Full AFCON 2019 draw: Egypt vs. Zimbabwe in opening game

Africa’s football governing body is conducting the draw for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON 2019). Several high profile guests, including Africa’s football legends, coaches of participating tea

A draw in front of a historic African location



The continent’s football governing body, the Confederation of African Football, CAF, is all set to conduct the draw for the 2019 African Cup of Nations, AFCON.



The event is taking place in front of the Great Pyramids in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. A number of African football legends are in town to grace the event.



It is a historic draw in its own right being the first time that twenty-four teams are going to compete and in a competition taking place mid-year, away from the traditional January – February.



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Our LIVE coverage brings you all the big occurrences as it happens. Whiles taking you back into some African football history facts. The following areas are covered as you scroll down.




  • Final draw

  • Egypt and AFCON hosting history

  • Speech from Egyptian president

  • CAF president’s speech

  • AFCON 2019 Quick Facts

  • LIVE video coverage from CAF

  • Stage is set, guests arrive

  • Who will conduct the draw?

  • AFCON 2019: Draw procedure finalized, Pots revealed

  • African legends attending the draw



Final draw of AFCON 2017 in Gabon – How we covered it

THE FINAL DRAW



GROUP A
EGYPT – DR CONGOUGANDAZIMBABWE



GROUP B

NIGERIAGUINEAMADAGASCARBURUNDI



GROUP C

SENEGALALGERIAKENYATANZANIA



GROUP D

MOROCCOIVORY COASTSOUTH AFRICANAMIBIA



GROUP E

TUNISIAMALIMAURITANIAANGOLA



GROUP F

CAMEROONGHANABENINGUINEA BISSAU









Egypt’s AFCON hosting history



Egypt beat South Africa to replace Cameroon as AFCON 2019 hosts. This will be the fifth time the country is hosting the tournament.



The last they organized was in 2006 when they won the trophy on home soil. They’d go on to defend the trophy in 2008 in Ghana and win it again in 2010 in Angola – their seventh title.



The four other editions were in 1959, 1974, 1986, and 2006. The 2019 edition will be seeing the participation of 24 teams for the first time in its history.






Message from president Al-Sisi




  • The president sends warm congratulations to all guests present.

  • Touts the cultural and historic hospitality of the Egyptian people.

  • Pledges that all is been done to secure a memorable tournament in a historic country.

  • Assures that all Egyptians are on board to welcome Africa and the world.

  • Rallies for unity with the game and ensures all a pleasant stay.



The president was represented by his Prime Minister. In 2016, Gabon President Ali Bongo was present as well as his PM






Highlights from speech of CAF president




  • Spoke about pride of presiding over CAF at this time in its history.

  • Praised three presidents Paul Biya (Cameroon) Alassane Ouattara of Ivory Coast and Alpha Conde of Guinea for understanding the arrangement of the next three AFCONs.

  • Thanks Egypt president Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi and the host country for hospitality.

  • Congratulated all guests present and the qualifying countries.





Quick facts




  • Cameroon is the only Central African country in the tournament.

  • West Africa has the largest number of teams – Nine.

  • North and East Africa have four teams representing them.

  • Southern Africa has six representatives.

  • This is the first draw for President Ahmad Ahmad. As at October 2016 Hayatou was president at the draw for Gabon 2017.



IN DEPTH: Profiling the 24 teams that qualified




LIVE video coverage from CAF





Who will conduct the draw?



The fate of several teams that will be hoping for a favorable draw will lie in the hands of mother luck, who on this occasion will be represented by Ivorian legend Yaya Toure, Egypt’s Ahmed Hassan, Morocco legend and current assistant coach, Mustapha Hadji and Senegal’s El Hadji Diouf.



CAF Deputy General Secretary, Anthony Baffoe, along with FIFA president Gianni Infantino.



AFCON 2019 draw



The continent’s football governing body, the Confederation of African Football, CAF, is all set to conduct the draw for the 2019 African Cup of Nations, AFCON.



CAF said its Executive Committee at a meeting on Thursday, 11 April 2019, in Cairo, Egypt approved the draw procedure for the tournament slated for Egypt later this year.



The procedure was proposed by the Organising Committee at its meeting 24-hours earlier. The draw takes place in Egypt on Friday evening.



The pots and seedings of the 24 qualified teams were decided based on the latest FIFA World rankings (released 4 April 2019), which is globally accepted and portrays a true reflection of the state of the qualified teams.



AFCON 2019: Draw Procedure finalized, Pots revealed



POT 1

EGYPT, CAMEROON, SENEGAL, TUNISIA, NIGERIA, MOROCCO



POT 2

DR CONGO, GHANA, MALI, COTE D’IVOIRE, GUINEA, ALGERIA



POT 3

SOUTH AFRICA, UGANDA, BENIN, MAURITANIA, MADAGASCAR, KENYA



POT 4

ZIMBABWE, NAMIBIA, GUINEA BISSAU, ANGOLA, TANZANIA, BURUNDI



Egypt is pooled in Pot 1 because of their status as hosts of the competition whiles Cameroon is also in the same pot by virtue of being the defending champions.



Only Egypt’s slot is known because they are the first team in what will become Group A.



READ MOREAFCON 2019: Draw Procedure finalized, Pots revealed

Stage is set, guests arrive



With a little over an hour left to the main event of the day, guests have started arriving at the venue.





















