RELIVE: 2019 AFCON draw at Egypt's historical Sphinx, Pyramids

Ahram Online provided a live coverage of the 2019 African Cup of Nations draw at the Giza Pyramids and Sphinx on Friday

Ahram Online , Ahram Online , Friday 12 Apr 2019,

Thank you for following our live coverage for the 2019 AFCON draw tonight! 

Group A: Egypt, Dr Congo, Uganda, Zimbabwe 

Group B: Nigeria, Guinea, Madagascar, Burundi

Group C: Senegal, Algeria, Kenya, Tanzania 

Group D: Morocco, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Namibia 

Group E: Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania, Angola 

Group F: Cameroon, Ghana, Benin, Guinea-Bissau

21:35 Ivory Coast great Yaya Toure is also invited to the podium to conduct the draw. 

21:30 Former Egypt captain Ahmed Hassan, Morocco great Mustapha Hadji and Senegal's El Hadji Diouf take to the podium as the draw procedures are set to begin.  

21:05 Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly also delivers a speech. 

20:50 It's now the turn of Egyptian Football Association chief Hany Abo Rida to deliver his speech. 

20:40 The entertainment shows begin! 

20:35 CAF President Ahmad Ahmad takes to the podium to deliver his speech. 

20:30 Highlights of previous AFCON editions are being displayed on the screen. 

Egypt's Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhi are among the attendees. 

20:20 The ceremony starts with Egypt's national anthem. Song holds the trophy and walks in. 

20:15 What a view! Minutes before the draw gets underway.


Former Cameroon captain Song is about to arrive at the venue with the AFCON trophy. The ceremony should start shortly.  

19:10 Former Egypt coach Hassan Shehata, an iconic figure who led the team to a hat-trick of straight CAN triumphs a decade ago, said he is worried over the possibility of picking strong opponents to the Pharaohs during the draw. 

Hassan Shehata

18:10 Egypt coach Javier Aguirre arrives at the draw venue, accompanied with his assistant Hany Ramzy and goalkeeping coach Ahmed Nagi.  

Former Cameroon captain Rigobert Song arrives at the Cairo airport, with television cameras showing him holding the Nations Cup trophy aloft before parading it on an open top bus.  

16:00 "Tickets for this summer's African Nations Cup will be available for purchase online during the period from 15 to 20 April," the head of the 2019 African Cup of Nations organising committee said.


15:00 Egypt football legend Ahmed Hassan welcomes Yaya Toure, El Hadji Diouf and Mostafa Hadji




14:45 "The committee will welcome the visitors at 4:30 CLT and the ceremony will start at 8pm," Fadl said.

13:30 "The tournament's moscot will be unveiled on 30 April," the head of the 2019 African Cup of Nations organising committee, Mohamed Fadl said.

13:15 Morocco's Mostafa hadji, Senegalese El Hadji Diouf, Nigerian Emmanuel Amuneke, Ivory Coast's Yaya Toure, Cameroonian Rigobert Song and Egyptian star Ahmed Hassan are the African legends who will attend the ceremony.

13:00 FIFA president Gianni Infantino will attend the tournament's draw that will be held at the Giza Pyramids and Sphinx.

13:00 "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.

12:00 The 2019 AFCON draw will be held at the Giza Pyramids and Sphinx on 12 April.


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

(All times are CLT, GMT+2)

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