AFCON 2019- 14 Facts you might be interested in
- Cameroon was supposed to be actual hosts of AFCON 2019 but was replaced by Egypt in January 2019 because of the Threat of Insurgency and Anglophone Crisis.
- AFCON 2019 was initially scheduled for 15 June – 13 July but was later moved to 21 June – 19 July because of Ramadan schedule.
- Unlike other continental tournaments, AFCON is held every 2 years and all 51 teams have to take part in qualifying. If they miss any match they have to pay a fine of 5000USD.
- During qualification, if there is any security concern the matches can be held in the Third nation which is neither home nor away.
- Ambassadors of this years AFCON are Samuel Eto’o, Didier Drogba, Mahmoud El-Khatib, Yaya Toure, Rabah Madjer, Nwankwo Kanu, and El-Hadji Diouf.
- The tournament is also called Total 2019 Africa Cup of Nations due to sponsorship reasons.
- The winner of this year tournament wins US$4.5 million, 2nd placed team gets US$2.5 million.
- Child “Tut” which is inspired by the Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun is the Mascot of this year’s tournament.
- Mauritania, Madagascar, and Burundi are going to make their debut at AFCON finals this season.
- Six stadiums Cairo International Stadium, 30 June Stadium, Al Salam Stadium, Alexandria Stadium, Suez Stadium, and Ismailia Stadium will be host stadiums for AFCON 2019.
- The 24 Teams are divided into 6 groups, along with teams that finish in first two spots 4 third-placed teams with the best record go through to knockout games.
- Egypt will be the hosts of the tournament for a record fifth time having staged the tournament in 1959, 1974, 1986, 2006, and now in 2019.
- Egypt is a favorite to win this time and has already won the tournament 7 times.
- The first edition of the tournament had only three participants; Sudan, Egypt, and Ethiopia.
FINALLY! #TotalAFCON2019 groups are here! ?— CAF (@CAF_Online) April 12, 2019
Which is the most exciting group? ? pic.twitter.com/LNeByDBlsn