The 30th Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament took off with around 35,000 spectators at the opening in Bata, Equatorial Guinea. A very successful start for 2015 tournament despite the last minute shift in venue after Morocco refusal to go ahead with the hosting because of the Ebola virus that ravage some west African countries.
Equatorial Guinea is a small country in west coast of Africa with a population of around 760,000 people. A former Spanish colony that got their independence in 1968.
African largest football tournament will be competed among 16 teams from Africa which are divided into four groups:
Group A: Burkina, Faso, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon.
Group B: Zambia, DR Congo, Tunisia, Cape Verde.
Group C: Senegal, South Africa, Ghana, Algeria.
Group D: Ivory Coast, Guinea, Mali, Cameroon.
The teams at the AFCON will share a total of $10 million in the following order:
Winner, 1st position: $1.5 million
2nd position: $1 .0 million
3rd position: $750,000
Quarter finalist will get: $600,000 each
Third place team in each of the 1st round will get: $500,000
The bottom team will get: $400,000
The winner earning $1.5 million
The tournament starts on Saturday 17th January to Sunday, 8th February 2015.