The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations was the 33rd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the biennial international men's football championship of Africa organised by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The tournament was hosted by Cameroon, and took place from 9 January to 6 February 2022.

The tournament was originally scheduled to be played in June and July 2021. However, on 15 January 2020, the CAF announced that due to unfavourable climatic conditions during that period, the tournament had been rescheduled to be played between 9 January and 6 February 2021. On 30 June 2020, the CAF moved the tournament's dates for the second time to January 2022 following the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic across the continent.

Algeria were the defending champions, but were eliminated in the group stage. The hosts Cameroon lost their bid for the title in the semi-finals after losing on penalties to Egypt and eventually finished third. Senegal won the trophy for the first time after beating Egypt on penalties in the final.

The Senegalese national football team represents Senegal in men's international football. Controlled by the Senegalese Football Federation. Nicknamed "the Lions of Teranga", the team became the second African team to reach the quarter-finals of the 'Fédération Internationale de Football Association' (FIFA) World Cup after Cameroon in 1990, doing so in 2002 before losing to Turkey in extra time.

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