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Africa Cup of Nations Betting Offers 2025: Morocco

bet365 open account offer Africa cup of nationsThe 2025 Africa Cup of Nations is the 35th tournament and will be hosted by Morocco in June / July.  This will be the second time the event has been held in the summer (also 2019).  The tournament has now switched to a two year cycle in odds numbered years too to prevent clashes with domestic leagues and other international football tournaments.

In 2017 the Confederation of African Football (CAF) decided it would be better if the tournament was held in the summer to avoid clashing with domestic leagues and in 2019 it was held in the summer in Egypt.   The 2021 and 2023 finals, however, were switched back to the winter due to summer weather conditions in Cameroon and Ivory Coast, combined with a hangover from covid.

From 2025 (Morocco) AFCON is expected to permanently move to a June/July schedule. The bigger spectacle also means bookies and punters will be more interested in AFCON and that means better odds and offers – the best of which, of course, you can find right here.  More details about the event format and history can be found further on.

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African Cup of Nations 2025

Phase Date Matches
Group Match 1 June 12
Group Match 2 June 12
Group Match 3 June 12
Round of 16 June 8
Quarter-Finals July 4
Semi-Finals July 2
3rd Place Play-Off July 1
Final July 1

morocco afcon footballSanctioned by the Confederation of African Football and enjoying its debut in 1957, the Africa Cup of Nations is officially known as the Coupe d’Afrique des Nations. It is the premier football tournament specifically aimed at the football teams of countries that come under the jurisdiction of the CAF. The competition is held every two year, with hosting duties moved around the various participating countries.

The tournament has grown exponentially since its first outing, at which only Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia participated. It had been intended for South Africa to take part but the country’s apartheid policy meant that they were disqualified. It has now grown to such an extent that a qualification tournament is needed in order reduce the number of participating teams to 24.

The Africa Cup of Nations is now usually held in odd years and has been mostly since 2013, with the aim being to avoid it clashing with the World Cup and Euros.  The next scheduled tournament is in Morocco in 2025, moving to the June/July slot.  We are told the next tournaments will be held in the summer to prevent disruption with other domestic leagues but whether this actually happens remains to be seen due to the fact that the summer is a rainy season in many African nations.

AFCON Format

knockout structureThe format of the AFCON tournament has changed numerous times over the years, not least of which according to the number of teams that take part in it. It was expanded to welcome 16 teams in 1998 and then shifted again to 24 teams in 2017. It was also originally an annual competition but switched to being held every 2 years in 1968.

Back when the competition was a 16-team format it would involved the teams being split into four groups of four, with the teams playing each other in a round-robin setup before the top two sides in each group advanced to the knockout stages.


africa map made with footballsThe shift to a 24-team format in 2017 saw a change to how qualification worked. Let’s look at the process for the 2023 iteration of the tournament for an idea of how the number of participants are whittled down to the required amount.

54 teams put themselves forward to enter the Africa Cup of Nations in 2023, Ivory Coast qualified as hosts but also finished runner-up in their qualifying group so would have been there anyway. The teams were then seeded according to their 2021 FIFA world rankings.

Teams that came in at ranks 1 to 42 were automatically entered into the group stage of the qualifying tournament, whilst the other twelve had to play a preliminary round. The 48 teams were put into Pots, then drawn out into 12 different groups. The teams played each other in round-robin head-to-head games, with the top 2 sides in each group qualifying for the tournament proper.

The Tournament Proper

afcon 2019 groupsThe presence of 24 teams in the tournament itself since 2017 means that the format has had to change slightly to accommodate them. The current way that it works involves those 24 teams being split into six groups with four teams in each. Each of the 24 teams is assigned to a Pot according to their FIFA World Ranking, with a team from each Pot entering each group drawn at random.

The teams then play each other once according to a round-robin format of matches, being awarded 3 points for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss. At the end of the Group Stage the teams are ranked according to the following criteria:

  • Points won
  • Goal difference in head-to-head matches
  • Goals scored in head-to-head matches
  • Goal difference in all group matches
  • Goals scored in all group matches

If teams can still not be separated and ranked in the group after looking at all of the above criteria then they are separated according to the drawing of lots.

