2021 Africa Cup of Nations

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2021 Africa Cup of Nations
AFCON 2021
CAN 2021
Tournament details
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.[1] 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:[2]

Nation Last hosted
 Algeria 1990
 Ivory Coast 1984

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.[3] 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.[2] 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.[4]


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