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AFCON 2021: The complete guide to all the stadiums

Wed 05 January 2022 | 11:30

The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations is upon us and since many are interested to watch this tournament from their home TVs, this article is for those who want to get all close and watch it from the stadium stands; welcome to AFCON 2021: The complete guide to all the stadiums.

The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (also known as AFCON 2021 or CAN 2021) is scheduled to be the 33rd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the biennial international men's football championship of Africa organized by the Confederation of African Football.

It will be known as the TotalEnergies 2021 Africa Cup of Nations due to sponsorship reasons (CAF). Cameroon will host the event, which will take place from January 9 to February 6, 2022.

The tournament was initially slated to take place in June and July 2021; however, the CAF stated on January 15, 2020, that owing to unfavorable weather conditions around that time, it would be moved to January 9 to February 6, 2021.

Following the consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak throughout the continent, the CAF relocated the event for the second time to January 2022 on 30 June 2020, although keeping the name 2021 Africa Cup of Nations for sponsorship purposes.

Algeria is the reigning champion, having won the competition in 2019.

With the Africa Cup of Nations expanding from 16 to 24 teams, at least six stadiums in five Cameroonian towns are scheduled to be utilized.

The Olembe Stadium and Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaoundé's capital, the Japoma Stadium in Douala, the Limbe Stadium in Limbe, the Kouekong Stadium in Bafoussam, and the Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua have been chosen to host matches.

A comprehensive article of AFCON 2021: The complete guide to all the stadiums

In this article of Afcon 2021 stadium guide, we are planning to familiarize you with the stadiums that have been chosen to host this magnificent tournament which is the African Cup of Nations 2022 (2021).

This article’s main purpose is to provide information about every stadium and take you on a ride inside the walls of the chosen stadiums. We should also mention that more articles about Afcon 2021 fixtures and results will be available on the website if you are interested.

And just before we get into the article be sure to check out

AFCON 2021 qualifiers groups

.

Without further ado let us hop into the article of African Cup of Nations 2022 stadiums.

Kouekong Stadium (Bafoussam)

The first venue has been selected from Bafoussam city, which is the capital and largest city in Cameroon's West Region. After Yaounde and Douala, it is Cameroon's third most significant (financially) city.

Kouekong Stadium is located in Bafoussam in Cameroon. Built in 2015, in the Kouékong district, it covers an area of three kilometers from the urban center, with a capacity of 20,000 seats.

Turnkey project, the Chinese company China National Machinery and Equipment Import and Export Corporation (CMEC) has achieved this stage. The building is constructed in such a way that spectators do not have unplanned contact with the athletes.

The stadium was inaugurated on Saturday, April 30, 2016, by the Cameroonian authorities. The fences, parking lots, and exterior access to the stadium have not yet been completed. He received his official name at the inauguration. To make this inauguration popular, the government is offering free tickets.

Now let’s see which matches of the African Cup of Nations 2022 will take place in this amazing stadium and which teams that are in AFCON 2021 qualifiers groups will play against each other.

  • Guinea-Malawi

  • Senegal-Guinea

  • Zimbabwe-Guinea

  • Malawi-Senegal

  • Two last 16 matches

Senegal

-Zimbabwe

Malawi-

Zimbabwe

Limbe Omnisport Stadium (Limbé)

Limbe Omnisport Stadium in Limbe, Cameroon, is a multi-purpose stadium. It is mostly utilized for football matches, although it also has athletics facilities.

The stadium has a capacity of 20,000 spectators. It was completed in 2012 and opened to the public on January 26, 2016. It is one of the world's few stadiums situated on a hill with a breathtaking view of the sea. The stadium will feature female football matches as part of its maiden international competition in November 2016.

Built at an elevation, the main entrance overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. What a beautiful view of an

African Cup of Nations 2022 stadium

.

The orientation of the structure respects the criterion of North-South alignment, a posture recommended in the construction of football fields, and which balances the propagation of the sun's rays on the athletes and promotes respect for sporting fairness.

Here is the list of possible fixtures which this arena will host for the African Cup of Nations 2022.

  • Tunisia-Mali

  • Mauritania-Gambia

  • Tunisia-Mauritania

  • Mali-Mauritania

  • Two last 16 matches

Gambia

-Mali

Gambia-

Tunisia

Roumdé Adjia Stadium (Garoua)

The Stade Roumdé Adjia in Garoua, Cameroon, is a multi-purpose stadium. It is now mostly used for football matches. Cotonsport Garoua uses it as a home ground.

The team was created in 1986 and competed in the lesser levels until 1992 when they were promoted to the Premier League of the country. Coton Sport has dominated local football since 1996, collecting eleven league titles along the way. The team finished second in the CAF Champions League in 2008, losing in the final against Al Ahly SC of Egypt.

This stadium is expected to be one of the venues for the 2021 African Cup of Nations. Mota-Engil, a Portuguese company, refurbished it.

In 2008, Mota-Engil was listed in the top 100 European construction firms, but it is now positioned in the top 30 European construction companies, and it is the only Portuguese company in the World Top 100.

Time to review the possible fixture list of the

African Cup of Nations 2022

matches that will take place in this marvelous arena. Which teams from AFCON 2021 qualifiers groups will face each other in this stadium of Garoua.

