Africa’s managers want to avoid hosts Egypt in AFCON 2019 draw

Ahmad Hassan, Thursday 11 Apr 2019,
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AFCON 2019
Cairo International Airport got ready for receiving the coaches of the qualified teams ahead of the 2019 African Cup of Nations draw Photo: EFA official Facebook page

Some African coaches have expressed that they want to avoid facing hosts Egypt ahead of the 2019 African Cup of Nations draw, which will take place at the pyramids of Giza on Friday.

“I want to avoid the Egyptian team. It would be difficult to play against the Pharaohs in front of their audience,” Namibia’s manager Ricardo Manetti told cafonline.com.

Madagascar’s coach, whose team have qualified to the finals for the first time in their history, also did not hide his worry about facing the seven-time African champions.

“Egypt is host but there is also Senegal, which is the best team at the moment. Côte d'Ivoire has always impressed me, not to mention Herve Renard's Morocco or Nigeria,” Nicolas Dupui said.

Egypt will be eying a record-extending eighth African title when they host the top-flight competition this summer.

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