Want to watch coverage of Africa’s biggest sporting event?
The Africa Cup of Nations is held every 2 years and isn’t watched by many, but we’ll show you how you can watch from New Zealand.
What is Africa Cup of Nations?
The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, also referred to as AFCON 2021, is, as of the time of writing, scheduled to be the 33rd event of the Africa Cup of Nations, an international football event that occurs every two years.
It is organised and run by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and will take place in Cameroon in June 2021. The previous AFCON took place in Egypt during 2019, where it was won by Algeria, who will be the defending champions for the 2021 event.
The candidate selection for the host country of the event occurred on the 24th of January 2014, by the CAF Executive Committee.
There were 6 bids, from Algeria, Guinea, Ivory Coast, DR Congo and Zambia, the former three of which were accepted to host events and the latter three rejected.
However, none of these countries were given the 2021 event, as later decisions made by the committee ultimately granted it to Cameroon.
How The Tournament Works?
The Africa Cup of Nations is the highest level of association football for the continent, currently participated in by 24 different countries in Africa.
The event first came to be in 1957, and began with only three countries, Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia. It has gradually grown and developed throughout the years, reaching 16 teams in 1998, and further changes in 2017 expanded the quantity to 24.
Since 2013, the event has been held every odd year, to ensure it does not clash with the FIFA World Cup.
The most successful country in the league’s history is Egypt, who have won it seven times, followed by Cameroon with 5.
Egypt won the title three consecutive times from 2006-2010, which was unprecedented, and has not been replicated since.
Africa Cup of Nations Qualification
The host country receives automatic qualification to the competition, however the remaining 23 teams must earn their spot via qualification tournaments. The 24 teams are drawn into six groups of four teams, competing against each other in a single round robin, which is known as the group stage.
Following this, the top two teams of each group, as well as the four best third-place teams make their way to the next phase, the round of 16, where the process is repeated, leading to the top 2 winners of each group competing in the quarter finals, the top four of the quarters in the semi finals and concluding with the finals.
Additionally, the two losing semi-final teams play against each other in a third-place playoff.
2019 Africa Cup of Nations
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations took place in Egypt, on July 19, and was won by Algeria, followed by runners up Senegal.
It was Algeria’s second title, their first occurring in 1990. Algeria put themselves in the lead within two minutes, thanks to a goal scored by Baghdad Bounedjah, whose goal attempt deflected significantly off Salif Sané and into the bottom corner of the net.
The remainder of the game saw little action and no more goals scored, thus Algeria winning the final and the competition 1-0.
Watch Africa Cup of Nations NZ
Unfortunately, despite the popularity around the world, there’s limited coverage of any games in NZ.
Some games are streamed on Bein Sports.
Another option is Kayo Sports in Australia.
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