2019 Africa Cup of Nations
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, known as the Total 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, is scheduled to be the 32nd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the biennial international men's football championship of Africa organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The tournament will be hosted by Egypt. The competition will be held from 21 June to 19 July 2019, as per the decision of the CAF Executive Committee on 20 July 2017 to move the Africa Cup of Nations from January/February to June/July for the first time. It will also be the first Africa Cup of Nations expanded from 16 to 24 teams.
|كأس الأمم الأفريقية 2019|
|Dates||21 June – 19 July|
|Teams||24 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||6 (in 4 host cities)|
The tournament was initially scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon. Cameroon would have hosted the competition for the first time since 1972. They 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, the Boko Haram insurgency and the Anglophone Crisis. On 8 January 2019, Egypt was chosen by the CAF Executive Committee as the host nation of the competition. The tournament has also been moved from the original dates of 15 June – 13 July to 21 June – 19 July due to Ramadan.
Cameroon are the title holders.
After the CAF Executive Committee meeting on 24 January 2014, it was announced that there were six official candidates for the 2019 edition:
- Guinea / Guinea-Bissau / Liberia / Sierra Leone
- Kenya / Uganda
- Malawi / Zambia / Zimbabwe
This list was different from the list of the host nation bids for both the 2019 and 2021 edition of the Cup of Nations as announced by CAF in November 2013, with Gabon also on the original list, but Cameroon not on it. Among the six official candidates, Algeria, Guinea and Ivory Coast also bid for hosting the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
Democratic Republic of the Congo had originally put themselves forward as host candidates but withdrew in July 2014. Security concerns and threats from various militant groups particularly in the eastern part of the country were an early issue with a Congolese bid. Before bidding solo Guinea was part of a four-way joint bid with Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone and Liberia, similarly Zambia was originally part of a joint bid with Malawi and Zimbabwe. Other nations who expressed early interest in hosting were 2013 champions Nigeria, Senegal, and a joint bid of Kenya and Uganda.
The decision of the host country was postponed from early 2014 to grant each bidding country adequate time to receive the inspection delegation. After the final vote at the CAF Executive Committee meeting, on 20 September 2014, the CAF announced the hosts for the 2019, 2021 and 2023 AFCON tournaments: 2019 to Cameroon, 2021 to Ivory Coast, and 2023 to Guinea.
New bid processEdit
It was expected that Cameroon will host this edition but it was sidelined by the CAF on 30 November 2018 in Accra, Ghana for non-compliance with the specifications,  CAF announced that they would be receiving applications for the new hosts until 14 December 2018.
The organization of the competition was finally awarded to Egypt on 8 January 2019 by the CAF Executive Committee meeting in Dakar, Senegal. Voters had a choice between two countries after Morocco's sports minister confirmed that his country was not interested in hosting: Egypt and South Africa.
North Africa will host the tournament for the first time in 13 years after being hosted by Egypt also in 2006.
In July 2016, Total has secured an eight-year sponsorship package from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to support 10 of its principal competitions. Total started with the Africa Cup of Nations that was held in Gabon in 2017 therefore renaming it Total Africa Cup of Nations. 
|Title Sponsor||Official Sponsors|
The Organizing Committee of the 2019 African Cup of Nations revealed the AFCON 2019 Mascot; The child "Tut" which is inspired by the Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun. His kit bear resemblance to the Egypt's home colors with the map of Africa visible on his shirt as well as the tournament's logo.
No details currently available but it is expected that Mitre will produce the official match ball.
Due to Morocco withdrawing from being hosts of the 2015 edition, CAF banned the national team of Morocco from entering the 2017 and 2019 Africa Cups of Nations. However, the ban was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, meaning Morocco, having qualified for this edition of the African Cup of Nations, can participate in the tournament.
