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



















Kenya's former olympic 1500 metres champion Asbel Kiprop banned four years for doping

The 29-year-old, who also won three world championship golds, tested positive for the banned blood booster erythropoietin (EPO) in November 2017.

Kenya’s former Olympic 1500 metres champion Asbel Kiprop has been handed a four-year ban for doping, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said on Saturday.

The 29-year-old, who also won three world championship golds, tested positive for the banned blood booster erythropoietin (EPO) in November 2017.

Kiprop had argued his urine sample, which was taken out of competition, could have been tampered with by his testers, who had tipped him off about their visit and taken a payment from him.

But the AIU, an independent body managing all doping-related matters for athletics, said they were satisfied that there had been no interference and an IAAF Disciplinary Tribunal on Saturday suspended him for four years effective February 2018.

He had been tentatively suspended by the AIU in May last year.

“The (AIU) panel is aware that its order will interrupt, and may even terminate, the athlete’s sporting career and cast a shadow over his impressive competitive record,” it said in a statement.

“But in its opinion the laboratory results viewed in the context of the evidential record and the regulatory framework unit admit of no other conclusion than the case against the athlete is convincingly made out.”

Kiprop can appeal his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). He continues to maintain his innocence.

“There is no justice in the world. Not every prisoner in jail is guilty,” he told Kenyan media on Saturday. “I will consult my lawyer to see if I will appeal at CAS but no matter the outcome I will be back stronger.”

Kiprop was awarded the 1500m gold medal from the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing after original winner Rashid Ramzi tested positive for doping. Kiprop won his three world titles in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

Senegal's Sadio Mane shortlisted for PFA Player of the Year award

The award is voted for by PFA members from the 92 Premier League and Football League teams in England. The current holder is Egypt and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah.

The Professional Footballers Association, PFA, on Saturday revealed the shortlist for the season’s PFA Player’s Player of the Year with Senegal and Liverpool’s Sadio Mane being the only African listed.

Mane is one of two Liverpool players on the list along with defender Virgil van Dijk. Manchester City, Liverpool’s main challengers for the Premier League title had three nominees.

Argentine attacker Sergio Aguero, England’s Raheem Sterling and Portuguese Bernado Silva were listed. The last nominee was Belgian international and Chelsea forward Eden Hazard.

The award is voted for by PFA members from the 92 Premier League and Football League teams in England. The current holder is Egypt and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah.

Mane’s exploits have been crucial for Liverpool in their quest for a historic Premier League title and also challenge for the UEFA Champions League, a campaign they came second in last season.

The PFA awards also recognizes Young Player of the Year with two of those listed on the Player’s Player also listed in that category – Sterling and Silva.

The complete list is as follows:

  • Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool
  • David Brooks, AFC Bournemouth
  • Marcus Rashford, Manchester United
  • Declan Rice, West Ham United
  • Bernardo Silva, Manchester City
  • Raheem Sterling, Manchester City

German giants FC Bayern opens football academy in Ethiopia - first in Africa

Despite being the first such facility in Africa, FC Bayern has such facilities in the USA, China, Thailand, Japan and Singapore. Ethiopia becomes the sixth country where FC Bayern has established a Fo

German and European football giants, FC Bayern have announced the opening of a new FC Bayern Football School at a media conference in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

The partnership with the national football body, the Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) includes an ongoing exchange of experience plus the regular presence of youth coaches from FC Bayern to train local players and coaches in Addis Ababa.

Jörg Wacker, FC Bayern executive board member for Internationalisation and Strategy, and FCB Brand ambassador Giovane Elber accompanied the official delegation of the Bavarian Minister President Dr. Markus Söder, who is currently visiting Ethiopia.

His duties include opening an Africa Office in the city of Addis Ababa with its population of 4.4 million. As part of an FC Bayern under 17 tournament, Wacker signed an agreement at the Yidnekachew Tessema Stadium Addis Ababa.

That was followed by a symbolic kick-off of the “FC BAYERN FOOTBALL SCHOOL ADDIS ABABA” in the presence of the Bavarian Minister President plus representatives of the national football federation and the Ministry of Sport.