Beautiful venue



Several football enthusiasts have been marveling at the beauty of the Sphinx and the pyramids, which will play host to the draw.









African legends attending the draw



















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Kenya's David Rudisha undergoes ankle surgery

Since 2016, Rudisha has competed sporadically. He only raced four times in 2017, and did not compete in 2018, 2019 or 2020. He hopes to compete at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

Two-time Olympic 800-meter champion David Rudisha underwent surgery on his left ankle on Thursday after fracturing it while walking on uneven ground at his home in Kilgoris in rural Narok County, Kenya, last week.

“The surgery was carried out by Kenyan team doctor and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Victor Bargoria,” reported Rudisha’s manager, Michel Boeting of one4one Sports in the Netherlands.

He continued: “During a walk on the compound the 31-year-old stepped on uneven ground, and initially believed it was not a serious injury. He continued with exercises that wouldn’t cause further harm to his ankle but after a lack of improvement over the weekend, he underwent an examination and was diagnosed with an ankle fracture at St. Luke’s hospital in Eldoret.”

Boeting says that Rudisha will be out of training for 12 to 16 weeks.

Rudisha won his first Olympic title in London in 2012 in what many consider to be the greatest 800-meter race ever held. Running from the front, he set a new world record of 1:40.91, a mark which still stands nearly eight years later.

Rudisha was able to defend his title in Rio in 2016, running his fastest time of the year of 1:42.15, beating Algeria’s Taoufik Makhloufi by nearly half a second.

Since 2016, Rudisha has competed sporadically. He only raced four times in 2017, and did not compete in 2018, 2019 or 2020. He hopes to compete at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

Agencies

Rwanda, Gambia quit as Burundi resumes [Football Planet]

End of the season on mainland with the list getting longer.

End of the season on mainland with the list getting longer. The Gambia and Rwanda quit after more than two months. Meanwhile, Burundi has resumed and Tanzania is expected to follow soon.

The African transfer market is under threat over COVID-19 and fears of a financial crisis. The stoppage of competitions is a hard blow for clubs, footballers and player representatives. We speak to a players’ agent, Adama Ndiaye.

And will the 2022 Worlc Cup in Qatar be as attractive as hoped? Qatari authorities are trying to reassure the world. They’ve promised an affordable World Cup, despite the high cost of living in the emirate.

Our Wahany Johnson Sambou has the details of these and more on this week’s edition of Football Planet.

CAF begins early payments to 32 clubs featuring on continental fixtures

Good news to the clubs featuring this season in African interclub. CAF decided to pay the quotas earlier than expected

Caf release funds to respective clubs

Good news to the clubs featuring this season in African interclub. CAF decided to pay the quotas earlier than expected. A great relief to the teams facing uncertainty linked to the Covid-19.

CAF will soon meet to discuss precisely on the possibility of a continuation of the season.

Senegalese league to resume in November

Senegal is determined to continue the already suspend league to the end of the season. The Federation has scheduled a return to competition in November after a unanimous decision.

Ajax crowned player of the year

The Moroccan striker has been named the Ajax player of the season for the third consecutive year. A nice farewell gift before joining Chelsea this summer.

Libyan golf flourishes with no equipment

Amid the global coronavirus pandemic, Libya, like many other countries, has suspended sport activities, such as golf, to limit the spread of the outbreak.

Despite the ongoing conflict in Libya, golf enthusiasts in the country have tried to revive the neglected sport.

At the Juliana Golf Course of Benghazi, local tournaments are held on a wasteland, covered with wild grass and stagnant water ponds.

Despite its poor condition, this course is considered one of the oldest in the African continent.

The nine-hole course, which was established by British individuals in the late 1940s, is one of only three golf courses in the country.

But the field suffered negligence when dictator Muammar Gaddafi seized power in 1969, and stopped the support for golf, which had been a very popular sport at the time.

Despite those cutbacks, the love for golf still exists and some Libyans have returned to practice after a decades-long absence.

Abdelhalim Al-Hwiti was a professional golfer before he became a coach and represented Libya in several world championships, from 1983 to 2015.

He believes that the younger generation has good potential, but the lack of equipment and negligence for this sport makes it difficult for them to achieve their aspirations.

The head of the Libyan Golf Federation in the eastern region, Mabrouk Mohamed, said that, among the biggest problems faced by the federation, are the lack of resources and support from the state.

Mohamed revealed that, although the country is considered rich because of its oil production, the Libyan governments and the Ministry of Sports show no interest in golf.

Amid the global coronavirus pandemic, Libya, like many other countries, has suspended sport activities, such as golf, to limit the spread of the outbreak.

AP

IFF election: Jacques Anouma eases tensions

Ivorian Football Federation former president has stepped up to try and ease tensions.

As the race to the Ivorian Football Federation presidency heats up, the association’s former president has stepped up to try and ease tensions

In a special message, Jacques Anouma the former head of the federal body FIF drew everyone’s attention to the need for peaceful elections.

He reminded people that sport in general and football in particular rests on the noble value of fair play.

And In Guinea, the Pro League season comes to an end. A decision that could have an impact on the African campaign of Horoya AC, which is due to play in the semi-final of the CAF Cup of Nations. The team’s coach, Lamine Ndiaye, gave more details.