By Angu Lesley
It’s 15 to the start of the 2021 Total Energies African Cup of Nations Tournament in Cameroon.
The 33rd edition of Africa’s flagship tournament will kick-off from January 9 and run to February 6 2022 across six host venues in Cameroon, hosting for the second time after a 50-year wait.
As preparations intensify for the 24 nations tournament,
These are the latest stories about or around the tournament for this Thursday December 24, 2021
Cameroon lose key element
The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon have been dealt a blow in their plans for the 2021 TotalErnegies African Cup of Nations. Their midfielder Jean Junior Emile Onana Onana has picked up an hamstring injury which puts him out of the tournament. He picked up the injury at his French Ligue 1 club Girondin of Bordeaux.
Defending Champions, four others release squads
AFCON holders Algeria put out their final squad for the upcoming tournament on Friday. Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City is the lead name in the collection.
Senegal and Mali have also named squads of stars.
Nigeria and Tunisia have named their squads this Saturday.
In all, 22 nations have named their squads or provisional squads for the tournament.
Black Stars open camp in Dubai
The Black Stars of Ghana have assemble in Dubai to begins preparations for next month’s tournament. Some members of the Ghana contingent left from Accra while the others are joining in from around the World.
Football Association of Malawi working on getting Babatunde
Nigerian-descent forward Adepoju Babatunde is keeping Malawi authorities busy as they engage in processing his documents to get him into their Tournament’s squad.
Extras for Malawi in Saudi
Football Association of Malawi have extra 11 persons to take care of their bills. They took a full complement of their AFCON delegation to camp in Jeddah- Saudi Arabia but their host had told them they will look after the bills of a 35-man delegation.
Ethiopia to arrive early
The Ethiopian delegation for the Total Energies African Cup of Nations 2021 will arrive Cameroon on Sunday December 26 via the Nsimalen International Airport.
The 1962 Champions will become the first nation to touchdown for the tournament. They are expected to face Sudan, Zimbabwe or Morocco in a friendly.
Olembe Omnisport Stadium reaches icing phase
Construction works at the Olembe Omnisport Stadium are in the final stages outside the ground. The facility itself is ready for January 9
First CAF delegation is in Cameroon
Some members of the official delegation of the Confederation of African Football, CAF arrived Cameroon on Friday to reinforce the team on ground in preparations for January 9.
Production and distribution of Accreditation intensify
There is increase production and distribution of Accreditation badges to the staff expected to be involved in the tournament at the level of the Yaounde and other sites.
Injury gets into the Egyptian camp
Veteran Egyptian defender Amr Mohamed Eid El Soleya pre-selected for the tournament has picked up an ankle injury that will keep him out for three weeks. The Al Ahly SC defender was injured in Wednesday’s Super Cup win.
Training of volunteers intensifies in Limbe and across
Training of volunteers staff for the 2021 Total Energies African Cup of Nations Tournament has become more intensive across the different sites of the country.
Nsimalen International Airport gets face-lift
One of Cameroon’s main international airport- the Nsimalen International Airport has been branded to meet the colours of the country and other Total Energies African Cup of Nations related affairs.
It is the Airport which will be used by the Ethiopia team arriving from Addis.
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