Africa Cup of Nations: CAF reveal dates for 2021 AFCON draw & tournament

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Following the final rounds of qualifying for the AFCON last month, CAF has announced that the draw for the group stages of the tournament will take place on 25 June, following Sierra Leone and Benin's rescheduled clash, while the tournament will commence on 9 January 2022.

"The Executive Committee unanimously approved the proposed dates for the organization of the draw (June 25, 2021) and the Total Africa Cup of Nations 2021 Cameroon final tournament (January 9 to February 6, 2022)," the governing body said in an official statement on Wednesday. 

Apart from the decider between Sierra Leone and Benin, the other 23 spots for the tournament have been confirmed and includes hosts Cameroon and reigning champions Algeria, as well newcomers Comoros and Gambia, who will both be making their first-ever appearance at the finals.

Equatorial Guinea
Equatorial Guinea
Algeria
Algeria
Gabon
Gabon
Senegal
Senegal
Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe
Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso
Gambia
Gambia
Egypt
Egypt
Ghana
Ghana
Comoros
Comoros
Guinea
Guinea
Mali
Mali
Tunisia
Tunisia
Cameroon
Cameroon
Morocco
Morocco
Nigeria
Nigeria
Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast
Sudan
Sudan
Malawi
Malawi
Mauritania
Mauritania
Ethiopia
Ethiopia
Guinea-Bissau
Guinea-Bissau
Cape Verde
Cape Verde