BY Etienne Mainimo
In less than 72 hours, different nations expected to take part in the TotalEnergies African Cup of Nations, AFCON Cameroon 2021 will know their opponents when the draws are conducted in Cameroon’s capital city, Yaounde.
Scheduled to take place on August 17, the 24 participating teams will be divided into six groups of four teams each. Ahead of the draws, tongues are waging at various joints across the city.
From drinking spots to some play-grounds in the neighbourhood, everyone is anxious to see which team will play against Cameroon in the upcoming AFCON.
“I am really very anxious to see which teams will be placed to play against Cameroon but I have the fear that Cameroon is going to have a very difficult group. All the teams to participate are not small team and foreseeing my country to be in a tough group,” James Bondi said.
To Edwin, “Cameroon is going to have a good opponents and I have the strong believe that we are going to go far in the competition. I will not be happy to see some of the big football names like Egypt and others in Cameroon’s group. Let us meet them in the second round.”
In a drinking spot, Stella says, “Let us wait and see what will happen on Tuesdays. We love to see our country in a good group but whatever comes out; we will accept it and deal with squarely. We are Cameroonians and noting is impossible.”
In the meantime, 24 qualified teams including host Cameroon will be allocated to four pots of six teams each, based on the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.
The top four teams will be allocated to Pot 1 along with the hosts, Cameroon and title holders Algeria. The remaining 18 teams will be allocated to the three remaining pots.
Host, Cameroon will be pre-assigned to position A1. The remaining five teams in pot 1 will automatically be drawn into position one of each group.