AFCON 2019: South Africa handed a tough draw

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 10: John Obi Mikel celebrates holding the trophy during the 2013 Orange African Cup of Nations Final match between Nigeria and Burkina Faso from the National Stadium on February 10, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The draw for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals was officially conducted on Friday night with some exciting fixtures on the cards.

There will be 24 teams in this year’s edition of the Afcon tournament, and several African football powerhouses would be pleased with the draw.

Mohammed’s Salah’s Egypt- the host nation would be expected to sail through easily despite a tough draw with opponentsĀ including DR Congo, Zimbabwe and Uganda.

Three-time African Champions Nigeria were handed a fairly comfortable draw with two debutants Burundi and Madagascar completing Group B alongside Guinea.

The group of death is obviously Group D with top footballing powerhouses like Ivory Coast, South Africa and Morocco all paired together.

In Group C, Sadio Mane’s Senegal and Riyad Mahrez’s Algeria are strong favourites to progress as they were drawn against Tanzania and Kenya.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 10: Itumeleng Khune, goalkeeper of South Africa in action during the match between South Africa and Iraq mens football for the Olympic Games Rio 2016 at Arena Corinthians on August 10, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

Itumeleng Khune might miss South Africa’s 2019 Afcon campaign

The Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper is recovering from a shoulder injury, as the Bafana Bafana prepare for the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt.

However, there are no minnows in African football considering the exploits of teamsĀ during their respective qualifying campaigns.

Group A: Egypt, Zimbabwe, DR Congo, Uganda

Group B: Burundi, Madagascar, Guinea, Nigeria

Group C: Tanzania, Algeria, Kenya, Senegal

Group D: South Africa, Namibia, Cote d’Ivoire, Morocco

Group E: Angola, Mauritania, Mali, Tunisia

Group F: Guinea Bissau, Benin, Ghana, Cameroon

Cameroon are the current defending Champions and would be aiming to retain their title in the land of the Pharaohs.


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