5th African Nations Championship – Can you feel the excitement in the air? Once again, the African Nations Championship is upon us!
Today we’re celebrating the start of the 5th African Nations Championship, a football tournament drawing in teams from across Africa to compete for the coveted title. The first tournament was held in Ivory Coast in 2009, designed to showcase the football talent amongst the best African national teams. The Confederation of African Football organizes the competition every two years and only allows footballers playing for their country’s domestic team to participate. As a result, the best African talent will be on display – you won’t want to miss it!
All the action is taking place in Morocco as the first games of the 2018 tournament kick off today. Sixteen teams will descend upon various stadiums across Morocco, but only one will be crowned the champion, during the final game on February 4, played in Casablanca.
Today’s doodle features players wearing each of the flags of the countries represented. They’re practicing their skills, just like each of the African Nations have done all year.
Good luck to all the players (and fans!) across Africa!
An alternate version of the players holding traditional African shields by the artist.
You can find more about 5th African Nations Championship on the official Google Doodle Page