Holders Algeria To Face Ivory Coast In Delayed African Cup Of Nation

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Algeria has been drawn in the group stage of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, which will be held in Cameroon next year, with past winners Ivory Coast. Algeria was drawn in Group E alongside Sierra Leone and Equatorial Guinea at a star-studded event in Yaounde on Tuesday.

The champions and runners-up in each of the six groups, as well as the best four third-placed teams, will advance to the knockout round of the competition, which runs from 9 January to 6 February and contains 24 teams. The draw was attended by a number of luminaries, including Caf president Patrice Motsepe, Cameroon great Roger Milla, and legends such as Didier Drogba, El Hadji Diouf, and Samuel Eto’o.

In other Group C news, Arsenal teammates Thomas Partey and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will face off after Partey’s Ghana was drawn against Aubameyang’s Gabon. The group includes debutants Comoros and top seeded Morocco.

Gambia, the other tournament newcomer, will be in Group F with Tunisia, Mali, and Mauritania. Nigeria, the three-time champion, will meet Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, Sudan, and Guinea-Bissau in Group D.

Senegal, led by Sadio Mane, will compete in Group B against Zimbabwe, Guinea, and Malawi after losing the 2019 final against Algeria.

Cameroon was placed in Group A with Ethiopia, Cape Verde, and Burkina Faso, with whom they will play in the opening match at Yaounde. The tournament will be held in two stadiums in Yaounde, as well as new or remodeled grounds in Bafoussam, Douala, Garoua, and Limbe.

Source: BBC Sport

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