While there have been concerns over Cameroon's fitness to host the bilineal tournament, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced that the Africa Cup of Nations will remain in Cameroon country, in January.
This week, speculations arose that the AFCON could be relocated to Qatar or Morocco as a result of infrastructural delays in Cameroon – which aroused widespread alarm given that the country has already been stripped of the tournament in order to host the tournament in Egypt in 2019.
CAF president Patrice Motsepe, on the other hand, has urged calm and stated that Cameroon is "95 percent complete" in preparations for the 33rd edition of the continental extravaganza, which was also postponed by one year owing to the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic in Africa.
He also added that he was "assured" that Cameroon would host a "successful" event in accordance with the world-class standards anticipated of a continental football championship following his visit to the country earlier this year.
The AFCON Groups in full:
Group A: Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Cape Verde
Group B: Senegal, Zimbabwe, Guinea, Malawi
Group C: Morocco, Ghana, Comoros, Gabon
Group D: Nigeria, Egypt, Sudan, Guinea-Bissau
Group E: Algeria, Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast
Group F: Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania, Gambia
The competition is expected to take place between 9 January – 6 February 2022 within five cities of the West-Central African nation.
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