  • Sudan-Guinea Bissau

  • Nigeria-Sudan

  • Guinea Bissau-Egypt

  • Egypt-Sudan

  • One last 16 fixture

  • Quarterfinal #1

Nigeria-

Egypt

Guinea Bissau-

Nigeria

Ahmadou-Ahidjo Stadium (Yaoundé)

The Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaoundé, Cameroon, is a multi-purpose stadium. A multi-purpose stadium is one that is built to accommodate a variety of different events.

While each stadium has the ability to accommodate several sports or events, this term generally refers to a design philosophy that prioritizes multifunctionality above specialty. Baseball is played on a diamond with a big outfield, whereas football is played on a rectangular field (Canadian football fields are larger than American football fields).

This necessitates a specific shape that can handle both, which is typically an oval, but some later versions employed an octorad. While this kind of stadium construction allows sports clubs and governments to share costs, it also presents significant obstacles.

It is mostly utilized for football matches, although it also has athletics facilities. It was constructed in 1972. The stadium was refurbished in 2016 in preparation for the African Women's Cup of Nations. It has a seating capacity of 42,500 people.

Canon Yaoundé, Tonnerre Yaoundé, and the women's club Louves Minproff all call it home. The stadium is also home to the Cameroonian national football team, who in the 1980s garnered the stadium's record crowd of 120,000 for a football match.

A 105x68m natural grass playing surface, encircled by an 8-lane sports track, a Media Center, and a Media Tribune, make up the 40,122-seat complex.

Two training grounds that are complementary to world standards for team training, a gymnasium with 2,000 seats, a car park with 1,580 spaces, including 145 for individuals with restricted mobility, and a café complete out the infrastructure.

Which matches of the

African Cup of Nations 2022

you would possibly be able to watch in this stadium? Here is the list.

  • Comoros Gabon

  • Morocco-Comoros

  • Gabon-Ghana

  • Gabon-Morocco

  • One last 16 match

  • Third/Fourth Place play-off

Morocco

-Ghana

Ghana-

Comoros

Japoma Stadium (Douala)

Here is a famous one from the African Cup of Nations 2022 stadiums.

The Japoma Stadium (formal name: Stade Omnisports de Douala) is located in Douala's Japoma neighborhood. It will be a 50,000-seater stadium with basketball, handball, volleyball, and tennis courts, an eight-lane Olympic swimming pool, conference centers, commercial centers, a four-star luxury hotel, and a parking lot.

The stadium will mostly be used for football, although it will also have a track.

The Japoma Stadium is anticipated to cost roughly $232 million, with the Türk Eximbank funding 85 percent of the project.

During the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, it will also host some matches.

On February 21, 2017, the building of the Japoma Stadium began. The stadium is expected to be finished in 20 months.

The venues and strategy were created by AECOM Sports' UK unit. The Leonardo Cameroun Sarl, which is part of the Italian study Leonardo sarl of the architect Salvatore Re, has been entrusted with the project management.

On September 11, 2019, Yenigün Construction Industry said that the stadium will be finished on November 30, 2019.

This stadium will be the gladiatorial arena in which the following possible list of the matches of African Cup of Nations 2022 will take place.

  • Equatorial Guinea-Ivory Coast

  • Ivory Coast-Sierra Leone

  • Algeria-Equatorial Guinea

  • Sierra Leone-Equatorial Guinea

  • One last 16 match

  • Quarterfinal #2

  • Quarterfinal #4

  • Semifinal #1

Algeria-

Sierra LeoneIvory Coast

-Algeria

We deem it necessary to mention that the

Afcon 2021 fixtures and results

will be up on our website as soon as the games start.

Olembé Stadium (Yaoundé)

Last on the list of African Cup of Nations 2022 host stadiums is a sport complex with multiple facilities including the Paul Biya Stadium which is partially complete.

The Paul Biya Stadium, with a capacity of 60,000 seats (all covered), two training stadiums with 1,000 seats each, a gymnasium, handball, basketball, volleyball, tennis, an Olympic swimming pool, a 5-star hotel with 70 rooms, a shopping mall, a museum, and a cinema will be part of the future sports complex in Olembe, Cameroon.

The Paul Biya Stadium, named after President Paul Biya, is being built on a 34-hectare (84-acre) plot of land in the Olembe suburb of Yaounde, some 13 kilometers (8.1 miles) from the city center.

The stadium will be the largest in Cameroon, ninth-largest in Africa, and tied for tenth-largest in Africa after the Grand Stade de Casablanca is completed in 2025. The opening and closing ceremonies of the 33rd African Cup of Nations will be held at the Olembe Stadium in 2021.

The development of a stadium will most certainly rejuvenate the economy, neighborhood, and community, in addition to facilitating the holding of significant athletic events.

The stadium's accompanying amenities (cinemas, restaurants, hotels, stores, sports halls, and so on) provide value to the growing Olembe suburb and integrate it into the city. According to CAF projections for AFCON 2019, the stadium was intended to be finished by December 2018.

It is highly possible that the final of the African Cup of Nations 2022 will take place in this stadium, thus be sure to be there early if you want a ticket to the best match of this tournament. Now for the fixtures here is the possible list of the matches that will be held in this stadium.

  • Ethiopia-Cape Verde

  • Cameroon-Ethiopia

  • Cape Verde-Cameroon

  • Burkina Faso-Ethiopia

  • One last 16 match

  • Quarterfinal #3

  • Semifinal #2

  • Final

Cameroon-

Burkina FasoCape Verde

-Burkina Faso

Thank you for reading our article of total guide about the stadiums of this amazing tournament. Also, be sure to check out other articles about Afcon 2021 fixtures and results on the website.

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