The following teams qualified for the tournament:
at start of event
|Egypt||Hosts / Group J
|16 October 2018||24th||2017||Winners (1957, 1959, 1986, 1998, 2006, 2008, 2010)|
|Madagascar||Group A runners-up||16 October 2018||1st||None||Debut|
|Tunisia||Group J winners||16 October 2018||19th||2017||Winners (2004)|
|Senegal||Group A winners||16 October 2018||15th||2017||Runners-up (2002)|
|Morocco||Group B winners||17 November 2018||17th||2017||Winners (1976)|
|Nigeria||Group E winners||17 November 2018||18th||2013||Winners (1980, 1994, 2013)|
|Uganda||Group L winners||17 November 2018||7th||2017||Runners-up (1978)|
|Mali||Group C winners||17 November 2018||11th||2017||Runners-up (1972)|
|Guinea||Group H winners||18 November 2018||12th||2015||Runners-up (1976)|
|Algeria||Group D winners||18 November 2018||18th||2017||Winners (1990)|
|Mauritania||Group I runners-up||18 November 2018||1st||None||Debut|
|Ivory Coast||Group H runners-up||18 November 2018||23rd||2017||Winners (1992, 2015)|
|Kenya||Group F runners-up||30 November 2018||6th||2004||Group stage (1972, 1988, 1990, 1992, 2004)|
|Ghana||Group F winners||30 November 2018||22nd||2017||Winners (1963, 1965, 1978, 1982)|
|Angola||Group I winners||22 March 2019||8th||2013||Quarter-finals (2008, 2010)|
|Burundi||Group C runners-up||23 March 2019||1st||None||Debut|
|Cameroon||Group B runners-up||23 March 2019||19th||2017||Winners (1984, 1988, 2000, 2002, 2017)|
|Guinea-Bissau||Group K winners||23 March 2019||2nd||2017||Group stage (2017)|
|Namibia||Group K runners-up||23 March 2019||3rd||2008||Group stage (1998, 2008)|
|Zimbabwe||Group G winners||24 March 2019||4th||2017||Group stage (2004, 2006, 2017)|
|DR Congo||Group G runners-up||24 March 2019||19th||2017||Winners (1968, 1974)|
|Benin||Group D runners-up||24 March 2019||4th||2010||Group stage (2004, 2008, 2010)|
|Tanzania||Group L runners-up||24 March 2019||2nd||1980||Group stage (1980)|
|South Africa||Group E runners-up||24 March 2019||10th||2015||Winners (1996)|
With the Africa Cup of Nations expanded from 16 to 24 teams, at least six venues were expected to be used.
After being awarded the bid, initially Egypt chose eight stadiums to host the tournament. The eight stadiums were Cairo International Stadium and Al Salam Stadium in Cairo, Alexandria Stadium and Haras El Hodoud Stadium in Alexandria, Egyptian Army Stadium and Suez Stadium in Suez, Ismailia Stadium in Ismailia and Al Masry Club Stadium in Port Said. Later, Al Salam Stadium was replaced with 30 June Stadium, which is another stadium located in Cairo. It was expected that the famous Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria and Osman Ahmed Osman Stadium in Cairo would be used in the tournament, but they weren't selected.
On 17 February 2019, it was confirmed that only six stadiums will be used. The six venues are Cairo International Stadium and 30 June Stadium in Cairo, Alexandria Stadium in Alexandria, Suez Stadium in Suez, Ismailia Stadium in Ismailia and Al Masry Club Stadium in Port Said.
|Cairo International Stadium||30 June Stadium||Al Salam Stadium|
|Capacity: 74,100||Capacity: 30,000||Capacity: 30,000|
|Alexandria Stadium||Suez Stadium||Ismailia Stadium|
|Capacity: 19,676||Capacity: 27,000||Capacity: 18,525|
Each team can register a squad of 23 players (Regulations Article 72).
