2019 Africa Cup of Nations: All you need to know

The AFCON Cup finals will be held on July 19 at the Cairo International Stadium.

Harambee Stars Vs Algeria. 2019 Africa Cup of Nations: All you need to know (REUTERS)

The most prestigious football tournament in Africa is almost underway. The AFCON Cup is the perfect stage for African countries to prove their football prowess. If you are into Betway, it’s one tournament you cannot miss. You can bet on all the matches with Betway, and win big!

Here are all the details that you need to know about the Africa Cup of Nations. 

When is the AFCON cup taking place?

The tournament will begin on June 21 and come to an end on July 19, 2019. The opening match will involve the host country Egypt vs. Zimbabwe. It will take place at the Cairo International Stadium. It’s one tournament that you need to bet on if you are on Betway.

Who will be hosting the AFCON Cup this year?

Egypt is the hosting nation but it was the later host after Cameroon was stripped of its hosting rights. The Confederation of African Football stripped Cameroon of the rights to hold the tournament after the country's slow pace to develop the infrastructure.

The AFCON which is the most prestigious football competition in Africa was moved to Egypt. However, some adjustments had to be made such as the dates. The original days were set from June 15 to July 13 however due to the celebration of Ramadan they were pushed at the current dates. This was in order to give the players enough time to rest after a month of prayer and fasting.

How many teams have qualified for the AFCON?

There are a total of 24 teams which are participating in the 2019 AFCON Cup. The teams have further been divided into six groups, and each group has four countries that need to play each other. The two teams which emerge the top on their group will qualify for the tournament.

Some of the favourites in the various groups include Senegal in Group C. The odds for them to be eligible for the competition have been set at an all-time high. This is because it is considered that the teams in Group C are quite weak. Other favourites include Egypt who will receive a home backing, and they have one of the best players Mohammed Salah. However, they have a tough assignment after they were grouped with Zimbabwe, DRC and Uganda. 

On the other hand, Nigeria, Ghana, and Côte D'Ivoire are also active in their own group; B, D and E. South Africa has been drawn in Group D where they have to face former AFCON Winners Morocco and Namibia. The last time that Bafana Bafana was pitted against Namibia was during the 1988 Cup.

Which are the host cities?

Egypt has set aside three stadiums which will host the event; Cairo International Stadium, Al Salam Stadium and the Alexandria Stadium.

When will be the finals?

The finals for the AFCON Cup will be held on July 19 at the Cairo International Stadium.


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