At the end of the Group Stage the top two teams in each group as well as the four sides that were the best 3rd-place teams advance to the knockout phase, starting with the Last 16 matches. The winners advance to the Quarter-Finals, then the Semi-Finals and eventually the Final.

In all rounds of the knockout phase of the tournament both extra-time and penalties can be used to separate the teams if they are level at the end of 90 minutes. The only match that that isn’t the case for is the 3rd-place play-off between the losing teams of the Semi-Final, who immediately go to a penalty shootout at the end of 90 minutes instead of playing extra-time.

Morocco 2025 AFCON Stadiums

Stadium City Capacity Opened
*Ibn Batouta Stadium Tangier 65,000 2011
Mohammed V Stadium Casablanca 45,891 1955
Moulay Abdellah Stadium Rabat 50,000 2025
Marrakesh Stadium Marrakesh 45,240 2011
Adrar Stadium Agadir 45,480 2013
Fez Stadium Fez 45,000 2007

* Stadium to be used for AFCON final

Host Selection

afcon cameroon footballThe tournament hosts usually qualify for the Group Stages of the competition proper automatically, though that didn’t happen in 2019 because of Cameroon being stripped of the right to host. That was because they failed to meet certain criteria laid out by the CAF Executive Committee and hosting duties were eventually handed to Egypt.

Ivory Coast were due to host the 2021 AFCON but that was postponed to 2023 (played in Jan/Feb 2024 but called AFCON 2023) and Cameroon were allowed to now host in 2021 (hosted in 2022 but was called AFCON 2021).  Guinea were due to host in 2023 but that was pushed back to 2025.  Guinea, however, were stripped of the hosting duties due to insufficient preparations and the 2025 tournament awarded to Morocco.

Usually what happens is that countries inform the Confederation of African Football that they’re interested in hosting the competition, with a shortlist then being drawn up. At that point, the CAF accepts more formal bids from the teams on the shortlist and considered which ones are best placed to host the tournament.

This decision is based on things such as football grounds of a suitable nature being available, the infrastructure and the ability of teams to travel to the various locations. Usually around six stadiums are required for a bit to be considered. Once the bids have been entered an inspection team working on behalf of the CAF goes into the various countries before the CAF Executive Committee makes its final decision.

The 2027 tournament is due to be jointly hosted between Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda between 9 venues in 6 host cities.

Hosts & Results (Since 2000)

Year Host Final Result
2027 Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda ? v ? ?
2025 Morocco ? v ? ?
2023# Ivory Coast Ivory Coast v Nigeria 2-1
2021* Cameroon Senegal v Egypt 0-0 (4-2 pens)
2019 Egypt Algeria v Senegal 1-0
2017 Gabon Cameroon v Egypt 2-1
2015 Equatorial Guinea Ivory Coast v Ghana 0-0 (9-8 pens)
2013 South Africa Nigeria v Burkina Faso 1-0
2012 Equatorial Guinea & Gabon Zambia v Ivory Coast 0-0 (8-7 pens)
2010 Angola Egypt v Ghana 1-0
2008 Ghana Egypt v Cameroon 1-0
2006 Egypt Egypt v Ivory Coast 0-0 (4-2 pens)
2004 Tunisia Tunisia v Morocco 2-1
2002 Mali Cameroon v Senegal 0-0 (3-2 pens)
2000 Ghana & Nigeria Cameroon v Nigeria 2-2 (4-3 pens)

* 2021 version held in Jan/Feb 2022, # 2023 version held in Jan/Feb 2024

The History Of The Africa Cup Of Nations

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The history of the Africa Cup of Nations is a long and complex one, as you’d expect from a continent that has a long and complex history of its own to be dealing with. The original idea for the tournament dates back to 1956, which was when the formation of a Confederation of African Football was first proposed at the FIFA congress. As soon as it was given approval the idea for a competition between the nations that were part of the continent began to be mooted.

