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African Cup of Nations betting: All you need to know

Soccer fans across Africa and beyond have had to wait patiently for the latest edition of the continent’s greatest tournament. But at last, after a 12-month delay because of Covid-19, here it is. The African Cup of Nations 2021 dates are January 9 to February 2022 – bring it on.

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African Cup of Nations: Previous winners

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2019
Winners

Algeria

Algeria landed the African Cup of Nations for the second time in their history with a 1-0 victory over Senegal in Cairo. Baghdad Bounedjah’s deflected second-minute shot from long range was enough to seal the trophy for a side who overcame the Ivory Coast and Nigeria to reach the final.

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2019
Golden Boot Winner

Odion Ighalo (Nigeria)

Odion Ighalo, who had moved from Watford to Chinese soccer more than two years previously, found the net five times during the tournament. His goals took Nigeria all the way to the semi-finals and a third-place finish – and helped to secure a loan move six months later to the club he had supported as a boy, Manchester United.

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2019
Golden Ball Winner

Rais M’Bolhi (Algeria)

Algeria’s progress to the trophy was founded on the outstanding performances in goal of Rais M’Bolhi. In seven matches, the French-born 33-year-old goalkeeper conceded just two goals – and won the Man of the Match award in the final against Senegal. It was the crowning moment in a career that had seen M’Bolhi play in several leagues around the world.

African Cup of Nations 2021: Most popular markets

The battle to win the African Cup of Nations 2021 is certain to be intense and there are several leading contenders at the head of the Afcon betting for the tournament winner. Egypt, propelled by the goals of Liverpool’s Mo Salah, are likely to start as favorites. They have won the tournament a record seven times, although their last win was as long ago as 2010. Egypt cruised through the Afcon qualifiers, conceding only three goals in their unbeaten Group G campaign.

Ghana has not won the trophy since their fourth triumph in 1982 but will have plenty of supporters after topping their Afcon qualifiers group ahead of Sudan. Senegal, runners-up in 2019, were the first team to reach the finals through the Afcon qualifiers and have strong hopes of going one better this time. Ivory Coast, twice winners in the past, will also have plenty of supporters in the Afcon betting. As will Cameroon, hosts and five-time champions – although no host nation has won the trophy since Egypt in 2006.

Where will African Cup of Nations 2021 be held?

Cameroon, 9th January 2022 – 6th February 2022

Cameroon was originally awarded the honor of hosting the 2019 tournament, but in 2018 the decision was made to switch them to the African Cup of Nations 2021 instead. The event was then postponed for 12 months because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The event will no doubt get a warm welcome from the people of Cameroon, which has hosted the event once before, in 1982. Cameroon has been African Cup of Nations champions five times, and in 1990 became the first African nation to reach the quarter finals of the FIFA World Cup.

African Cup of Nations 2021 stadiums

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Olembe Stadium

This newly constructed ground in the capital Yaounde, named after long serving Cameroon president Paul Biya, will hold 60,000 fans and will undoubtedly be packed when the hosts open the African Cup of Nations 2021 against Burkina Faso. They will hope Cameroon are back when the venue stages the final a few weeks later.

African Cup of Nations winners table

Six of the countries competing at the tournament have won the trophy more than once:

NationWinsMost recent win
Egypt72010
Cameroon52010
Ghana41982
Nigeria32013
Algeria22019
Ivory Coast22015

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