BY Roland Muma, 11:26am December 08, 2014,

Africa’s Biggest Soccer Tournament Kicks Off January 17, 2015 in Equatorial Guinea


Cameroon (Face2faceafrica) The central Africa country of Equatorial Guinea will as from January 17th 2015, host Africa’s biggest football (soccer) competition, the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Draws for the competition that will be in its 30th edition were done on Wednesday in the Equator Guinean capital Malabo by the organizing body of the tournament; the Confederation of African Football (soccer); CAF.

According to the draws, 16 national soccer teams will be taking part in the competitions that have been drawn in 4 pools. The pools for AFCON 2015 looks like this:

Pool A                              Pool B                       Pool C                    Pool D
Equatorial Guinea         Zambia                     Ghana                    Ivory Coast
Burkina Faso                  Tunisia                      Algeria                   Mali
Gabon                             Cape Verde              South Africa          Cameroon
Congo                              DR Congo                Senegal                  Guinea

Host Equatorial Guinea will play the tournament’s opening game against the Republic of Congo. Surprisingly, some of Africa’s top squads like Nigeria who won the tournament last year and Egypt who has also won the trophy several times, failed to qualify for next year’s competition.

Equatorial Guinea came in as a last minute host of the competition after Morocco refused to host the tournament expressing fear over the Ebola virus.

Last Edited by:Sandra Appiah Updated: June 19, 2018


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