AFCON: How and when to watch Liverpool stars like Salah and Mane in action at African Cup of Nations

Africa’s most important football tournament started last Sunday.
The Africa Cup of Nations trophy The Africa Cup of Nations trophy
The Africa Cup of Nations trophy

Liverpool trio Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and Naby Keita, plus Everton’s Alex Iwobi, left Merseyside last week to represent their nations at the Afrcian Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

The quartet have began their journey in the competition this week and three of them ended up on the winning side after their opening matches.

How did their first matches go?

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Sadio Mané was the first player in action in the tournament. He helped Senegal secure their first win in this year’s AFCON on Monday after scoring a stoppage-time penalty in a 1-0 win over Zimbabwe.

Naby Keita helped Guinea to beat Malawi 1-0 at the Stade de Kouekong, in Bafoussam. Now, Keita and Mané will face each other this Friday at 13:00 (UK time).

On Tuesday, Mohamed Salah and Alex Iwobi both featured as Nigeria beat Egypt thanks to a beautiful goal from Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho.

Salah’s Pharaohs will face Guinea-Bissau next Saturday at the Stade Roumdé Adija in Garoua at 19:00 (UK time), while Nigeria will battle against Sudan at the Stade Roumdé Adija at 16:00 (UK time) on the same day.

Nigeria kept Egypt's Mo Salah quiet.Nigeria kept Egypt's Mo Salah quiet.
Nigeria kept Egypt's Mo Salah quiet.

How to watch the AFCON on TV

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Sky Sports will broadcast all the 52 matches of the tournament live. The coverage of the AFCON will be divided between Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Premier League.

The BBC will also cover the tournament as they will broadcast 10 games, including two quarter-finals, both semi-finals and the final of the tournament.

How can I stream AFCON?

Sky customers who are unable to watch matches at home can view all the action on the SkyGo app.

Non-Sky customers can purchase a NowTV pass which will allow them to watch matches.

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For the games that are shown on the BBC, viewers will be able to watch along live via the iPlayer.

Where can I find highlights of AFCON?

Match highlights for all matches are set to be available across Sky Sports’ social media channels and will also be available via BBC Sport.

When do the Liverpool and Everton stars play?

Here are the fixtures for Salah’s Egypt, Mane’s Senegal, Keita’s Guinea and Iwobi’s Nigeria. All kick-offs are UK time.

Friday, January 14

13:00 - Group B - Senegal vs Guinea - Sky Sports Premier League

Saturday, January 15

16:00 - Group D - Nigeria vs Sudan - Sky Sports

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19:00 - Group D - Guinea-Bissau vs Egypt - Sky Sports Football

Tuesday, January 18

16:00 - Group B - Malawi vs Senegal - Sky Sports Football

16:00 - Group B - Zimbabwe vs Guinea- Sky Sports Premier League

Wednesday, January 19

19:00 - Group D - Egypt vs Sudan - Sky Sports Football

19:00 - Group D - Guinea-Bissau vs Nigeria - Sky Sports Premier League

AFCON last 16

Sunday, January 23

19:00 - Group D winner vs Group B/E/F third-place - Live on Sky Sports Mix

Monday, January 24

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16:00 - Group B runner-up vs Group F runner-up - Sky Sports Football

19:00 - Group A winner vs Group C/D/E third-place - Sky Sports Premier League

Tuesday, January 25

16:00 - Group B winner vs Group A/C/D third-place - Sky Sports Football

19:00 - Group C winner vs Group A/B/F third-place - Sky Sports Football

Wednesday, January 26

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16: 00 - Group E winner vs Group D runner-up - Sky Sports Football

AFCON quarter-finals

Saturday, January 29

16:00 - quarter-final 1 - Sky Sports

19:00 - quarter-final 2 - Sky Sports Premier League

Sunday, January 30

16:00 - quarter-final 3 -Sky Sports Premier League

19:00 - quarter-final 4 - Sky Sports Football

Wednesday, February 2

19:00 - semi-final 1 -Sky Sports & BBC iPlayer

Thursday, February 3

19:00 - semi-final 2 - Sky Sports & BBC iPlayer

Sunday, February 6

19:00 - final - Sky Sports & BBC iPlayer