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In which stadiums will the Africa Cup of Nations 2022 (2021) be played?

| by Kevin Richard

image In which stadiums will the Africa Cup of Nations 2022 (2021) be played?
The 33rd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations will be played from January 9 to February 6, 2022. The tournament is hosted in Cameroon and brings together Africa's best teams and players. But at what venues will the Africa Cup matches be held? Let's look at the grounds that will be hosting all the matches.

In which stadiums will the Africa Cup of Nations 2022 (2021) be played?

The Africa Cup of Nations 2021 will be played in 6 different host cities in Cameroon, which are spread across the country. With stadium capacities going up to 60,000 spectators and newly built stadiums, it will undoubtedly be a tournament that is played in fantastic surroundings.

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Kouekong Stadium - Bafoussam

Kouekong Stadium - 2022 AFCON

The omnisport stadium Kouekong (Bafoussam) was built in 2015 and will be the smallest stadium in which this Africa Cup of Nations 2021 will be played. The stadium has a capacity of 20,000 seats and is located in the middle of the country. The Kouekong Stadium will be the theatre in which the matches from group B will be played. Sadio Mané and his country Senegal will play three matches in Bafoussam (against Zimbabwe, Guinea and Malawi).

The matches to watch:

  • Senegal-Zimbabwe
  • Guinea-Malawi
  • Senegal-Guinea
  • Malawi-Zimbabwe
  • Zimbabwe-Guinea
  • Malawi-Senegal
  • Two last 16 matches

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Omnisport Stadium - Limbé

Limbé Stadium - 2022 AFCON

The Omnisport Stadium in Limbé was officially opened in 2014 and is the second smallest stadium at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. The stadium has 20,000 seats and is located in the west of Cameroon. The countries that are classified in group F, Tunisia, Gambia, Mauritania and Mali, will finish their group matches in Limbé.

The matches to watch:

  • Tunisia-Mali
  • Mauritania-Gambia
  • Gambia-Mali
  • Tunisia-Mauritania
  • Gambia-Tunisia
  • Mali-Mauritania
  • Two last 16 matches

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Roumdé Adjia Stadium - Garoua

Roumdé Adjia Stadium - 2022 AFCON

The Roumdé Adjia Stadium was renovated in 2020, especially for this Africa Cup of Nations, and has a capacity of between 25,000 and 30,000 spectators. The stadium is located in the north of Cameroon. The teams from group D, Nigeria, Egypt, Sudan and Guineé-Bissau, will play their group matches in this stadium. There is a good chance that Mohamed Salah will score his first goals at the Africa Cup of Nations in Garoua. The other three countries are also interesting to follow.

The matches to watch:

  • Nigeria-Egypt
  • Sudan-Guinea Bissau
  • Nigeria-Sudan
  • Guinea Bissau-Egypt
  • Guinea Bissau-Nigeria
  • Egypt-Sudan
  • One last 16 fixture
  • Quarterfinal #1

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Ahmadou-Ahidjo Stadium - Yaoundé

Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium - 2022 AFCON

The Ahmadou-Ahidjo Stadium in Yaoundé is the scene of Group C, which includes Morocco, Ghana, Comoros and Aubameyang's Gabon. With a capacity of around 40,000 seats, this stadium from 1972 (with renovations in 2005 and 2016) is certainly worth a visit.

The matches to watch:

  • Morocco-Ghana
  • Comoros Gabon
  • Morocco-Comoros
  • Gabon-Ghana
  • Gabon-Morocco
  • Ghana-Comoros
  • One last 16 match
  • Third/Fourth Place play-off

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Japoma Stadium - Douala

Japoma Stadium - 2022 AFCON

The omnisport stadium Japoma in Douala was built from 2017 to 2019 and can accommodate up to 50,000 football supporters. This indoor stadium is one of the most beautiful stadiums of the Africa Cup of Nations. The countries from group E, Algeria, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone and Equatorial Guinea. The battle between Algeria and Ivory Coast is one of the big posters in the group stage of the Africa Cup of Nations and will be played in the Japoma Stadium.

The matches to watch

  • Algeria-Sierra Leone
  • Equatorial Guinea-Ivory Coast
  • Ivory Coast-Sierra Leone
  • Algeria-Equatorial Guinea
  • Ivory Coast-Algeria
  • Sierra Leone-Equatorial Guinea
  • One last 16 match
  • Quarterfinal #2
  • Quarterfinal #4
  • Semifinal #1

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Olembé Stadium - Yaoundé

Olembe Stadium - 2022 AFCON

Finally, the biggest and most beautiful stadium of the competition. The Olembé Stadium in Yaoundé has a capacity of 60,000 seats and will be the setting for the opening game and the final of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. In the group stage, the Olembé Stadium is also the stadium in which host country Cameroon takes on Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Cape Verde. Will this stadium bring the Indomitable Lions good luck?

The matches to watch

  • Cameroon-Burkina Faso
  • Ethiopia-Cape Verde
  • Cameroon-Ethiopia
  • Cape Verde-Burkina Faso
  • Cape Verde-Cameroon
  • Burkina Faso-Ethiopia
  • One last 16 match
  • Quarterfinal #3
  • Semifinal #2
  • Final

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Home advantage for Cameroon?

Playing an important tournament in your own country is an advantage in the eyes of many football experts. But is this really the case? When we look at the history, we see that the host country won 11 of the 32 editions. An interesting average, but again not so convincing to say that it is a run-down case. The pressure of the media? Bad luck? It's hard to say if Cameroon really benefits from playing at home. Other countries such as Senegal and Algeria are of course not to be underestimated and have a lot of quality in the team. What do you think?

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