2019 Africa Cup of Nations preview, schedule, predictions

2019 Africa Cup of Nations preview, schedule, predictions

The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations kicks off in Egypt on Friday and for the first time in its history the tournament will be played during the summer months.

It will also be the largest-ever AFCON tournament, with 24 teams competing to be crowned as Champions of Africa.

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Egypt, the runners up two years ago as they lost to Cameroon in the final, are favorites and will have a huge support on home soil, while Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana and the Ivory Coast will all be favored to make deep runs.

The likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Riyad Mahrez will lead their respective nations, as plenty of Premier League stars will be strutting their stuff.

Below is everything you need to know ahead of the tournament kicking off on June 21 (the final is in Cairo on July 19) including the full schedule, group stage predictions and which Premier League stars you can keep an eye on in Egypt.


TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Group stage

June 21Group A: Egypt v Zimbabwe – Cairo International Stadium

June 22Group A: Democratic Republic of Congo v Uganda – Cairo StadiumGroup B: Nigeria v BurundiGuinea v Madagascar – Alexandria Stadium

June 23Group D: Morocco v Namibia – Al Salam Stadium, CairoGroup C: Senegal v Tanzania, Kenya v Algeria – 30 June Stadium, Cairo

June 24Group D: South Africa v Ivory Coast – Al Salam StadiumGroup E: Tunisia v Angola, Mauritania v Mali – Suez Stadium

June 25Group F: Cameroon v Guinea-Bissau, Ghana v Benin – Ismailia Stadium

June 26Group B: Nigeria v Guinea – Alexandria StadiumGroup A: Uganda v Zimbabwe, Egypt v DR Congo – Cairo Stadium

June 27Group B: Madagascar v Burundi – Alexandria StadiumGroup C: Algeria v Senegal, Kenya v Tanzania – June 30 Stadium

June 28Group E: Tunisia v Mali – Suez StadiumGroup D: Morocco v Ivory Coast, Namibia v South Africa – Al Salam Stadium

June 29Group E: Mauritania v Angola – Suez StadiumGroup F: Cameroon v Ghana, Benin v Guinea-Bissau – Ismailia Stadium

June 30Group B: Madagascar v Nigeria, Alexandria StadiumGroup B: Burundi v Guinea – Al Salam StadiumGroup A: Egypt v Uganda – Cairo StadiumGroup A: Zimbabwe v DR Congo – June 30 Stadium

July 1Group D: South Africa v Morocco – Al Salam StadiumGroup D: Namibia v Ivory Coast – June 30 StadiumGroup C: Kenya v Senegal – June 30 StadiumGroup C: Tanzania v Algeria – Al Salam Stadium

July 2Group F: Benin v Cameroon – Ismailia StadiumGroup F: Guinea-Bissau v Ghana, Suez StadiumGroup E: Mauritania v Tunisia – Suez StadiumGroup E: Angola v Mali – Ismailia Stadium

Round of 16

July 5Match 41: Group D winners v 3rd Group B/E/F – Al Salam StadiumMatch 38: Group A runners-up v Group C runners-up – Cairo Stadium

July 6Match 42: Group B runners-up v Group F runners-up – Alexandria StadiumMatch 39: Group A winners v 3rd Group C/D/E – Cairo Stadium

July 7Match 37: Group B winners v 3rd Group A/C/D – Alexandria StadiumMatch 40: Group C winners v 3rd Group A/B/F – June 30 Stadium

July 8Match 43: Group E winners v Group D runners-up – Suez StadiumMatch 44: Group F winners v Group E runners-up – Ismailia Stadium

Quarterfinals

July 10Match 45: Winners match 38 v Winners 41 – June 30 StadiumMatch 48: Winners 42 v Winners 39 – Cairo Stadium

July 11Match 47: Winners 43 v Winners 40 – Suez StadiumMatch 46: Winners 37 v Winners 44 – Al Salam Stadium

Semifinals

July 14Match 49: Winners 45 v Winners 46 – June 30 StadiumMatch 50: Winners 47 v Winners 48 – Cairo Stadium

Third-place

July 17Match 51: Losing semifinalists – Al Salam Stadium

Final

July 19Match 52: Winning semifinalists – Cairo Stadium


PREMIER LEAGUE STARS TO WATCH

Mohamed Salah (Egypt)

Sadio Mane (Senegal)

Wilfried Ndidi (Nigeria)

Idrissa Gueye (Senegal)

Riyad Mahrez (Algeria)

Victor Wanyama (Kenya)

Wilfried Zaha (Ivory Coast)


PREDICTIONS

Group A1. Egypt2. DR Congo3. Uganda4. Zimbabwe

Group B1. Nigeria2. Guinea3. Burundi4. Madagascar

Group C1. Senegal2. Algeria3. Kenya4. Tanzania

Group D1. Ivory Coast2. Morocco3. South Coast4. Namibia

Group E1. Tunisia2. Mali3. Mauritania4. Angola

Group F1. Ghana2. Cameroon3. Benin4. Guinea-Bissau

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Kelvin Kyle

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