The Africa Cup of Nations trophy
The 2022 Africa Cup of Nations has only just begun but already the tournament is proving as dramatic and exciting as ever.
A total of 24 African nations are competing in the event with some looking to add another tournament victory to their previous successes while others are aiming to get their hands on the trophy for the first time.
As with most International tournaments, the competition is held exclusively in one country across multiple venues.
Here is everything you need to know about where the 2022 AFCON is taking place, the host cities and the stadiums.
What country is the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations being held in?
Cameroon are hosting the Africa Cup of Nations this year, just the second time in history that the country has hosted the tournament.
The last time that Cameroon hosted the competition was 1972 where Congo won their one and only AFCON by beating Mali 3-2 in the final.
The host nation finished third that year, beating Zaire 5-2 in the third place play-off.
The tournament was originally scheduled to be played in 2021 but was moved back a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
What are the host cities of the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations?
Five cities across Cameroon are hosting matches during the 2022 AFCON.
The capital city of Yaoundé hosted the opening ceremony and will host the final.
Also hosting matches will be Douala, the largest city in the country with a population of 2.77 million, as well as Bafoussam, Limbe and Garoua.
Across the five citites there are six different stadiums hosting matches.
What stadiums are 2022 Africa Cup of Nations being played at?
Six different stadiums across the five cities are hosting matches at the 2022 AFCON.
The Olembe Stadium was built in 2018 and opened the competition. Named after president Paul Biya, the stadium ha a capacity of 60,000 and the overall complex also includes training grounds, a gymnasium, an Olympic swimming pool, a hotel, a shopping mall, a museum and a cinema.
It will be the venue for this year’s final and is one of two venues located in the capital city of Yaoundé.
The 50,000 Japoma Stadium, located in Douala, is the second largest venue this year and was constructed just one year before the Olemve Stadium in 2017.
The Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo is the second stadium located in Yaoundé which is hosting matches. It was built in 1972, has a capacity of 42,500 and is the home of clubs sides Canon Yaoundé, Tonnerre Yaoundé and Louves Minproff.
Most northerly of the six stadiums is the Roumdé Adjia Stadium is Garoua which has a capacity of 30,000. It was constructed in 1978 and is the home ground of club side Cotonsport Garoua.
The other two stadium’s hosting matches are the Kouekong Stadium in Bafoussam and the Limbe Stadium in Limbe which both have capacities of 20,000.
The Kouekong Stadium was opened in 2015 and the Limbe Stadium just one year later in 2016.
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