When is the CAN and when do the FPL players leave? Key dates for Liverpool, Chelsea and Man City
January represents the start of the CAN 2021 postponed in Cameroon where 24 nations will compete to become the best team on the continent. Here are the key dates for the departure and return of FPL players, including Mohammed Salah
The rescheduled 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) will finally take place early next year, where host Cameroon will face off alongside 23 other nations to win Africa’s most valuable trophy.
The tournament will start in 2022, on January 9 and will run until February 6, when the final will be played, lasting four weeks.
The matches will take place at six venues in five different cities in Cameroon, with the final taking place at the Olembe stadium with a capacity of 60,000 in the capital, Yaoundé.
With the tournament taking place during the domestic football season, there will be a number of Premier League players missing for their clubs in January and potentially even longer depending on their progress, meaning this could trigger a transfer window. loaded in January across Europe.
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Key dates for CAN matches and when players will leave and return
The tournament’s opening matches will take place on Sunday January 9 when hosts Cameroon face Burkina Faso and Ethiopia face Cape Verde in Group A – both at Olembe Stadium.
While Premier League players were originally scheduled to leave for CAN before Friday, December 31, 2021, this has now been postponed.
Prem players will now be able to stay with their clubs to participate in the remaining matches until Monday, January 3, 2022.
The group stage matches will last for 11 days, with the last matches taking place on Wednesday 20 January.
The round of 16 then takes place for the remaining two and a half weeks of the tournament.
The last 16 games will take place from January 23 to 26, before the quarter-finals on January 29 and 30.
The semi-finals will be played on February 2-3, while the third-place match and final will take place on Sunday February 6.
As hosts, Cameroon automatically qualified for the tournament and were placed in Group A accordingly, along with Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Cape Verde.
Group B is made up of Senegal, Zimbabwe, Guinea and Malawi, while Group C is made up of Morocco, Ghana, Comoros and Gabon.
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Group D includes Nigeria, Egypt, Sudan and Guinea-Bissasu and Group E will see defending champions Algeria take on Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire.
Finally, group F is made up of Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania and The Gambia.
The top two teams from each group will advance to the next round, along with the fourth highest ranked teams in 3rd place.
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CAN 2021 is slated to be televised on Eurosport and Eurosport HD – the same channel that has been used for previous editions of the tournament.
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As expected, hosts Cameroon, previous winners Algeria, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Egypt, Ivory Coast and Tunisia are among the strongest nations in the tournament and will be the favorites. to win the trophy.
Plenty of world class players will also be featured, with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Riyad Mahrez just a few of the incredible talents who will be looking to tear the tournament apart and succeed with their nations.
Algeria are definitely favorites to keep their 2019 title as it is.