Africa Cup of Nations 2019: Draw, fixtures, groups & how to watch AFCON
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.
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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.
Africa Cup of Nations final
The two semi-final winners will meet in the showpiece in Cairo.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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
|3||🇨🇩 DR Congo||3||1||0||2||0||3|
|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
|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
|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
|2||🇨🇮 Ivory Coast||3||2||0||1||+3||6|
|3||🇿🇦 South Africa||3||1||0||2||-1||3|
|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
|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
|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|
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