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AFCON 2019: Meet The 24 Finalist For Egypt 2019



The CAF African Cup of Nations makes a return after a 2-year break, the tournament was initially scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon. The West African nation would have hosted the competition for the first time since 1972. The Indomitable Lions were also the title holders after winning the previous edition.

On 30 November 2018, Cameroon was stripped of hosting the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations due to delays in the delivery of infrastructure, Boko Haram insurgency and the Anglophone Crisis. On 8 January 2019, Egypt were chosen by the CAF Executive Committee as the new host of the biennial football competition.

The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt in June and July has been pushed back by a week to cater for the holy month of Ramadan, the tournament’s chief told AFP.

The four-week long event will now run from June 21-July 19 instead of June 15-July 13, said Mohamed Fadl, a former player who has been handed the task of supervising the continental showpiece by the Egyptian Football Association (EFA).

Also, the 2019 edition will be the first with 24 teams and will also the Video Assistant Referee (VAR ) introduced into AFCON, six venues, Cairo International Stadium and 30 June Stadium in Cairo, Alexandria Stadium in Alexandria, Suez Stadium in Suez, Ismailia Stadium in Ismailia and Al Salam Stadium in Cairo will host the games

This will be the fifth time Egypt will be hosts after 1959, 1974 1986 and 2006, hoping to be winners after coming second place to Cameroon who won the last edition in Gabon, Nigeria winners in 2013 will hope to return as winners after missing the last two editions.

Algeria will hope to make a statement, while Senegal with their array of stars led by Sadio Mane will look to break the jinx and win the ever elusive trophy, Zaha and Ivory Coast will seek to repeat the 2015 feat when they won it last. Ghana will want to revive their dwindling status as the powerhouse and Morocco will hope to post better performance than what they achieved in Russia last year.





Nickname: The Pharaohs

Appearance: 24th

Last Appearance: 2017

Best Performance: Winners (x7)

Coach: Javier Aguirre

Star: Mo Salah (Liverpool)



Nickname: Leopards

Appearance: 19th

Last Appearance: 2017

Best Performance: Winners (x2 1968, 1974)

Coach: Florent Ibenge

Star: Cedric Bakambu (Villareal) , Yannick Bolaise(Everton)



Nickname: The Cranes

Appearance: 7th

Last Appearance: 1979

Best Performance: Winners (x1 1978)

Coach: Sébastien Desabre

Star: Farouk Miya (ND Gorica)



Nickname: The Warriors

Appearance: 4th

Last Appearance: 2017

Best Performance: Group stage (2004, 2006,2017)

Coach: Sunday Chidzambwa

Star: Khama Billiat (Kaizers Chief), Knowledge Musona (Anderlecht)





Nickname: Super Eagles

Appearance: 18th

Last Appearance: 2013

Best Performance: Winners (x3 1980, 1994, 2013)

Coach: Gernot Rohr

Star: John Obi Mikel (Middlesborough) (Alex Iwobi (Arsenal)



Nickname: Syli Nationales

Appearance: 11th

Last Appearance: 2015

Best Performance: Runners up (1976)

Coach: Paul Put

Star: Naby Keita (Liverpool)



Nickname: Barea

Appearance: 1st

Last Appearance: Nil

Best Performance: Nil

Coach: Nicolas Dupuis

Star: Faneva Ima Andriastima (Clement foot)



Nickname: The Swallows

Appearance: 1st

Last Appearance: Nil

Best Performance: Nil

Coach: Olivier Niyungelo

Star: Sadio Berahino(Stoke City)





Nickname: The Lions of Teranga

Appearance: 15th

Last Appearance: 2017

Best Performance: Runner-up (2002)

Coach: Aliou Cisse

Star: Sadio Mane (Liverpool)



Nickname: Desert Foxes

Appearance: 18th

Last Appearance: 2017

Best Performance: Winners (1990)

Coach: Djamel Belmadi

Star: Riyadh Mahrez (Manchester City)



Nickname: Harambee Stars

Appearance: 6th

Last Appearance: 2004

Best Performance: Group stage

Coach: Sebastian Migne

Star: Victor Wanyama (Tottenham)



Nickname: Taifa Stars

Appearance: 1st

Last Appearance: 1980

Best Performance: Group stage

Coach: Emmanuel Amuneke

Star: Mbwana Samatta (KRC Genk)





Nickname: Atlas Lions

Appearance: 17th

Last Appearance: 2017

Best Performance: Winners (x1 1976)

Coach: Herve Renard

Star: Hakim Ziyech (Ajax), Achraf Hakimi (Dortmund)



Nickname: The Elephants

Appearance: 26th

Last Appearance: 2017

Best Performance: Winners (x2, 2015 & 1992)

Coach: Ibrahim Kamara

Star: Wilfred Zaha (Crystal Palace)



Nickname: Bafana Bafana

Appearance: 9th

Last Appearance: 2015

Best Performance: Winners (x1 1996)

Coach: Stuart Baxter

Star: Percy Tau (Union SG )



Nickname: Brave Warriors

Appearance: 3rd

Last Appearance: 2008

Best Performance: Group stage

Coach: Fillemon Kanallelo

Star: Rudolf Bester (Alexandra Black Aces)





Nickname: Carthage Eagles

Appearance: 19th

Last Appearance: 2017

Best Performance: Winners (x1 2004)

Coach: Alain Giresses

Star: Youssef Msakni (AS Eupen)



Nickname: The Eagles

Appearance: 10th

Last Appearance: 2017

Best Performance: Runners up (1972)

Coach: Mohamed Magassouba (Interim)

Star: Adama Traore (Cercle Brugge)



Nickname: Lions of Chinguetti

Appearance: 1st

Last Appearance: Nil

Best Performance: Nil

Coach: Corentine Martin

Star: Adama Ba (Gazişehir Gaziantep)



Nickname: Palanga Negras

Appearance: 8th

Last Appearance: 2013

Best Performance: Quarter finals (2008 & 2010)

Coach: Srdjan Vasiljevic

Star: Gelson Dala (Rio Ave)





Nickname: Indomitable Lions

Appearance: 19th

Last Appearance: 2017

Best Performance: Winners (x5)

Coach: Clarence Seedorf

Star: Christian Bassagog (Henan Jianye)



Nickname: Black stars

Appearance: 22nd

Last Appearance: 2017

Best Performance: Winners (x4)

Coach: James Kwesi Appiah

Star: Andre Ayew ( Fenerbahçe)



Nickname: The Squirrel

Appearance: 3rd

Last Appearance: 2017

Best Performance: Group stage

Coach: Micheal Dussuyer

Star: Stephane Sessegnon (Gençlerbirliği)



Nickname: Djurtus

Appearance: 2nd

Last Appearance: 2017

Best Performance: Group Stage

Coach: Baciro Cande

Star: Piqueti Djassi (Al-Shoulla)









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Daniel is a passionate lover of Nigerian football. Follows local football and the national teams religiously. Aside from writing, he also does Sports analysis on Radio. Write to me on or follow me on twitter@danycrusoe95



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