2021 Africa Cup of Nations
|Host country||Ivory Coast|
|Dates||January 2021 (expected)|
|Teams||16 (expected) (from 1 confederation)|
The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations is scheduled to be the 33rd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the football championship of Africa (CAF). The tournament is scheduled to be hosted by Ivory Coast. The competition is likely to be held in January 2021. The champion will qualify for the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup in Qatar.
After the CAF Executive Committee meeting on 24 January 2014, it was announced that there were three official candidates for the 2021 edition:
This list was different from the list of the host nation bids for both the 2019 and 2021 edition of the Cup of Nations as announced by CAF in November 2013, with Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon and Zambia also on the original list. All three official candidates also bid for hosting the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
The decision of the host country was postponed from early 2014 to grant each bidding country adequate time to receive the inspection delegation. After the final vote at the CAF Executive Committee meeting, on 20 September 2014, the CAF announced the hosts for the 2019, 2021 and 2023 AFCON tournaments: 2019 to Cameroon, 2021 to Ivory Coast, and 2023 to Guinea.
- "CAMEROON TO HOST 2019, COTE D'IVOIRE FOR 2021, GUINEA 2023". Confédération Africaine de Football. 20 September 2014.
- "Decisions made by the CAF Executive Committee, convened January 24th 2014". Cafonline.com. 26 January 2014.
- "Six nations submit bids for 2019 & 2021 Africa Cup of Nations". Goal.com. 27 November 2013.
- "Nations Cup: 2019, 2012 and shock 2023 hosts unveiled by Caf". BBC Sport. 20 September 2014.
- Africa Cup of Nations at CAFonline.com
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