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AFCON 2019: South Africa handed a tough draw

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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 opponents 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.

However, there are no minnows in African football considering the exploits of teams 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.