The road to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations has been paved with troubles, with the tournament often appearing to be at the mercy of the Confederation of African Football's internal politics and, notably, the regime change from Issa Hayatou to Ahmad Ahmad in March 2017. The change in CAF presidency prompted the Afcon changes instigated at the CAF symposium in July 2017, where it was decided that the tournament would be expanded from 16 to 24 teams, even though the 2019 qualifying campaign had already begun. With host nation Cameroon unable to convince CAF of its ability to host the expanded tournament, and amid concerns over domestic security, the country was replaced and Afcon was belatedly awarded to Egypt -- one of only two replacement candidates -- in January. Even then the tournament was revised, with the start date pushed back a week due to Ramadan. The qualifying program itself has been mottled with controversy; the September qualifier in Antananarivo between Madagascar and … [Read more...] about Africa Cup of Nations qualification: What’s still at stake?
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The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, which kicks off with hosts Egypt facing Zimbabwe in Cairo on Friday, will bring together some of football's household names and some of its far less heralded stars, -- as the biennial continental showpiece does every edition. We all know Mohamed Salah, who will feature for the Pharaohs in the tournament-opening fixture; the Liverpool and Egypt star is one of the most recognisable football players in the world. But what about Romario Baggio Rakotoarisoa? Here are African players who may not enjoy the international reputation of some of their peers, like Salah, but who, nonetheless, represent some of the Afcon's most intriguing tales. While other footballers may question what they'll do once their playing career comes to an end, Uganda's Lwanga has it all figured out. The reigning Vipers SC Player of the Year is nicknamed 'The Engineer' in the Uganda Premier League, due to his background and training as a computer engineer. The defensive midfielder … [Read more...] about Five Africa Cup of Nations players you should know but don’t… yet
The sense in recent years has been that, whenever African football takes a step forward, it quickly takes two back. The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations was a watchable, enjoyable tournament that was settled in thrilling style and showcased the best of what the continent has to offer. In 2018, that reputation took a hit as none of Africa's five representatives made it out of the World Cup's group stage. The prevailing cliche is that without any truly world-class side, standards in Africa don't come close to those in Europe or South America but this time around, the script is flipped. With Egypt hosting, the field has been expanded to 24 teams and there are arguably more familiar faces in this edition than in any of the previous four. The decision to move the Africa Cup of Nations to the summer (June 21-July 19), with no competing club interests and no other major international tournament running alongside it from the quarterfinal stage onward, means there will be a captive global audience of … [Read more...] about 2019 Africa Cup of Nations ultimate preview: Salah, Mane & Co. ready to put on a show
Under-prepared Cameroon have been stripped of hosting the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. The Confederation of African Football have confirmed they will be looking elsewhere because of delays and a lack of organisation. Due to start in June, they were unsatisfied that preparations for the tournament were on track. Officials of African football's governing body made the decision at a ten-hour meeting on Friday in Ghana - despite the Nations Cup organising committee saying in August "nobody is going to take it away from Cameroon". President Ahmad Ahmad now says they will work to "determine a new organising country by the end of the year". Ahmad said last year that Cameroon still needed "to convince Caf of its ability" to host the event. It could be good news for Morocco, who have been touted as new potential hosts. They have history of helping at the eleventh hour having stepped in to hold this year's African Nations Championship after Kenya were deemed not ready. Cameroon were champions in … [Read more...] about Cameroon stripped of the right to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
Date created : 13/04/2019 - 07:33 Under the gaze of the Sphinx, a spectacular Africa Cup of Nations draw in Giza on Friday night produced an intriguing set of groups that leave many riddles to be answered. After an open-air event against the illuminated backdrop of the pyramids, hosts Egypt, winners of the competition a record seven times, will face double champions Democratic Republic of Congo. Uganda and Zimbabwe fill the last two places in Group A.Egypt will kick off the event against Zimbabwe in Cairo on June 21. The tournament ends on July 19. Group F in the 24-team tournament brought together the second and third most successful sides in its history. Cameroon, who won their fifth continental crown last time and were originally set to host the competition, will face four-time winners Ghana. Benin and Guinea-Bissau complete the group.Every draw contains a so-called ‘group of death’ and in this instance it is undoubtedly Group D with former champions Morocco, Ivory … [Read more...] about Africa Cup of Nations draw: Spectacular setting, intriguing groups
Sport by Press Association 20/06/2019, 10:19 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter The 32nd Africa Cup of Nations kicks off on Friday when hosts Egypt take on Zimbabwe in Cairo. Here, Press Association Sport answers some of the key questions ahead of the tournament. Where is it being held? Egypt will stage the competition from June 21 until July 19. Six venues across four cities will be used, with three stadia in Cairo and one each in Alexandria, Suez and Ismailia. The 74,100-capacity Cairo International Stadium will host the final and the opening match. Cameroon were initially selected as hosts but were stripped of the responsibility in November by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) because “a number of compliance conditions” had not been met. The start of the tournament was also pushed back six days to allow players to rest after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. What is the format? Since the last competition in 2017, the … [Read more...] about All you need to know about the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations