AFCON 2022 soccer games today: Times, TV schedule, scores for matches in USA & Canada. The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) is finally here, and a tournament favorite is ready to show the world its intentions on Monday.
Senegal, the bookmakers’ pre-tournament favorites to win it all, is in action as the first of four games throughout the day. With Premier League stars Edouard Mendy and Sadio Mane leading the way, plus defensive stalwort Kalidou Koulibaly at the back, this team has the star power to take AFCON by storm. They’ll begin group stage play against an inexperienced Zimbabwe squad that features just 11 total players with double-digit caps.
The two teams favored to exit Group C will do battle as Wolves captain Romain Saiss leads a Morocco side in extremely good form, without a regulation loss since 2019, a run of 20 straight matches. Rounding out the slate is Guinea against Malawi and Comoros – in its first-ever Africa Cup of Nations tournament – against Gabon.
On Sunday, the opening day of the tournament, hosts Cameroon got off to a flying start with a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Burkina Faso. The Indomitable Lions, who last won the tournament in 2017, will be one of 24 nations looking to succeed Algeria as African champions, after Riyad Mahrez and company topped the competition in the 2019 edition. Also Sunday, Cape Verde earned its second-ever AFCON win as it topped 10-man Ethiopia 1-0. Yared Baye was sent off for the Walias for a last-man foul just 12 minutes into the match.
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Given the surge in COVID-19 cases around the globe attributed to the omicron variant, precautions are being taken by organizers and matches will be held in front of reduced crowds with only vaccinated fans gaining admission.
What’s clear is that there will be no postponements and 11 players will be enough for any team to take the field. The expanded 28-player rosters and five substitutes (including a sixth for extra time) are expected to help coaches navigate potential outbreaks.
How to watch AFCON 2022
Dates: Jan. 9 through Feb. 6 (52 matches)
Times: 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. ET
TV Channels: beIN Sports, beIN Sports XTRA
Spanish-language TV: beIN Sports en Espanol, beIN Sports XTRA en Espanol
Streaming: fuboTV, beIN Sports Connect and other platforms
The AFCON tournament will be carried by beIN Sports in the USA and Canada, and coverage will be available in both English and Spanish.