African Cup qualification schedule for 2021 released

Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Egypt 2019 champions Algeria begin their journey to a third African crown at home against 2012 champions Zambia, when the qualifiers for the Cameroon 2021 spectacle begin in November.

Algeria, who beat Senegal 1-0 in the final on July 19 in Cairo, will then travel to Botswana for the second match day.

Meanwhile, Senegal, who want to continue the hunt for an inviting African title, will start their qualifying journey at home against Congo Brazaville in Dakar before Sadio Mane and fellow travel to eSwatini for their second elimination.

Elsewhere, the 2019 host and six-time champions Egypt begin their journey to another Cup of Nations home against the Harambee Stars of Kenya.

Madagascar, who made history in the first quarter-final in their first attempt in Egypt, will record a second consecutive qualification for the final tournament and start the long road to Cameroon with a home team against Ethiopia.

The Super Eagles in Nigeria who won bronze in Egypt 2019 will also start their campaign at home against another surprise package from Benin.

The first and second round matches will be played between 11 and 19 November, with the third and fourth round matches scheduled between 31 August and 8 September 2020.

Match day five of the group stage of the qualifiers will be played between 5 and 13 October 2020 with the final qualifying round scheduled between 9 and 17 November 2020.

The top two teams from each group qualify for the 2021 edition of the tournament.


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