The Africa Cup of Nation, formally known as CAN 2022, also known as Africa Cup of Nations following its title
sponsor, is currently the most popular international men's soccer association football competition in the entire world,
second only to FIFA (soccer for the world's favorite game, as the name suggests). It has been running since 1957, and is
scheduled every four years, with qualification usually based on the countries performance in the previous four World
Cups. In addition to that, the tournament also includes a qualification phase for the Asian Football Conference, which
makes this competition unique among the rest.
There are four teams who have qualified in CAN 2021, all of which are located in Africa: Botswana, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya and Morocco. This year's competition is being played in Egypt where Egyptian players Mustafa Aminu and Gyaneshir Aminu are leading the way. They are joined by Newcastle United forward Wayne Routledge and Celtic FC's Scottish international defender Neil Balborough. However, despite their fine form lately, the teams are widely expected to perform against stronger opposition in order to win this year's africa cup. The teams are separated into three different groups, with the holders of each group qualifying for the actual cup, while the runners up will join those from the lower groups who will represent the next stage. The format used in qualification for this competition is quite similar to that used in the FIFA World Cup, with round-robin fixtures deciding the rankings and the top two teams progressing to the playoffs.
The bottom two teams in each group are always relegated to the next stage of the tournament, while the winners of each group go on to face off against the other sides in the quarter-finals and the final tournament. The Cafasso outfit have always impressed me over the years and I am expecting them to do so again this year when they face off against Tunisia in the first round. Tunisia are also a well-drilled side, having won just two matches all season, but I expect them to do well against a team such as Cafasso who are made up of world-class footballers. The semi-finals will also be hard-fought affairs, with the top two teams often needing a win against either Kenya or Morocco in order to book their place in the final tournament. So if you are preparing for the Africa Cup of Nation, now is definitely the time to put your faith in a country like Tunisia, who have only recently won their first ever game, although they have qualified for the last six editions of the competition.