Africa Cup of Nations 2019: Draw, fixtures, groups & how to watch AFCON

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The African competition commences this summer in Egypt, with defending champions Cameroon looking to claim a sixth title

Contents

1. Africa Cup of Nations format
2. Tables, fixtures & results
3. What is the Africa Cup of Nations?
4. TV channels & live streaming
5. Previous Africa Cup of Nations winners

The 32nd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations is set to take place this summer with teams battling it out to be crowned continental champions.

Title holders Cameroon had their hosting duties stripped after CAF stated that they were not satisfied with the country's preparations.

Following the news of Cameroon no longer hosting the competition, it was announced in January that CAF had chosen Egypt as the new host nation .

It is good news for fans of European teams as the Africa Cup of Nations will be held in the summer and not in the usual winter period for the first time in the tournament's history, and so players participating in the tournament will not have to disrupt their league season to represent their country.

Goal takes a look the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, qualified teams, how it works and brings you all the dates and fixture information.


What is the format of the Africa Cup of Nations?


At the final stage of the competition, 24 teams will be drawn into six groups of four teams each.

The teams in each group will then play in a single round-robin format, and after the group stage, the top two teams and the four best third teams will advance to the round of 16.

The winners will advance to the quarter-finals stage, and from then on, progress to the semi-finals. The semi-final losers will contest a third-place match, while semi-final winners will advance to the final.

Group stage games kick off on June 21 and the final will take place on July 19.

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Africa Cup of Nations final


The two semi-final winners will meet in the showpiece in Cairo.

Date Match Kick-off time Venue
Jul 19 Senegal-Algeria 8pm BST / 3pm ET Cairo International Stadium

Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals


The four winners from the quarter-finals make up the semi-finalists in Egypt.

Date Match Kick-off time Venue
Jul 14 Senegal 1-0 (AET) Tunisia 5pm BST / 12pm ET 30 June Stadium
Jul 14 Algeria 2-1 Nigeria 8pm BST / 3pm ET Cairo International Stadium

Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals


The eight winners from the last 16 make up the quarter-finalists in Egypt.

Date Match Kick-off time Venue
Jul 10 Senegal  1-0 Benin 5pm BST / 12pm ET 30 June Stadium
Jul 10 Nigeria 2-1 South Africa 8pm BST / 3pm ET Cairo International Stadium
Jul 11 Ivory Coast 1-1 (3-4 pens)  Algeria 5pm BST / 12pm ET Suez Stadium
Jul 11 Madagascar 0-3 Tunisia 8pm BST / 3pm ET Al Salam Stadium

Africa Cup of Nations round-of-16


The first knockout stage of the Africa Cup of Nations consists of 16 of the 24 teams - with two teams progressing from each one of the six groups and the four best third-placed teams also qualifying.

Date Match Kick-off time Venue
Jul 5 Morocco 1-1 (2-4 pens) Benin  5pm BST / 12pm ET Al Salam Stadium
Jul 5 Uganda 0-1 Senegal 8pm BST / 3pm ET Cairo International Stadium
Jul 6 Nigeria 3-2 Cameroon 5pm BST / 12pm ET Alexandria Stadium
Jul 6 Egypt 0-1 South Africa 8pm BST / 3pm ET Cairo International Stadium
Jul 7 Madagascar 2-2 (4-2 pens) DR Congo 5pm BST / 12pm ET Alexandria Stadium
Jul 7 Algeria 3-0 Guinea 8pm BST / 3pm ET 30 June Stadium
Jul 8 Mali 0-1 Ivory Coast 5pm BST / 12pm ET Suez Stadium
Jul 8 Ghana 1-1 (4-5 pens)  Tunisia 8pm BST / 3pm ET Ismailia Stadium

Africa Cup of Nations Group A tables, fixtures & results


Pos Team GP W D L GD Pts
1 🇪🇬 Egypt 3 3 0 0 +5 9
2 🇺🇬 Uganda 3 1 1 1 0 4
3  🇨🇩 DR Congo 3 1 0 2 0 3
4 🇿🇼 Zimbabwe 3 0 1 2 -5 1

Fixtures

Date Game Time (UK) Venue
June 22 Egypt 1-0 Zimbabwe 9pm Cairo International Stadium
June 22 DR Congo 0-2 Uganda 3:30pm Cairo International Stadium
June 26 Egypt 2-0 DR Congo 9pm Cairo International Stadium
June 26 Uganda 1-1 Zimbabwe 6pm Cairo International Stadium
June 30 Uganda 0-2 Egypt 8pm Cairo International Stadium
June 30 Zimbabwe 0-4 DR Congo 8pm Cairo International Stadium

Africa Cup of Nations Group B tables, fixtures & results


Pos Team GP W D L GD Pts
1 🇲🇬 Madagascar 3 2 1 0 +3 7
2 🇳🇬 Nigeria 3 2 0 1 0 6
3 🇬🇳 Guinea 3 1 1 1 +1 4
4 🇧🇮 Burundi 3 0 0 3 -4 0

Fixtures

Date Game Time (UK) Venue
June 22 Nigeria 1-0 Burundi 6pm Alexandria Stadium
June 22 Guinea 2-2 Madagascar 9pm Alexandria Stadium
June 26 Nigeria 1-0 Guinea 3:30pm Alexandria Stadium
June 27 Madagascar 1-0 Burundi 3:30pm Alexandria Stadium
June 30 Madagascar 2-0 Nigeria 5pm Alexandria Stadium
June 30 Burundi 0-2 Guinea 5pm Al Salam Stadium

