The drawing lots of the 2022 African Cup of Nations hosted by Cameroon took place last Tuesday in Yaoundé. On that August 17th, former Ivorian striker Didier Drogba witnessed and participated to a drawing lots that will be interesting to see on the pitch, with a few fierce oppositions for the top teams of the continent.
The CAN 2022, postponed due to the coronavirus disease crisis and initially planned in 2021, will be held in Cameroon from January 9th to February 6th and will be the opportunity for the Lions to make it six after the trophies of 1984, 1988, 2000, 2002 and 2017. The Cameroonian squad led by Bayern Munich forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting inherited a A group quite accessible with Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Cape Verde. The Burkinabe team will be the first to open hostilities with Cameroon for the opening game on January 9th.
The champions in title will have to be ready on the spot and will enter the tournament with a lot to do since Algeria, who won the competition in 2019 (victory 1-0 over Senegal), has been put in a group which gathers Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone and Equatorial Guinea. The main struggle will be of course the confrontation against the Elephants.
What else shall be remembered? In the D group, Egypt and Nigeria will fight for the seat of the leader. Meanwhile, Ghana will be opposed to teams like Morocco and Gabon in the C group.
For Senegal, the finalist of the last edition, things will be less difficult to deal with, at least in the beginning, even though each game must be played and you can always come across a contender weaker on paper but that gives you real difficulties when on the pitch. The Lions will be in the B group with Guinea, Malawi and Zimbabwe.