The first iteration of the new tournament was hosted by Sudan and saw just three times participate, with Egypt winning the final against Ethiopia. Egypt won again two years later when the same three teams took part, this time defeating Sudan in the final match.

By the time the third Africa Cup of Nations took place in 1962 nine different teams wanted to take part, meaning that a qualification round was needed to decide upon the four teams that would make the final. It was a third consecutive final for Egypt, though they lost out to the Ethiopian hosts.

The Tournament Expands

afcon nigeria fansAs you might expect, the popularity of the tournament grew year-on-year so that by 1968 it saw 8 of the 22 teams that had entered the preliminary rounds make it to the tournament proper. They were split up into two groups of 4, with the top two teams making it through to the knockout rounds. The Democratic Republic of Congo won their first title, joining Egypt, Ethiopia and Ghana, who had won the two previous tournaments, on the winners podium.

The 8-team final format remained in place until the 1992 version of the event. In the intervening years, the number of teams that were crowned champions grew. Between 1970 and 1980, for example, six different national sides won the tournament, including Sudan, Morocco, Ghana and Nigeria. One of those titles came in 1974 when Zaire took on Zambia and the final had to be replayed for the only time in the competition’s history. That’s because the penalty shoot-out hadn’t been introduced at that stage and the game finished 2-2 after extra-time.

Two Team Dominate The 1980s Before South Africa’s Return

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In the 1980s the Africa Cup of Nations was dominated by Cameroon and Nigeria, with the two teams winning it three times between them and at least one of the national sides appearing in all but one of the five finals. Nigeria beat Algeria in 1980, lost to Cameroon in 1984 and then again in 1988, sandwiched by a penalty loss to Egypt in 1986. They were matched only by Algeria in terms of making it to the Semi-Final stage, with the Algerians making it to the Final in 1980, finishing 4th in 1982, 3rd in 1984 and again in 1988 before finally winning the competition in 1990, when they were also hosts.

The 1990s finally saw South Africa brought back into the fold, coming on the back of country’s decision to end the apartheid government there. It was also the decade that saw the tournament be expanding from 8 teams to 12, adding an extra group at the early stage of the competition.

The South Africans attempted to qualify in 1994 but failed. In the end they won the hosting rights in 1996, seeing them qualify for the tournament proper automatically. It was their first appearance in the competition and they won it, beating Tunisia in the final. 1996 was also the year that the tournament was expanded to include 16 teams in the group stages.

Egypt Begin To Rule The Roost

afcon egypt footballEgypt’s victory in the first two outings of the Africa Cup of Nations had not been followed up with victory once the tournament began to expend to include more teams, suggesting, perhaps, that they were less valid that the wins by teams that came when the tournament was more competitive.

Indeed, after defending their title in 1959 the Egyptians failed to win the AFCON again until 1986. There was then another long break until their next final appearance which came 12 years later when Burkina Faso hosted and Egypt beat South Africa 2-0 in the Bafana Bafana’s second final in two successive tournaments.

The team from the land of pyramids and the Sphinx didn’t need much encouragement to make up for their absence from the final over the years, however, and in the 2000s they did something that hitherto had been unprecedented. They made the final again in 2006, beating the Ivory Coast 4-2 on penalties, then returned to the final 2 years later when they defeated Cameroon 1-0.

The tournament had been defended in the past, of course, not least of all by Egypt themselves, so it was what happened in 2010 that made it an unprecedented period of success. The Egyptians made the final once more, this team beating Ghana 1-0 to win a hat-trick of African Cup of Nations in succession.

Further Expansion

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The 2015 iteration of the AFCON tournament was beset by problems because of the outbreak of the Ebola virus in the region, with proposed hosts Morocco refusing to host the event. In the end it was moved to Equatorial Guinea instead, where the Ivory Coast beat Ghana 9-8 in a dramatic penalty shootout. The problems that beset the 2015 iteration of the event didn’t put off the CAF Executive Committee from making some major changes, however.

