17 June 2019

Holiday is over and now is time for some football action

After a long wait the fourth and last regional football championship in 2019 (or third this summer) is going to begin. Originally, Africa Cup of Nations had to start playing from middle of this month, but due to Ramadan this event has been delayed one week later and is finally commencing next weekend.
With many problems and just five months before the start, the confederation has assigned Egypt to host edition number 32. For the first time all qualified teams will experience summer conditions, instead of January/February time frame that it was played before. Divided in six groups, 24 teams are going to fight for the top two positions who will progress to the knockout rounds. In addition, 4 more third best placed teams are going to join them according to rankings. Madagascar, Mauritania and Burundi are going to play at the competition for the first time. There will be three knockout rounds plus two final classification duels. At the capital of the country Cairo three stadiums are going to be used, together with one each in Alexandria, Suez and Ismailia. Whether we will see the defending champion Cameroon in game number 52, we are going to find out on 19 July at the Cairo international stadium. The schedule for first 7 matches from round one is as follows:

21 June, Friday at 22.00 CET: Egypt - Zimbabwe.

22 June, Saturday at 16.30 CET: Democratic Republic of Congo - Uganda.
22 June, Saturday at 19.00 CET: Nigeria - Burundi.
22 June, Saturday at 22.00 CET: Guinea - Madagascar.

23 June, Sunday at 16.30 CET: Morocco - Namibia.
23 June, Sunday at 19.00 CET: Senegal - Tanzania.
23 June, Sunday at 22.00 CET: Algeria - Kenya.


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