Minister President Dr. Markus Söder said: “FC Bayern is one of Bavaria’s biggest attractions. Now, the FC Bayern Football School in Addis Ababa brings together Bavarian expertise in football with a sports-mad nation. That is a good basis for a promising partnership.”

“With the FC Bayern Football School in Addis Ababa we are opening our first football school of this type in Africa,” said Jörg Wacker. “This gives us the opportunity to bring our fans in Africa even closer to FC Bayern and, with the help of our expertise, make an important contribution to the development of football in Ethiopia.”

Following on from USA, China, Thailand, Japan and Singapore, Ethiopia is the sixth country where FC Bayern has established a Football School.

Egypt official accuses CAF president of corruption and abuse of office

A senior official, Amr Fahmy, who levelled the allegations against the president was fired after he accused his boss of bribes and misuse of hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to officials an

Confederation of African Football (CAF) president, Ahmad Ahmad has been accused of corruption and abuse of office, in what could potentially be the latest scandal to rock the football world.

A senior official, Amr Fahmy, who levelled the allegations against the president was fired after he accused his boss of bribes and misuse of hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to officials and an internal document.

What is Ahmad accused of?

The document, sent on March 31 by Egypt’s Fahmy to a FIFA body that investigates alleged ethics breaches and seen by Reuters, accuses Ahmad of ordering his secretary-general to pay $20,000 bribes into accounts of African football association presidents.

They included Cape Verde and Tanzania.

The document also accused Ahmad of costing CAF an extra $830,000 by ordering equipment via a French intermediary company called Tactical Steel.

Furthermore, it accuses him of harassing four female CAF staff, whom it did not name; violating statutes to increase Moroccan representation within the organisation; and over-spending more than $400,000 of CAF money on cars in Egypt and Madagascar, where a satellite office has been set up for him.

Fahmy is fired

Senior CAF officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Fahmy was fired after compiling the document with the allegations against Ahmad, from Madagascar, who took the top African soccer post two years ago.

CAF confirmed to Reuters that Fahmy lost his job at an executive committee meeting in Cairo on Thursday, prior to the draw for the Africa Cup of Nations finals.

It declined to give more details about the reason for his dismissal.

“There’s no explanation. It’s the Executive Committee decision,” communications director Nathalie Rabe said in an email exchange with Reuters on Sunday.

Fahmy was replaced by Mouad Hajji, from Morocco.

Ahmad, who is also a vice-president of world governing body FIFA, did not respond to requests for comment on the allegations against him.

Requests for comment to the football presidents and authorities of Cape Verde and Tanzania, and to Tactical Steel in France, were also not immediately answered.

Tainted sport

The allegations against Ahmad follow a string of scandals related to FIFA’s practices in Latin America and Asia in recent years, which have led to the indictment and jailing of numerous senior football administrators.

The corruption scandals first broke in 2015.

The CAF case is potentially problematic for FIFA president Gianni Infantino – set to be re-elected unopposed in June for a four-year term – as Ahmad is one of his deputies.

FIFA declined comment.

“The Ethics Committee does not comment on potential ongoing proceedings nor on whether or not investigations are underway into alleged ethics cases,” a spokesperson said.

Ahmad, 59, served as Minister of Fisheries in Madagascar and in the country’s senate before a quick rise to the CAF presidency. His accuser Fahmy, 35, was appointed as general secretary in late 2017, keeping up a family tradition that stretches across three generations.

REUTERS

AFCON 2019: Six pools, four teams per pool

AFCON 2019: Six pools, four teams per pool

The draws of the 2019 edition of Africa’s most prestigious football competition are now known with old regional rivalry and revenge opportunities characterizing several polls.
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Champions league cup holders Esperance comfortably picked their tickets alongside TP Mazembe, Sundowns and Wydad, setting up a teeth rattling semi finals.

Host nation Tanzania lost their opener against Nigeria in a 5-4 thriller as the competition promises it’s own fair share of excitement, we shall be speaking with a reporter in Dar el Salaam.