AFCON 2021: Meet ‘Toghu’ the official match ball for the African Cup of Nations
By Guardian Exclusive
08 January 2022 | 12:57 pm
Meet the official match ball for the African Cup of Nations 2021 named 'Toghu'. The new official match ball is named after a traditional outfit that is very popular in Cameroon and will be used by the 24 teams during the 52 matches to be played at the competition between 09 January 2022 and 06 February 2022.
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