AFCON 2021: Know The AFCON Venues in Cameroon

The AFCON venues for the prestigious tournament has been unveiled .The countdown to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations started on Tuesday with the draws for the group stage of the competition held in Cameroon.

Aside from knowing the team that will participate, the venues of the games is also of importance to the fans who will fill the stands, hopefully, if certain restrictions are lifted.

The Cameroonians have had a critical preparation for the tournament having initially been scheduled to host the 2019 African only to be stripped of the hosting rights and given to Egypt.

Cameroon hosting the AFCON2021 means Ivory Coast, original hosts of 2021, will host the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, and Guinea, original hosts of 2023, will host the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations.

AFCON 2021: Know The AFCON Venues in Cameroon

With 24 teams expected six venues and stadia prepared for the January/February 2022 dates for the competition and in this write-up will take a look at the six stadiums.

AFCON 2021: Know The AFCON Venues in Cameroon

Japoma Stadium
Douala
Capacity : 50,000
Owners : Government
Opened : Not yet opened.

The stadium is a brand new stadium constructed ahead of the 2021 AFCON with 50,000 capacity and a grass surface.

Construction started in 2017 and has since been completed but yet to be opened due to COVID-19 situation.

Japoma will host group E matches with Algeria, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone and Equatorial Guinea all playing their group stage matches at the venue except Serria Leone v Equatorial Guinea.

It will also host, R16, quarter final and semi-final fixtures.

Japoma Stadium Fixtures.
11 January 2022 – 14:00 – Algeria v Sierra Leone
12 January 2022 – 20:00 – Equatorial Guinea v Ivory Coast
16 January 2022 – 17:00 – Ivory Coast v Sierra Leone
16 January 2022 – 20:00 – Algeria v Equatorial Guinea
20 January 2022 – 17:00 – Ivory Coast v Algeria

AFCON 2021: Know The AFCON Venues in Cameroon

Paul Biya Stadium
Yaounde
Capacity : 60,000
Owners : Government
Opened : Not yet
Paul Biya stadium is also a newly built stadium named after one of the prominent persons in Cameroon, President Paul Biya.

It will be the home of group A fixtures and Cameroon will have all it’s game at the stadium at the group stage.

It is also one of the two Yaounde stadiums that will be used but it will be the stadium for the opening and final matches.

9 January 2022 -17:00 – Cameroon v Burkina Faso
9 January 2022 – 20:00 – Ethiopia v Cape Verde
13 January 2022 – 17:00 -Cameroon v Ethiopia
13 January 2022 – 20:00 – Cape Verde v Burkina Faso
17 January 2022 – 17:00 – Cape Verde v Cameroon

AFCON 2021: Know The AFCON Venues in Cameroon

Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo
Yaounde
Capacity : 42,000
Tenants : Cameroon
Opened: 1972
The traditional home of the Cameroonian national team would also host games at its over 42,000 capacity.

It was one of the two stadiums that hosted the 2016 African Women’s Championship.
However, the stadium which was renovated recently in 2016 will host games involving Group C tenants including debutants Comoros, Ghana and Morocco.

10 January 2022 – 17:00 – Morocco v Ghana
10 January 2022 – 20:00 -Comoros v Gabon
14 January 2022 – 17:00 – Morocco v Comoros
14 January 2022 – 20:00 – Gabon v Ghana
18 January 2022 – 20:00 -Gabon v Morocco

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AFCON 2021: Know The AFCON Venues in Cameroon

Roumdé Adjia Stadium
Garoua
Capacity : 18,000
Tenants : Cotonsports
Opened : 1978

Home of Cameroon’s biggest Football club will also be home to two of Africa’s biggest national teams when the 2021 AFCON starts.

Record winners of AFCON, Egypt and three time winners, Nigeria will share the stadium and play their first group game at the stadium.

11 January 2022 – 17:00 – Nigeria v Egypt
11 January 2022 – 20:00 -Sudan v Guinea-Bissau
15 January 2022 – 17:00 – Nigeria v Sudan
15 January 2022 – 20:00 Guinea-Bissau v Egypt
19 January 2022 – 20:00 – Guinea-Bissau v Nigeria

AFCON 2021: Know The AFCON Venues in Cameroon

Kouekong Stadium
Bafoussam
Capacity : 20,000
Owners
Opened : 2016

Group B will have it games played in Bafoussam at the 20,000 capacity Kouekong stadium which was constructed in 2015 and opened a year later.

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AFCON 2021: Know The AFCON Venues in Cameroon

Limbe Stadium
Limbe
Capacity : 20,000
Owners :
Opened : 2016

Built in 2012 and only opened in 2016, the Limbe stadium may not have the most beautiful architecture but it has one of the best views from inside the stadium

The stadium will house Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania and new comers the Gambia and was one of the two stadiums which hosted the African Women’s Championship in 2016.

12 January 2022 – 14:00 – Tunisia v Mali
12 January 2022 – 17:00 – Mauritania v Gambia
16 January 2022 – 14:00 – Gambia v Mali
16 January 2022 – 17:00 – Tunisia v Mauritania
20 January 2022 – 20:00 -Gambia v Tunisia

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