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Competition: AFCON 2017

Date: 14 January - 5 February

Host Country: Gabon

TV Channel: There is no live TV coverage in Singapore.

Live Streaming: beIN Sports Connect, Fubo TV, Sling TV

Overview

The Africa Cup of Nations kickstarts in Gabon on 14 January with 16 teams from the continent including the hosts participating in the tournament.

Tournament format

The 16 teams have been divided into four groups of four teams each. The group stages of the tournament will see teams playing their group mates once in a single round robin format. The two two teams from each group will advance to the quarter-finals. While the winner of the semi-final will play the final on 5 February, the losers will battle for a third-place finish.

The matches will be played across four venues in Gabon - Libreville Stadium, Franceville Stadium, Oyem Stadium and Port Gentil Stadium.

Teams

Group AGroup BGroup CGroup D
GabonAlgeriaIvory CoastGhana
Burkina FasoTunisiaDR CongoMali
CameroonSenegalMoroccoEgypt
Guinea-BissauZimbabweTogoUganda

Quite a few teams, including the hosts, will look for some magic from their stars, who are plying their trade in Europe. Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be a huge boost to the host nation, who are drawn in Group A, of making their first semi-final in the tournament history.

The group also has African powerhouse Cameroon, who are likely to join the hosts past the group stages. Group B is a tougher group with the likes of Algeria, Tunisia and Senegal battling for the two knockout spots from the group. Leicester stars Islam Slimani and Riyad Mahrez along with Schalke midfielder Nabil Bentaleb are key stars for Algeria, who will be hoping to take home the AFCON 2017.

Senegal, who will be led by Liverpool's main man Sadio Mane, are expected to challenge the dominance of Algeria while Tunisia who have consistently made the knockout stages of the biennial tournament can challenge the top two teams.

Ivory Coast will miss their greats Yaya Toure and Kolo Toure but their title defence this year will be spearheaded by talented Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha. Herve Renard-led Morroco and DR Congo are other big names in Group C, who will try and make it difficult for the defending champions. Ghana and Egypt, who are drawn along with Malia and Uganda, are favourites to progress from Group D.

TV Schedule

Australia: beIN Sports 1

Thailand: beIN Sports 4

UK: EuroSport 2

US: beIN Sports

Turkey: Tivibu Spor 1

Ireland: EuroSport 2

Italy: Fox Sports HD

Netherlands: Fox Sports 2

Canada: beIN Sports Canada

France: beIN Sports 2

Africa: SuperSport 6, SuperSport 4, SuperSport Select 2, Canal+ Sport 1

Tournament Schedule

MatchGroupDateTimeVenue
Gabon vs Guinea-BissauA14 January, Saturday12am SGT (Sunday)Libreville
Burkina Faso vs CameroonA14 January, Saturday3am SGT (Sunday)Libreville
Algeria vs ZimbabweB15 January, Sunday12am SGT (Monday)Franceville
Tunisia vs SenegalB15 January, Sunday3am SGT (Monday)Franceville
Ivory Coast vs TogoC16 January, Monday12am SGT (TuesdayOyem
DR Congo vs MoroccoC16 January, Monday3am SGT (Tuesday)Oyem
Ghana vs UgandaD17 January, Tuesday12am SGT (Wednesday)Port Gentil
Mali vs EgyptD17 January, Tuesday3am SGT (Wednesday)Port Gentil
Gabon vs Burkina FasoA18 January, Wednesday12am SGT (Thursday)Libreville
Cameroon vs Guniea-BissauA18 January, Wednesday3am SGT (Thursday)Libreville
Algeria vs TunisiaB19 January, Thursday12am SGT (Friday)Franceville
Senegal vs ZimbabweB19 January, Thursday3am SGT (Friday)Franceville
Ivory Coast vs DR CongoC20 January, Friday12am SGT (Saturday)Oyem
Morocco vs TogoC20 January, Friday3am SGT (Saturday)Oyem
Ghana vs MaliD21 January, Saturday12am SGT (Sunday)Port Gentil
Egypt vs UgandaD21 January, Saturday3am SGT (Sunday)Port Gentil
Cameroon vs GabonA22 January, Sunday3am SGT (Monday)Libreville
Gunieau-Bissau vs Burkina FasoA22 January, Sunday3am SGT (Monday)Franceville
Senegal vs AlgeriaB23 January, Monday3am SGT (Tuesday)Franceville
Zimbabwe vs TunisiaB23 January, Monday3am SGT (Tuesday)Libreville
Morocco vs Ivory CoastC24 January, Tuesday3am SGT (Wednesday)Oyem
Togo vs DR CongoC24 January, Tuesday3am SGT (Wednesday)Port Gentil
Egypt vs GhanaD25 January, Wednesday3am SGT (Thursday)Port Gentil
Uganda vs MaliD25 January, Wednesday3am SGT (Thursday)Oyem
Quarter-final 1A winners v B Runners-up28 January, Saturday12am SGT (Sunday)Libreville
Quarter-final 2B winners v A Runners-up28 January, Saturday3am SGT (Sunday)Franceville
Quarter-final 3C Winners v D Runners-up29 January, Sunday12am SGT (Monday)Oyem
Quarter-final 4D Winners v C Runners-up29 January, Sunday3am SGT (Monday)Port Gentil
Semi-final 1-1 February, Wednesday3am SGT (Thursday)Libreville
Semi-final 2-2 February, Thursday3am SGT (Friday)Franceville
Third Place Match-4 February, Saturday3am SGT (Sunday)Port Gentil
Final-5 February, Sunday3am SGT (Monday)Libreville