Video assistant refereesEdit
Only the hosts will receive an automatic qualification spot, the other 23 teams will qualify through a qualification tournament. At the finals, the 24 teams will be drawn into six groups of four teams each. The teams in each group play a single round robin. After the group stage, the top two teams and the four best third-placed teams will advance to the round of 16. The winners will advance to the quarter-finals. The winners of the quarter-finals will advance to the semi-finals. The losers of the semi-finals will play in third place play-off, while winners of the semi-finals will play in final.
The draw procedure was approved by the CAF Executive Committee on 11 April 2019. For the draw, the teams were allocated to four pots based on the FIFA World Rankings of April 2019 (shown in brackets). Hosts Egypt were automatically assigned to position A1. Defending champions Cameroon were also automatically placed into Pot 1.
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4|
The top two teams of each group, along with the best four third-placed teams, advance to the round of 16.
Teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss), and if tied on points, the following tiebreaking criteria are applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings (Regulations Article 74):
- Points in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
- Goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
- Goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
- If more than two teams are tied, and after applying all head-to-head criteria above, a subset of teams are still tied, all head-to-head criteria above are reapplied exclusively to this subset of teams;
- Goal difference in all group matches;
- Goals scored in all group matches;
- Drawing of lots.
|1||Egypt (H)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Advance to knockout stage|
|3||Uganda||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Possible knockout stage based on ranking|
|1||Nigeria||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Advance to knockout stage|
|3||Madagascar||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Possible knockout stage based on ranking|
|1||Senegal||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Advance to knockout stage|
|3||Kenya||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Possible knockout stage based on ranking|
|1||Morocco||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Advance to knockout stage|
|3||South Africa||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Possible knockout stage based on ranking|
|1||Tunisia||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Advance to knockout stage|
|3||Mauritania||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Possible knockout stage based on ranking|
|1||Cameroon||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Advance to knockout stage|
|3||Benin||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Possible knockout stage based on ranking|
Ranking of third-placed teamsEdit
|1||A||Third place Group A||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Advance to knockout stage|
|2||B||Third place Group B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|3||C||Third place Group C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|4||D||Third place Group D||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|5||E||Third place Group E||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|6||F||Third place Group F||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Disciplinary points; 5) Drawing of lots.
In the knockout stage, extra time and penalty shoot-out are used to decide the winner if necessary, except for the third place match where a direct penalty shoot-out, without any extra time, is used to decide the winner if necessary (Regulations Article 75).
The specific match-ups involving the third-placed teams depend on which four third-placed teams qualified for the round of 16:
qualify from groups
|Round of 16||Quarter-finals||Semi-finals||Final|
|5 July – Cairo (International)|
|Runner-up Group A|
|10 July – Cairo (30 June)|
|Runner-up Group C|
|Winner Match 38|
|5 July – Cairo (Al Salam)|
|Winner Match 41|
|Winner Group D|
|14 July – Cairo (30 June)|
|3rd Group B/E/F|
|Winner Match 45|
|7 July – Alexandria|
|Winner Match 46|
|Winner Group B|
|11 July – Cairo (Al Salam)|
|3rd Group A/C/D|
|Winner Match 37|
|8 July – Ismailia|
|Winner Match 44|
|Winner Group F|
|19 July – Cairo (International)|
|Runner-up Group E|
|Winner Match 49|
|8 July – Suez|
|Winner Match 50|
|Winner Group E|
|11 July – Suez|
|Runner-up Group D|
|Winner Match 43|
|7 July – Cairo (30 June)|
|Winner Match 40|
|Winner Group C|
|14 July – Cairo (International)|
|3rd Group A/B/F|
|Winner Match 47|
|6 July – Alexandria|
|Winner Match 48||Third place play-off|
|Runner-up Group B|
|10 July – Cairo (International)||17 July – Cairo (Al Salam)|
|Runner-up Group F|
|Winner Match 42||Loser Match 49|
|6 July – Cairo (International)|
|Winner Match 39||Loser Match 50|
|Winner Group A|
|3rd Group C/D/E|
Round of 16Edit
Third place play-offEdit
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