The CAF proceeded this Friday night to the draw of the African Nations 2019.
For the first time 24 countries will participate in the competition that will take place in Egypt (21 June-19 July).
Thus, six groups of four countries, from different hats, were formed. The draw also allowed each selection to know its full program and the dates of its matches.
The groups !
Groupe A : Le Caire | Egypte | RD Congo | Ouganda | Zimbabwe
GroupeB : Alexandrie | Nigeria | Guinée | Madagascar | Burundi
GroupeC : Le Caire | Sénégal | Algérie | Kenya | Tanzanie
GroupeD : Le Caire | Maroc | Côte d’Ivoire | Afrique du Sud | Namibie
GroupeE : Suez | Tunisie | Mali | Mauritanie | Angola
GroupeF : Ismailia | Cameroun | Ghana | Bénin | Guinée Bissau
Who is hosting?
The finals were due to he held in Cameroon, but in January the country was stripped of hosting rights over concerns at the slow pace of preparations. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) moved the tournament to Egypt.
The tournament was eventually pushed back by six days to cater for Ramadan and allow Muslim players time to rest and recover after a month of fasting.
What are the host cities?
There are three stadiums in Cairo: International Stadium, 30 June Stadium and Al Salam Stadium.
Games will also be played in Alexandria, Ismailia and Suez.
How does the draw work?
The 24 qualified nations are placed into four pots, based on seeding with the strongest nations in Pot 1.
There will be six groups of four teams. Each group will have one team from each seeding pot.
Pot 1: Egypt, Cameroon, Senegal, Tunisia, Nigeria, Morocco
Pot 2: DR Congo, Ghana, Mali, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Algeria
Pot 3: South Africa, Uganda, Benin, Mauritania, Madagascar, Kenya
Pot 4: Zimbabwe, Namibia, Guinea-Bissau, Angola, Tanzania, Burundi
The top two teams, and the four best third-placed sides, advance to the round of 16.
When does Afcon start?
The opening match will feature Egypt at the Cairo International Stadium on June 21.
The final will be held at the same stadium on July 19.
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