The Africa Cup of Nations is scheduled to start on June 21st (Friday).
This is going to be the 32nd edition of this biennial international men’s football championship of Africa that is going to take place in Egypt.
The championship is going to be available for live stream on the Eurosport Player platform.
Sadly, Eurosport service is only available for the UK, and it also requires a subscription.
Most countries have minimal access to live streaming AFCON and if you’re a football fan hoping to see the rising African stars, then you’ll be sorely disappointed.
But there’s a solution to this, so, keep reading this guide, and I’ll help you to solve it.
What you’ll need to watch the tournament
To watch the tournament from any country outside the UK, first, you’ll need a VPN app to skip the geo-blocking most sites employ.
Second, you’ll need a subscription to Eurosport Player at least for a month.
The good thing is Eurosport offers a 7-day trial, and then it’s cheap for a month and even cheap per month if you take their 12-month package.
With a VPN service like ExpressVPN, you’re not only able to skip the geo-blocking, but it also offers fast speeds for live streaming and 30-day money back guarantee.
By using ExpressVPN, you can unblock Eurosport Player in any country allowing you to watch AFCON anywhere on the planet.
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Step-by-step how to watch
Regardless of the VPN service you subscribe to, the steps to configure it are basically all the same.
Follow these steps below and you’ll be able to watch the Africa Cup of Nations in minutes.
Visit one of the recommended VPN services like ExpressVPN, create an account with the service you have chosen and provide your payment method.
From the section ‘Products‘ on the VPN website, look for the app according to your device.
All versions for all devices and OS are available.
If you’re using a mobile device with Android or Apple iOS, you can search for the ExpressVPN or the other VPN apps on your app store.
Install the app on your device and log in with your account details. These are the same details you created in step 1.
Once you get everything set, now it’s the moment to change your location.
To do this, in the ‘Selected Location‘ box, find and click on ‘United Kingdom‘. You may also need to press ‘Connect‘.
Once the app is connected, visit Eurosport Player and create an account.
Then login and enjoy watching AFCON wherever you are.
You’ll be able to use Eurosport Player as if you were living in the UK and you can watch the AFCON without any trouble.
When is AFCON taking place?
AFCON is going to take place between June 21st (Friday) and July 19th (Friday).
The opening match will be on Friday 21st June at 5 pm (Egypt time) between Egypt and Zimbabwe at the Cairo International Stadium.
The semifinals will be on Saturday 14th July, and the final is going to be on Friday 19th July.
Who is hosting AFCON?
Initially, the tournament was going to be hosted by Cameroon, but on November 30th 2018, they lost the rights to host due to delays in finishing the infrastructure, the Boko Haram insurgency, and the Anglophone Crisis.
On January 8th, 2019, Egypt was chosen as the host country.
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Who’s the current AFCON champion?
The current AFCON champion is Cameroon.
They won the previous AFCON instalment back in 2017. After a kind of poor performance, they manage to reach the final and defeated the seven-time champion Egypt.
The match took place at the Stade de l’Amitié in Libreville, Gabon, on February 5th, 2017.
What teams are taking part?
There are a total of 24 teams: Algeria, Angola, Burundi, Benin, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.
Burundi, Mauritania and Madagascar are participating for the first time in the AFCON.
Thanks to the expansion from 16 to 24 teams, some teams had the opportunity to qualify.
Egypt, also known as The Pharaohs, are the big favourites for this tournament. Besides being the hosts, they have a history of victories, having won 7 finals in total.
Senegal is another strong team. According to FIFA, they were the top-ranked team in Africa at the end of 2018. They have high chances of winning AFCON because they have strong players that are part of the elite leagues around the world.
Ghana as Senegal is known for having qualified for the World Cup. They have won four times the AFCON.
Players to look out for
Here are some players you should pay attention during the AFCON:
Sadio Mane (Senegal)
He was the key in Senegal’s qualifying match. He’s the current Liverpool attacker, and it seems he’s going to make his country proud in this tournament.
Mohamed Salah (Egypt)
Another member of Champion’s League winning Liverpool, he scored a crazy goal right from a corner during the match against Swaziland, when they were in the qualifying phase.
Odion Ighalo (Nigeria)
He’s a former Watford forward, and he’s currently playing for Chinese Super League side Changchun Yatai.
Emmanuel Okwi (Uganda)
He plays as a striker for the Tanzania Simba and the Uganda National football team. He also has a 5-year contract with the Danish Supaliga club, SønderjyskE Fodbold, that will end next year.
The Africa Cup of Nations will start on June 21st in Egypt with a total of 24 teams fighting to win the tournament.
The whole championship is going to be available for live streaming on Eurosport Player, but it’s only for the UK. If you live outside the UK, you can’t access it unless you use a VPN like ExpressVPN.
Using a VPN will allow you to unblock the UK’s Eurosport Player allowing you to watch AFCON anywhere in the world.
So you’ll need both a VPN subscription and a Eurosport subscription. Both cost under $10 for the month.
Using the VPN is very easy. After you subscribe to the service, you only need to get the app, install it on your devices, and choose the UK as your location.
Now, you’ll be able to enjoy the AFCON football matches from anywhere without any issues!
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