Napoli should manage without Osimhen, Liverpool without Salah, and German association pioneer Bayer Leverkusen will be without four players — Victor Boniface (Nigeria), Amine Adli (Morocco), Odilon Kossounou (Ivory Coast) and Edmond Tapsoba (Burkina Faso) — possibly sabotaging its offered to pip Bayern Munich to the Bundesliga title.
Security will again be an issue after eight individuals were killed and 38 harmed in an arena squash at the last version in Cameroon.
The 24-group competition will highlight six gatherings, with games spread across six arenas in five urban communities, with the last to be played at the Alassane Ouattara Arena in Abidjan on Feb. 12. The main two in each gathering and the four best third-put groups will advance to the knockout stage.
Here is a glance at the six gatherings.
Bunch A (IVORY COAST, NIGERIA, Central GUINEA, GUINEA-BISSAU)
Have country Ivory Coast and Guinea-Bissau play the competition’s initial game on Saturday, with Nigeria playing Central Guinea the following day. Ivory Coast then, at that point, has three-time champion Nigeria on Jan. 18 for a game that could conclude which group best the gathering.
Nigeria is generally among the competition top picks yet hasn’t won starting around 2013. Osimhen will lead the “Super Falcons” on their twentieth appearance, upheld by a cast that incorporates Leverkusen’s Boniface and AC Milan’s Samuel Chukwueze.
Ivory Coast is holding back nothing title and is driven by Borussia Dortmund forward Sébastien Haller, who defeated testicular disease last year however has battled up until this point this season with only two objectives in 14 appearances. Donning Lisbon’s 20-year-old protector Ousmane Diomande is a player to watch.
Tropical Guinea and Guinea-Bissau are both showing up at the competition.
All the gathering games will be played in Abidjan, Ivory Coast’s biggest city.
Bunch B (EGYPT, GHANA, CAPE VERDE, MOZAMBIQUE)
Egypt and Ghana are the heavyweights in this gathering, and they play each other in a potential gathering decider on Jan. 18. Ghana’s “Dark Stars” will be trained by previous Ireland global Chris Hughton. Athletic Bilbao forward Iñaki Williams had the option to join the group subsequent to recuperating from ailment.
Cape Verde and Mozambique are showing up, individually.
All games will be played in Abidjan.
Bunch C (SENEGAL, CAMEROON, GUINEA, GAMBIA)
Senegal faces a troublesome undertaking to hold its title and first needs to explore a gathering that incorporates five-time champion Cameroon.
Senegal is again driven by Mané, the star of the group who passed up the World Cup last year in light of a leg injury supported while playing for Bayern Munich without further ado before the competition in Qatar. The 31-year-old Mané has since joined Saudi Bedouin group Al Nassr.
The “Unyielding Lions” of Cameroon are getting back to where they won the first of their five titles in 1984, having completed third quite a while back. Beşiktaş forward Vincent Aboubakar, the top scorer at the 2021 Africa Cup with eight objectives, is group chief. Manchester Joined goalkeeper André Onana is back, having stopped the group subsequent to being sent home from the World Cup following a question with mentor Rigobert Melody.
Guinea is showing up and will depend on Stuttgart forward Serhou Guirassy for objectives after he began the season by mesh multiple times in 14 Bundesliga appearances.
Gambia is showing up arriving at the quarterfinals in 2021.
All games will be played in Yamoussoukro, with the exception of Gambia versus Cameroon on Jan. 23 in Bouaké.
Bunch D (ALGERIA, BURKINA FASO, MAURITANIA, ANGOLA)
Notwithstanding having a gifted group driven by previous Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez, Algeria mentor Djamel Belmadi has made light of his group’s possibilities of a third Africa Cup title. Algeria left at the gathering stage in the last competition, then neglected to meet all requirements for the World Cup.
Burkina Faso is searching for its most memorable title at the thirteenth endeavor, drove from the back by tranquil Leverkusen safeguard Edmond Tapsoba, one of the German group’s central participants this season.
The “Steeds” completed fourth in 2021 subsequent to setting third at the past competition and sprinter up in 2013.
Every one of the games will be played in Bouaké, aside from Burkina Faso versus Angola in Yamoussoukro on Jan. 23.
Bunch E (TUNISIA, MALI, SOUTH AFRICA, NAMIBIA)
Both Tunisia and South Africa are going for their subsequent titles after wins in 2004 and 1996, separately.
Tunisia will seek experienced skipper Youssef Msakni for objectives and is solid in midfield with Eintracht Frankfurt’s Ellyes Skhiri, Manchester Joined’s Hannibal Mejbri and Association Berlin’s Aïssa Laïdouni giving the stage to the group’s assault.
South Africa will be driven by Percy Tau, a forward who plays for Egyptian club Al Ahly, while veteran Themba Zwane was remembered for the crew after he was at first disregarded by Belgian mentor Hugo Broos.
Broos, who drove Cameroon to the title in 2017, said it had been a misstep to preclude the now 34-year-old Zwane when he assumed control over the “Bafana” in May 2021, yet that he had been attempting to focus on more youthful players at that point.
Mali is showing up and Namibia its fourth.
The games will be played in Korhogo, with the exception of Namibia versus Mali in San Pedro on Jan. 24.
Bunch F (MOROCCO, CONGO, ZAMBIA, TANZANIA)
Subsequent to turning into the principal African group to arrive at the World Cup elimination rounds in Qatar last year, Morocco is presently wanting to add simply its subsequent Africa Cup title.
Walid Regragui’s group crushed Belgium, Spain and Portugal prior to losing to possible finalist France at the World Cup in Qatar.
Regragui was under a half year old when the “Map book Lions” won their main Africa Cup in 1976. Presently he’s focusing on a rehash, helped by Paris Holy person Germain star Achraf Hakimi from the back.
Congo is participating for the twentieth time and is offering for a third title after wins in 1968 and 1974.
Zambia, which won the prize in 2012, is trained by Avram Award, who directed Ghana to the last in 2015, then fourth spot two years after the fact.
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has coordinated VP Kashim Shettima to lead an official group to the finals of the African Cup of Countries (AFCON) in Côte d’Ivoire.
The VP had likewise addressed the President at the semi-finals when the Super Falcons crushed South Africa in a throbbing experience last Wednesday, February 7. The Nigerian public group is set to confront have, Côte d’Ivoire, in an outright exhilarating rematch at the Alassane Ouattara Arena in Abidjan on Sunday, February 11.
The match will revive the recollections of Nigeria’s 1-0 triumph in the gathering stage got through Chief William Troost-Ekong’s punishment.