In the wake of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations the President of the Confederation of African Football, Ahmad Ahmad, made two proposals: To expand the tournament to welcome 24 teams and to move it from the winter months into the summer. Both proposals passed the CAF Executive Committee and the new format would be put in place for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, which was to be hosted by Cameroon but eventually ended up taking place in Egypt.

Move To The Summer

afcon ivory coast footballThe Africa Cup of Nations was due to move to the summer months in 2021.  However, covid disruption and issues in Cameroon in 2019 caused them to move as hosts to 2021 (confusingly held in January / February 2022).  This displaced Ivory Coast, who were due to host in the summer of 2021 but it was decided this would not be ideal with the European Championships running in parallel due to it’s postponement in 2022.  This meant that the tournament remained in its winter time slot in 2021/22, to the consternation of many domestic team managers across Europe.

Again in 2023 the tournament was moved from June/July to Jan/Feb 2024.  The reason this time was due to the weather concerns in the Ivory Coast in the summer months, although, surely this would have been known when the tournament was awarded in the first place?

The permanent move to the summer months from 2025 is hoped to revive the fortunes of the expanded tournament.  Organisers believe that moving to the summer in odds numbered years will create a better showcase for the event at a time when domestic leagues are finished and there is little other international football on.  Whether AFCON actually does stay in the summer permanently remains to be seen. There are some African nations that cannot host in the summer due to the heat and the wet season, so expect at some point it may move back to the winter for specific hosts.

Prize Money And Trophies

football moneyThe amount of prize money given to the winner of the AFCON tournament has gone up year-on-year, but in 2023 the winners received the equivalent of $7 million.  The runner-up gets $4M, losing semi-finalists $2.5M, losing quater-finalists $1.3M and last 16 losers $800,000. Even teams that finish bottom of their groups get $500,000.

Just as the prize money has changed over the years, so too has the trophy on offer. The first was made of silver and bore the moniker of the Abdelaziz Abdallah Salem Trophy in honour of the CAF’s first President. When they won the tournament for the third time in 1978, Ghana earned the right to keep the trophy permanently.

The replacement trophy came into being for the 1980 AFCON tournament and was called the Trophy of African Unity, sometimes referred to as the African Unity Cup. The Supreme Council for Sports in Africa gave the trophy to the CAF and it was a cylindrical piece that bore the Olympic Rings on top of a map of the African continent. When Cameroon became three-time champions in 2000, they also got to keep the trophy permanently.

The need for a new trophy for the 2001 version of the Africa Cup of Nations led to a gold-plated trophy that had been designed and made in Italy. Under the previous rules, Egypt would have been given the trophy for keeps when they won the AFCON tournament three times in succession in 2006, 2008 and 2010. Instead they were presented with a full-size replica that they were able to add to their trophy cabinet. This differed from the replica normally given to winners as that is much smaller.

Stats and Facts

football factsThe Africa Cup of Nations is a fascinating tournament with a host of interesting facts attached to it. Obviously some of these are difficult to talk about in too much detail because they can change quite quickly, but here’s a look at some of the key ones:

  • Egypt have won the tournament more often than any other nation, 7 times, they have also hosted the most, 5 times.
  • The Tunisian team withdrew from the 3rd-place play-off match in 1978 when the score was 1-1, complaining about the officiating. The match ended up being awarded to Nigeria with a 2-0 scoreline.
  • In 2010 the Togolese team withdrew from the final after their team bus was attached by gunmen.
  • The most goals to date were scored during the 2023 tournament when the ball hit the back of the net 119 times, the least was in 1957 with just 7 goals (although there were only two matches).
  • The highest goals per game was in 1962, with 4.50 (18 goals in 4 games), the lowest as in 1988 with 1.44 (23 goals in 16 games).
  • The AFCON all-time top goalscorer is Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o, with 18, top goalscorer in a single tournament is Zaire’s Ndaye Mulamba in 1974 with 9.
  • North Africa boasts more champions than any other region, 11 titles.
  • There are 10 nations yet to qualify for AFCON: Central African Republic, Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, Eswatini, Lesotho, São Tomé and Príncipe, Seychelles, Somalia and South Sudan.
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