The first day of qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations 2021 begins Wednesday, November 13. It is in November 2020 during the 6th and last day that we will know the 24 teams qualified for the next CAN.
Forty-eight countries are vying to be part of the 24 teams that will play in the final phase of the CAN 2021. We will know all the qualifiers after the six days of eliminations, organized by 2020.
Chad wants to believe it
Like Madagascar or Burundi during the last CAN, some nations will have the opportunity to qualify for the first time. The Chad led by Emmanuel Trégoat can count on Casimir Ninga, who will fight against Mali, Guinea, and Namibia. " We hope to make a good result to start well . We say that we also have our chance, "tells RFI the interested who begins with Namibia before receiving Mali.
The Comoros also dream of a first participation in a final phase. " Of course, it's going to be difficult to qualify. But if we start the competition well, anything can happen, "said striker Ali M'Madi. Amir Abdou's protégé, the coach, will have to come out of Group G, made up of Egypt, Kenya and Togo. The "Coelacanthes" move among the Togolese before receiving the Egyptians, a sacred challenge.
Other selections will want to stand out to clear the affront of not having participated in the last CAN in Egypt. Like Gabon, organizer of the 2017 edition and led by Patrice Neveu. " We approach these first two days with determination and lucidity, advance Patrice Neveu RFI. We meet a team that wants to improve its coat of arms (DRC) and then it will be necessary to continue with our trip to Angola. It takes serenity for the coming months because the playoff phase is long. That's why you have to win at home on the first day . Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and his teammates had shone in the last two friendly meetings of the Panthers. After winning against Burkina Faso (1-0), the Gabonese had managed the performance to beat Morocco (3-2).
The revenge of Togo
Also absent in 2019 in Egypt, Togo's Claude Le Roy, eliminated by Benin, will want to take revenge. Like Burkina Faso, finalist in 2013 and on the podium in 2017 (3rd).
And then, there are those who obviously have in mind the conquest of the title and who must absolutely not miss. Starting with the Algerians, outgoing African champions who could hang a third star in their jersey. The Greens are in Group H with Zambia, winner of the 2012 edition, Zimbabwe and Botswana.
For the regulars of the playoffs and the final phase, we can mention Senegal, vice-champion of Africa, who is still waiting on the top step of the podium. Gernot Rohr's Nigeria, third in 2019, Morocco's Vahid Halilhodzic who recalled Youssef El Arabi, and Ivory Coast's Ibrahim Kamara will be scrutinized. Tunisia, Cameroon, Ghana, South Africa or the DRC are also expected.
CAN 2021 Qualifiers: Calendar and Results