The wait is finally over and the Africa Cup of Nations is taking place in Cameroon.
It was a winning start for the home team as they started their challenge with victory over Burkina Faso, the result is topping Group A.
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The tournament follows a familiar format with 24 countries divided into six groups of four – but will the third-placed teams make it to the knockout stages?
Does finishing in third place qualify for the final AFCON-16?
Similar to Euro 2021, which took place last year, the top two teams in each group will automatically qualify for the knockout stages.
But the four highest ranked third-place teams will also join them in the final 16 stage.
The bad news for those countries is that they will face a side that has already topped their table.
As the competition gets to the final stage of 16, it’s a simple knockout until we get the finalists on February 6th.
There will be extra time and penalties in every draw if they end in a draw, with a third place match for the two semi-final losers.
How can I watch AFCON 2022?
You can watch all the stages of the group live Sports sky in the UK.
All matches will be broadcast on the service, with non-subscribers able to watch by grabbing a NOW TV ticket.
And as a treat for viewers, the following stages of the tournament will be broadcast live by BBC.
As a result, two of the quarterfinals, both the semi-finals and the final, will be broadcast freely.
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