Uganda Cranes fans in the stands at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam (Photo: Aisha Nakato) Credit: Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO
Uganda Cranes will play at AFCON 2019 in group A with hosts Egypt, DR Congo and Zimbabwe Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

32nd Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON):

  • 19th June – 19th July 2019
  • Host Country: Egypt (Cairo International Stadium, Air Force Stadium, Port Said Stadium, Ismailia Stadium, Suez Sport Stadium, Alexandria Stadium)

The groups for the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) were made public on Friday, 12 April 2019 in the historical city of Giza the midst of the eye-catching Sphinx and the pyramids.

This was during the ceremony of draws to identify the group in which the different 24 countries will feature.

Uganda will play hosts and record tournament winners Egypt in group A alongside Zimbabwe and two-time AFCON winners Democratic Republic of Congo (winners in 1968 and 1974).

There is an East African derby between Kenya and Tanzania in group C and the other two countries in the group are Algeria and Senegal.

Nigeria, Guinea, Madagascar, Burundi were pooled in group B.

Morocco, Cote D’Voire, South Africa and Namibia are housed in group D.

Group E has Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania and Angola.

The all Western African affair falls in group F where defending champions Cameroon will face four time winners Ghana, Benin and Guinea Bissau in arguably the group of death.

L-R: Sebastien Desabre, Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi and Patrick Ntege in Egypt at the draws

Uganda was heavily represented at the draws with the head coach Sebastien Desabre, FA Boss Moses Magogo, third vice president Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi and national teams manager Patrick Ntege Kaweesa all in attendance.

Moses Magogo with Sebastien Desabre moments before the draws

Some of Africa’s football legends as Yaya Toure (Africa’s best player 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2011), Rigobert Song, El Hadji Diouf, Mustapha Hadji,  Honsy Abd Rabo among others graced the draws.

Arrival for some of African football legends for the 2019 AFCON draws in Egypt

The CAF President Ahmed Ahmed, Egypt’s prime minister Mostafa Boubaly, Egypt FA supremo Hassan Abo also graced the ceremony draws ceremony.

For the first time, 24 countries will be competing at arguably the best footballing fiesta on the African continent.

Cameroon is the defending champion, having triumphed during the last event hosted by Gabon in 2017.

Majestic fire works

Cameroon is the defending champion, having triumphed during the last event hosted by Gabon in 2017.

Egypt has the record number of appearances, 15 and the most triumphs as champions (7). The Egyptians have been on the podium as winners in 1957, 1959, 1986, 1998, 2006, 2008 and lately 2010.

Cameroon has five titles (1984, 1988, 2000, 2002 and 2017).

Ghana has won it four times in 1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982, closely followed by Nigeria in 1980 1994 and 2013.

Ivory Coast (1992, 2015) and DR Congo (1968, 1974) has each won twice.

Seven countries have won once – Zambia (2012), Tunisia (2004), Sudan (1970), Algeria (1990), Ethiopia (1962), Morocco (1976), South Africa (1996) and Congo (1972).

This will be Uganda Cranes’ seventh time to play at AFCON finals since 1962, 1968, 1974, 1976, 1978, 2007 and now 2019.

The best ever finish was in the 1978 edition when Uganda Cranes lost 2-0 to hosts Ghana in the final.

Egypt will use six stadia to host this biennial championship and these are Cairo International Stadium, Air Force Stadium, Port Said Stadium, Ismailia Stadium, Suez Sport Stadium and Alexandria Stadium.

Groups:

  • A:  Egypt, DR Congo, Uganda, Zimbabwe
  • B:  Nigeria, Guinea, Madagascar, Burundi
  • C: Senegal, Algeria, Kenya, Tanzania
  • D: Morocco, Cote D’Voire, South Africa, Namibia
  • E: Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania, Angola
  • F: Cameroon, Ghana, Benin, Guinea Bissau

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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3 Comments

  1. Uganda may God bless you to bring the AFCON cup 2019 home. In Jesus mighty Name.

  2. I wish to enjoy a great Football and good luck to all
    the Countries.
    Best Regards,

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