BY SIMON NDIVE KALLA
Samuel Eto’o’s hand of luck has offered Cameron a better spot in the classification for the upcoming African Cup of Nations, AFCON billed for January 9 – February 6, 2022.
During the selection of ballots in group A, which Cameroon is leading, Eto’o selection of the two last team to make group A complete. The legend had the arduous task of selecting the last team in group A after Ivory Coast legend Didier Drogba had picked Ethiopia and Cape Verde, a side which has been giving the Indomitable Lions tough times. Eto’o had to complete group A with a team from pot 2 with heavyweights like Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso etc. Eto’o’s hand picked Burkina Faso considered the least feared.
The draws which were conducted by CAF on Tuesday August 17, 2021 will see team Cameroon to take on Burkina Faso in the opening game on January 9, 2022 at the Olembe stadium
Teams like Comoros and Gambia are making their debuts at Africa’s biggest tournament for the first time, while Sierra Leone return for the first time since 1996.
The defending champions, Algeria begin the defence of their title against Sierra Leone while they were also drawn alongside Equatorial Guinea and two-time winners Côte d’Ivoire.
Here is the full group stage draw:
Group A: Cameroon, Burkina Faso , Ethiopia, Cape Verde (Olembe in Yaounde)
Group B: Senegal , Zimbabwe , Guinea , Malawi (Amadou Ahidjo Stadium, Yde)
Group C: Morocco , Ghana, Comoros, Gabon (Bafoussam)
Group D: Nigeria, Egypt, Sudan, Guinea-Bissau (Garoua)
Group E: Algeria, Sierra Leone , Equatorial Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire (Japoma-Douala)
Group F: Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania , Gambia (Limbe, Buea)