Egypt drawn with Tunisia in 2019 Nations Cup qualifiers

Ahram Online , Thursday 12 Jan 2017,
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Egypt v Tunisia
Tunisia's Yassine Chikhaoui (L) fights for the ball with Egypt's Ahmed Elmohamady during their 2015 African Nations qualification soccer match at Monastir's Olympic Stadium, November 19, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt will face North African rivals Tunisia in their qualifying campaign for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after the draw paired them together in Group J on Thursday.

The Pharaohs were also drawn with Tunisia in the 2015 Nations Cup qualifiers, with the Carthage Eagles beating the record seven-time winners home and away to pip them to a place at the Equatorial Guinea finals.

Both sides will also face minnows Niger and Swaziland in the same group. 

The draw for the 2019 qualifiers took place in Gabon capital Libreville, two days before the country hosts the 2017 Nations Cup.

The winners of each group will join hosts Cameroon in the tournament finals along with the best three runners-up.

Egypt reached the Gabon edition for the first time since winning the last of their record titles in 2010. They open their campaign against Mali on Tuesday before facing Uganda and Ghana in Group D.

Tunisia will play in a tough Group B that also includes two tournament favourites in Algeria and Senegal as well as outsiders Zimbabwe.

The full draw for the 2019 Nations Cup qualifiers:

Group A:Senegal, Equatorial Guinea, Sudan, Sao Tome e Principe or Madagascar

Group B:Cameroon, Morocco, Malawi, Comoros Islands or Mauritius

Group C:Mali, Gabon, Burundi, Djibouti or South Sudan

Group D:Algeria, Togo, Benin, Gambia

Group E:Nigeria, South Africa, Libya, Seychelles

Group F:Ghana, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Kenya

Group G:Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo, Zimbabwe, Liberia

Group H:Ivory Coast, Guinea, Central African Republic, Rwanda

Group I:Burkina Faso, Angola, Botswana, Mauritania

Group J:Tunisia, Egypt, Niger, Swaziland

Group K:Zambia, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau, Namibia,

Group L:Cape Verde Islands, Uganda, Tanzania, Lesotho

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Group A W D L P
Cameroon
2 1 0 7
Burkina Faso
1 1 1 4
Cape Verde
1 1 1 4
Ethiopia
0 1 2 1
Group B W D L P
Senegal
1 2 0 5
Guinea
1 1 1 4
Malawi
1 1 1 4
Zimbabwe
1 0 2 3
Group C W D L P
Morocco
2 1 0 7
Gabon
1 2 0 5
Comoros
1 0 2 3
Ghana
0 1 2 1
Group D W D L P
Nigeria
3 0 0 9
Egypt
2 0 1 6
Sudan
0 1 2 1
Guinea Bissau
0 1 2 1
Group E W D L P
Cote d Ivoire
2 1 0 7
Equatorial Guinea
2 0 1 6
Sierra Leone
0 2 1 2
Algeria
0 1 2 1
Group F W D L P
Mali
2 1 0 7
Gambia
2 1 0 7
Tunisia
1 0 2 3
Mauritania
0 0 3 0