday January 13Ivory Coast vs Guinea-BissauAlassane Ouattara Stadium, Abidjan8pm
Sunday January 14Nigeria vs Equatorial GuineaAlassane Ouattara Stadium, Abidjan2pm
Sunday January 14Egypt vs MozambiqueFelix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium, Abidjan5pm
Sunday January 14Ghana vs Cape VerdeFelix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium, Abidjan8pm
Monday January 15Senegal vs The GambiaCharles Konan Banny Stadium, Yamoussoukro2pm
Monday January 15Cameroon vs GuineaYamoussoukro5pm
Monday January 15Algeria vs AngolaStade de la Paix, Bouake8pm
Tuesday January 16Burkina Faso vs MauritaniaBouake2pm
Tuesday January 16Tunisia vs NamibiaAmadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium, Korhogo5pm
Tuesday January 16Mali vs South AfricaKorhogo8pm
Wednesday January 17Morocco vs TanzaniaLaurent Pokou Stadium, San Pedro5pm
Wednesday January 17DR Congo vs ZambiaSan Pedro8pm
Thursday January 18Equatorial Guinea vs Guinea-BissauAlassane Ouattara Stadium, Abidjan2pm
Thursday January 18Ivory Coast vs NigeriaAlassane Ouattara Stadium, Abidjan5pm
Thursday January 18Egypt vs GhanaFelix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium, Abidjan8pm
Friday January 19Cape Verde vs MozambiqueFelix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium, Abidjan2pm
Friday January 19Senegal vs CameroonYamoussoukro5pm
Friday January 19Guinea vs The GambiaYamoussoukro8pm
Saturday January 20Algeria vs Burkina FasoBouake2pm
Saturday January 20Mauritania vs AngolaBouake5pm
Saturday January 20Tunisia vs MaliKorhogo8pm
Sunday January 21Morocco vs DR CongoSan Pedro2pm
Sunday January 21Zambia vs TanzaniaSan Pedro5pm
Sunday January 21South Africa vs NamibiaKorhogo8pm
Monday January 22Equatorial Guinea vs Ivory CoastAlassane Ouattara Stadium, Abidjan5pm
Monday January 22Guinea-Bissau vs NigeriaFelix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium, Abidjan5pm
Monday January 22Cape Verde vs EgyptFelix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium, Abidjan8pm
Monday January 22Mozambique vs GhanaAlassane Ouattara Stadium, Abidjan8pm
Tuesday January 23The Gambia vs CameroonBouake5pm
Tuesday January 23Guinea vs SenegalYamoussoukro5pm
Tuesday January 23Angola vs Burkina FasoYamoussoukro8pm
Tuesday January 23Mauritania vs AlgeriaBouake8pm
Wednesday January 24Namibia vs MaliSan Pedro5pm
Wednesday January 24South Africa vs TunisiaKorhogo5pm
Wednesday January 24Tanzania vs DR CongoKorhogo8pm
Wednesday January 24Zambia vs MoroccoSan Pedro8pm

Knockout Stage

DateMatchVenueTime
Thursday January 27Round of 16: 1A vs 3B/C/DAlassane Ouattara Stadium, Abidjan5pm
Thursday January 27Round of 16: 2B vs 2FFelix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium, Abidjan8pm
Friday January 28Round of 16: 1B vs 3A/C/DFelix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium, Abidjan5pm
Friday January 28Round of 16: 1F vs 2ELaurent Pokou Stadium, San Pedro8pm
Saturday January 29Round of 16: 2A vs 2CAlassane Ouattara Stadium, Abidjan5pm
Saturday January 29Round of 16:.

Who Will Win AFCON 2024 ?

The AFCON 2024 promises to be a thrilling and competitive tournament, with many teams capable of challenging for the title. Morocco, Senegal, Egypt, and Ivory Coast are among the favorites, but there could be some surprises and upsets along the way.

Who do you think will win the AFCON 2024? Share your predictions and opinions in the comments section below. And don’t forget to tune in to watch the action unfold from January 13 to February 11, 2024.

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