In a much-anticipated announcement, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) officially unveiled the match schedule for the 34th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) on Friday.
The draw for this biennial competition, a highlight on the African sports calendar, was conducted in Abidjan just last week, igniting excitement and speculation across the continent.
AFCON 2024 is set to span across several cities in Côte d’Ivoire, promising a footballing spectacle like never before. The matches will be hosted in the cities of Abidjan, Yamoussoukro, Bouake, San Pedro, and Korhogo, showcasing Côte d’Ivoire’s impressive infrastructure and enthusiasm for the game.
The tournament’s opening match, scheduled for Sunday, January 13, 2024, will feature the host nation, Cote d’Ivoire, facing off against Guinea-Bissau. This historic event will unfold at the Alassane Ouattara Olympic Stadium in the picturesque suburb of Ebimpe, located within the vibrant city of Abidjan. Football enthusiasts from around the globe are eagerly awaiting this exciting encounter that marks the beginning of an extraordinary month of football festivities.
Nigeria’s powerhouse team, the Super Eagles, are gearing up to make a significant impact on the tournament. Their campaign will commence on Monday, January 14, as they take on Equatorial Guinea, setting the stage for an electrifying competition. The Super Eagles will continue their quest for AFCON glory with subsequent matches against Cote d’Ivoire on January 18 and Guinea-Bissau on January 22.
This schedule ensures a thrilling start to the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, with the world’s attention firmly fixed on Côte d’Ivoire as it prepares to host a sporting spectacle that will undoubtedly leave a lasting mark in the annals of African football history.
Football fans and enthusiasts worldwide can look forward to an unforgettable celebration of the beautiful game as Africa’s finest talents compete for continental glory.