WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?
Because the 2019 African Nations Cup will be the most competed in Africa’s football history. It will showcase talents that possibly could dominate world football in the next decade.
For the first time in the history of the CAF African Cup of Nations, 24 countries will be competing to win the most prestigious football title on the continent.
Before the last playoffs round next March, 13 national teams have already qualified for the competition that will take place next June in Cameroon.
Here is the list:
Top winner till now with seven titles, Mohammed Salah’s Egypt will play their 23rdchampionship. They remain one of the favourites to win the title.
Thanks to its superstar Hakim Ziyech, Morocco has secured its ticket after beating Cameroon (2-0) in Casablanca. Having a great manager, Hervey Renard, Morocco is expected to make noise in the competition.
Winner of three times (1980, 1994, 2013), Nigeria will play their 18th African Cup of Nations after the draw with South Africa (1-1) on November 18th .
After a small victory against Sudan 0-1 last October, Sadio Mane’s Senegal got its fifteenth ticket the competition.
For the first time in history, Mauritania will be playing the 2019 African Cup of Nation in Cameroon. This historical qualification came after beating Botswana 2-1 Sunday, November 18th .
A historical qualification for Madagascar for the first time in history. On October 16th, the Malagasy selection qualified after a victory against Equatorial Guinea (1-0), on October 16th .
Winner in 2004 against Morocco, Carthage Eagles will play their 19th African competition after defeating Niger by two goals to one, November 16th .
Finalist in 1972 against Congo, this is 11th participation in the African Cup of Nations for Malian Eagles who attained their ticket after winning (0-1) in Gabon, November 17, 2018.
Finalist in 1978 against Ghana, Uganda will play its the 7th CAF African Cup of Nations. The qualification came after a victory against Cape Verde (1-0,) on November 17
Thanks to the draw between Rwanda and Central African Republic (2-2), last Sunday, November 18th, Guinea qualified for the championship before the match against Ivory Coast (1-1).
Thanks to their star Riyad Mahrez, Algerian Fennecs will play their 18th African Cup in Cameroon. Algerians have earned their ticket for the competition by winning (1-4) against Togo (1-4), this November 18th.
Ivory Coast has qualified for the 23rd time after a draw in Guinea (1-1) on 18 November. The Elephants are among the favourites to win their third African championship title.
Winner of the the African Cup of Nations five times, including the last edition, Cameroon is automatically qualified as the organizing country.