Africa Cup of Nations Group C tables, fixtures & results


Pos Team GP W D L GD Pts
1 🇩🇿 Algeria 3 3 0 0 +6 9
2 🇸🇳 Senegal 3 2 0 1 +4 6
3 🇰🇪 Kenya 3 1 0 2 -4 3
4 🇹🇿 Tanzania 3 0 0 3 -6 0

Fixtures

Date Game Time (UK) Venue
June 23 Senegal 2-0 Tanzania 6pm 30 June Stadium
June 23 Algeria 2-0 Kenya 9pm 30 June Stadium
June 27 Senegal 0-1 Algeria 6pm 30 June Stadium
June 27 Kenya 3-2 Tanzania 9pm 30 June Stadium
July 1 Kenya 0-3 Senegal 8pm 30 June Stadium
July 1 Tanzania 0-3 Algeria 8pm Al Salam Stadium

Africa Cup of Nations Group D tables, fixtures & results


Pos Team GP W D L GD Pts
1 🇲🇦 Morocco 3 3 0 0 +3 9
2 🇨🇮 Ivory Coast 3 2 0 1 +3 6
3 🇿🇦 South Africa 3 1 0 2 -1 3
4 🇳🇦 Namibia 3 0 0 3 -5 0

Fixtures

Date Game Time (UK) Venue
June 23 Morocco 1-0 Namibia 3:30pm Al Salam Stadium
June 24 Ivory Coast 1-0 South Africa 3:30pm Al Salam Stadium
June 28 Morocco 1-0 Ivory Coast 6pm Al Salam Stadium
June 28 South Africa 1-0 Namibia 9pm Al Salam Stadium
July 1 South Africa 0-1 Morcoco 5pm Al Salam Stadium
July 1 Namibia 1-4 Ivory Coast 5pm Cairo International Stadium

Africa Cup of Nations Group E tables, fixtures & results


Pos Team GP W D L GD Pts
1 🇲🇱 Mali 3 2 1 0 +4 7
2 🇹🇳 Tunisia 3 0 3 0 0 3
3 🇦🇴 Angola 3 0 2 1 -1 2
4 🇲🇷 Mauritania 3 0 2 1 -3 2

Fixtures

Date Game Time (UK) Venue
June 24 Tunisia 1-1 Angola 6pm Suez Stadium
June 24 Mali 4-1 Mauritania 9pm Suez Stadium
June 28 Tunisia 1-1 Mali 3:30pm Suez Stadium
June 29 Mauritania 0-0 Angola 3:30pm Suez Stadium
July 2 Mauritania 0-0 Tunisia 8pm Suez Stadium
July 2 Angola 0-1 Mali 8pm Ismailia Stadium

Africa Cup of Nations Group F tables, fixtures & results


Pos Team GP W D L GD Pts
1 🇬🇭 Ghana 3 1 2 0 +2 5
2 🇨🇲 Cameroon 3 1 2 0 +2 5
3 🇧🇯 Benin 3 0 3 0 0 3
4 🇬🇼 Guinea-Bissau 3 0 1 2 -4 1

Fixtures

Date Game Time (UK) Venue
June 25 Cameroon 2-0 Guinea-Bissau 6pm Ismailia Stadium
June 25 Ghana 2-2 Benin 9pm Ismailia Stadium
June 29 Cameroon 0-0 Ghana 6pm Ismailia Stadium
June 29 Benin 0-0 Guinea-Bissau 9pm Ismailia Stadium
July 2 Benin 0-0 Cameroon 5pm Ismailia Stadium
July 2 Guinea-Bissau 0-2 Ghana 5pm Suez Stadium

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What is the Africa Cup of Nations?


Mohamed Salah Egypt Africa Cup of Nations 2017

The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) is the biennial international men's football championship of Africa organised by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

This summer's tournament will be the 32nd edition of the competition and it will be the first Africa Cup of Nations where the competition format has been expanded from 16 to 24 teams.

When does the Africa Cup of Nations take place?

It will take place from June 21, 2019, to July 19, 2019 , following the decision made by the CAF Executive Committee in June 2017 to move the Africa Cup of Nations from the January/February period to June/July for the first time. The exact dates of the tournament were switched when Egypt was chosen to replace Cameroon as hosts in order to avoid clashing with Ramadan.

This means that Europe-based players intending to participate in the Africa Cup of Nations with their country will not be forced to take leave of their club duties during January and February, as had been the case in previous seasons.

It is good news for fans of the Premier League as players such as Sadio Mane (Senegal), Mohamed Salah (Egypt) and Riyad Mahrez (Algeria) will not be withdrawn from club duty mid-season with Liverpool and Manchester City, respectively.

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TV channels & live streaming


The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will be broadcast live on Eurosport in the UK. The Eurosport Player provides a live streaming service.

In the US, games will be shown on the beIN Sports network and they can be streamed live online using beIN Connect.

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Previous Africa Cup of Nations winners


Egypt Africa Cup of Nations 2010

Cameroon are defending champions after winning their fifth title in 2017 against Egypt in the final, triumphing 2-1 courtesy of goals from Nikolas Nkoulou and Vincent Aboukabar. 

The Pharaohs have won the competition the most times, having been victors on a record seven occasions, but have not won the tournament since 2010 when they defeated Ghana in the final.

Ivory Coast were victors of the 2015 edition, with Nigeria and Zambia having won the 2013 and 2011 tournaments respectively.

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Premier League stars in Salah, Mane, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mahrez all featured in the 2017 tournament, with all four bagging two goals apiece.

Congolese striker Junior Kabananga won the award for the competition's top-scorer, and Cameroonian Christian Bassogog was awarded the honour of the tournament's best-performing player.

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