Binance, a cryptocurrency exchange platform, has announced its partnership with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to officially sponsor the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2021. The AFCON is regarded as Africa’s biggest international men’s football competition.
The Africa Cup of Nations tournament is holding from January 9, 2022 till February 6, 2022, and will take place in Cameroon. The tournament was originally scheduled to hold between June and July 2021 but got postponed. There are 24 teams kicking off the tournament, and 52 games to be played in six venues across five Cameroonian cities.
Binance is also partnering with CAF to reward the Assist of the Day, Binance Assist of the Week and Binance Assist of the Tournament. The AFCON officially commenced on Sunday, January 9, 2022 at 5PM WAT; with a match between host Cameroon and Burkina Faso in the Olembe Stadium in Yaounde. The tournament will be broadcast live to over 300 million people across 160 countries.
Speaking on the partnership, Veron Mosengo-Omba, CAF General Secretary expeessed, “I am delighted to welcome Binance as an official sponsor of the AFCON tournament this year. Through this partnership with CAF, Binance will connect further with its users and the African community through football. CAF is ready to embrace blockchain-based technology and its impact on the future of African football development. I am certain that together with Binance, we can take African football to a new level.”
Furthermore, Emmanuel Babalola, Binance Director for Africa, added; “Football is the most popular sport in Africa, one that unites the entire continent and as the leading blockchain ecosystem, we are proud to be an official sponsor of the AFCON tournament. This corroborates our mission to take crypto mainstream across the continent.”