Morocco, Nigeria reseeded first alongside Egypt ahead of 2019 AFCON draw

Mahmoud Elassal , Mahmoud Elassal , Thursday 11 Apr 2019,
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The national football teams of Morocco and Nigeria have booked their place in the first seed for the 2019 African Cup of Nations finals alongside hosts Egypt and top flight Cameroon, Senegal and Tunisia.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have made changes in the seeding of the teams that will participate in the AFCON finals to bring Morocco and Nigeria to the first seed despite announcing the two teams in the second seed early on Sunday, five days before the tournament's draw.

"The pots and seedings of the 24 qualified teams were decided based on the latest FIFA world rankings (released 4 April 2019), which is globally accepted and portrays a true reflection of the state of the qualified teams," read a statement on the CAF official website on Thursday.

The 2019 AFCON draw will be held at the Giza Pyramids and Sphinx on 12 April.

The CAF announced that the 2019 African Cup of Nations will start on 21 June and end on 13 July.

Egypt will host AFCON 2019 after original host Cameroon was stripped of its duties due to delays in its preparations for the expanded 24-team tournament.

The opening match, which will feature the Pharaohs, is scheduled to take place at the 74,100-seat Cairo Stadium.

Based on the rankings, the established pots are as follows :

First seed: Egypt, Cameroon, Senegal, Tunisia, Nigeria and Morocco

Second seed: DR Congo, Ghana, Mali, Ivory Coast, Guinea and Algeria

Third seed: South Africa, Uganda, Benin, Mauritania, Madagascar and Kenya

Fourth seed: Zimbabwe, Namibia, Guinea-Bissau, Angola, Tanzania and Burundi

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Group A W D L P
Egypt
3 0 0 9
Uganda
1 1 1 4
DR Congo
1 0 2 3
Zimbabwe
0 1 2 1
Group B W D L P
Madagascar
2 1 0 7
Nigeria
2 0 1 6
Guinea
1 1 1 4
Burundi
0 0 3 0
Group C W D L P
Algeria
3 0 0 9
Senegal
2 0 1 6
Kenya
1 0 2 3
Tanzania
0 0 3 0
Group D W D L P
Morocco
3 0 0 9
Cote d'Ivoire
2 0 1 6
South Africa
1 0 2 3
Namibia
0 0 3 0
Group E W D L P
Mali
2 1 0 7
Tunisia
0 3 0 3
Angola
0 2 1 2
Mauritania
0 2 1 2
Group F W D L P
Ghana
1 2 0 5
Cameroon
1 2 0 5
Benin
0 3 0 3
Guinea Bissau
0 1 2 1