The 32nd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations is set to take place this June, with the qualification stages now complete.
All 24 teams have been confirmed for this summer's tournament, though title holders Cameroon had their hosting duties stripped after CAF stated that they were not satisfied with the country's preparations.
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.Return to top
Africa Cup of Nations Group A tables, fixtures & results
|2||🇨🇩 DR Congo||0||0||0||0||0|
|June 22||Egypt vs Zimbabwe||10pm||Cairo International Stadium|
|June 22||DR Congo vs Uganda||3:30pm||Cairo International Stadium|
|June 26||Egypt vs DR Congo||9pm||Cairo International Stadium|
|June 26||Uganda vs Zimbabwe||6pm||Cairo International Stadium|
|June 30||Uganda vs Egypt||8pm||Cairo International Stadium|
|June 30||Zimbabwe vs DR Congo||8pm||30 June Stadium|
Africa Cup of Nations Group B tables, fixtures & results
|June 22||Nigeria vs Burundi||6pm||Alexandria Stadium|
|June 22||Guinea vs Madagascar||9pm||Alexandria Stadium|
|June 26||Nigeria vs Guinea||3:30pm||Alexandria Stadium|
|June 27||Madagascar vs Burundi||3:30pm||Alexandria Stadium|
|June 30||Madagascar vs Nigeria||5pm||Alexandria Stadium|
|June 30||Burundi vs Guinea||5pm||Al Salam Stadium|
Africa Cup of Nations Group C tables, fixtures & results
|June 23||Senegal vs Tanzania||6pm||30 June Stadium|
|June 23||Algeria vs Kenya||9pm||30 June Stadium|
|June 27||Senegal vs Algeria||6pm||30 June Stadium|
|June 27||Kenya vs Tanzania||9pm||30 June Stadium|
|July 1||Kenya vs Senegal||8pm||30 June Stadium|
|July 1||Tanzania vs Algeria||8pm||Al Salam Stadium|
Africa Cup of Nations Group D tables, fixtures & results
|2||🇨🇮 Ivory Coast||0||0||0||0||0|
|3||🇿🇦 South Africa||0||0||0||0||0|
|June 23||Morocco vs Namibia||3:30pm||Al Salam Stadium|
|June 24||Ivory Coast vs South Africa||3:30pm||Al Salam Stadium|
|June 28||Morocco vs Ivory Coast||6pm||Al Salam Stadium|
|June 28||South Africa vs Namibia||9pm||Al Salam Stadium|
|July 1||South Africa vs Morcoco||5pm||Al Salam Stadium|
|July 1||Namibia vs Ivory Coast||5pm||Cairo International Stadium|
Africa Cup of Nations Group E tables, fixtures & results
|June 24||Tunisia vs Angola||6pm||Suez Stadium|
|June 24||Mali vs Mauritania||9pm||Suez Stadium|
|June 28||Tunisia vs Mali||3:30pm||Suez Stadium|
|June 29||Mauritania vs Angola||3:30pm||Suez Stadium|
|July 2||Mauritania vs Tunisia||8pm||Suez Stadium|
|July 2||Angola vs Mali||8pm||Ismailia Stadium|
Africa Cup of Nations Group F tables, fixtures & results
|June 25||Cameroon vs Guinea-Bissau||6pm||Ismailia Stadium|
|June 25||Ghana vs Benin||9pm||Ismailia Stadium|
|June 29||Cameroon vs Ghana||6pm||Ismailia Stadium|
|June 29||Benin vs Guinea-Bissau||9pm||Ismailia Stadium|
|July 2||Benin vs Cameroon||5pm||Ismailia Stadium|
|July 2||Guinea-Bissau vs Ghana||5pm||Suez Stadium|
What is the Africa Cup of Nations?
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.Return to top
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.Return to top
Previous Africa Cup of Nations winners
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.
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.Return to top