Host of Premier League stars set for 2022 Africa Cup of Nations

8 Jan 2022
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See who will be in action in Cameroon, and which club team-mates will go head-to-head

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The best of the Premier League’s African talent will do battle over the next month at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon, where club-mates will become opponents and Premier League rivals will fight together for their nations.

The tournament features 24 teams and kicks off on Sunday, finishing on 6 February.

A total of 34 Premier League players are involved, all hoping to emulate Algeria, who won the last edition of the competition in 2019.

The defending champions, who have Riyad Mahrez and Said Benrahma in their squad, face a Group E showdown with an Ivory Coast side including Wilfried Zaha, Nicolas Pepe and Maxwel Cornet.

Group D features two big-hitters in seven-time winners Egypt, led by Mohamed Salah, and Nigeria, who have claimed a hat-trick of AFCON titles and feature Leicester City's Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi.

Sixteen of the 24 teams, divided into six groups of four, will reach the knockout stages.

Club team-mates going head-to-head include the Liverpool pair of Sadio Mane and Naby Keita, who will be on opposite sides when Senegal meet Guinea in Group B.

Arsenal fans will also see Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Thomas Partey face each other as Gabon and Ghana are both in Group C.

PL players at AFCON 2022*
Group A

Burkina Faso: Bertrand Traore (AVL)

Group B

Guinea: Naby Keita (LIV)
Senegal: Edouard Mendy (CHE), Cheikhou Kouyate (CRY), Nampalys Mendy (LEI), Sadio Mane (LIV), Ismaila Sarr (WAT)

Group C

Gabon: Ulrick Eneme-Ella (BHA), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ARS)
Ghana: Daniel Amartey (LEI), Thomas Partey (ARS), Jordan Ayew (CRY)
Morocco: Romain Saiss (WOL), Adam Masina (WAT), Imran Louza (WAT)

Group D

Egypt: Mohamed Elneny (ARS), Trezeguet (AVL), Mohamed Salah (LIV)
Nigeria: William Troost-Ekong (WAT), Wilfred Ndidi (LEI), Frank Onyeka (BRE), Alex Iwobi (EVE), Kelechi Iheanacho (LEI)

Group E

Algeria: Riyad Mahrez (MCI), Said Benrahma (WHU)
Ivory Coast: Willy Boly (WOL), Eric Bailly (MUN), Maxwel Cornet (BUR), Nicolas Pepe (ARS), Wilfried Zaha (CRY)

Group F

Mali: Yves Bissouma (BHA), Moussa Djenepo (SOU)
Tunisia: Omar Rekik (ARS), Hannibal Mejbri (MUN)

*awaiting confirmation of final squads

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