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The African Cup of Nations Full Draw

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The Africa Cup of Nations draw took place yesterday night, and the set of groups are shockingly and luckily in our favor, but Egypt will still take nothing for granted.

The draw was held with the spectacular view of the Pyramids, which made quite the nicest background, they were beautifully illuminated, and under the gaze of the Sphinx, the draw was concluded with the following list.

Hosts Egypt will face DR Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe in Group A.

Defending champions Cameroon are in Group F with Ghana, Benin and Guinea-Bissau.

Full Draw:

The tournament will take place from 21 June till 19 July, which means Europe-based players will not be missing their club games.

The first game of the tournament will be Egypt against Zimbabwe on 21 June at Cairo Stadium, and seeing that the games aren’t to overlap with European tournaments, it is expected that Mo Salah will play among the national team.

So far, this tournament is considered to be the biggest AfCON, with 24 teams, and the first to be held in Europe’s summer rather than January or February.

Egypt’s assistant coach, Hany Ramzy, said after the draw that the Pharaohs were “comfortable” with their pool.

“We are confident, we are here in our land with the supporters behind us, so we have to work hard to reach the final.”

Comments on the draws from several coaches were as follow:

“It is a difficult group but we are used to this level of competition. The teams know one another very well.”
Morocco coach Herve Renard.

“I don’t think the group is easy especially Guinea. They are very young and we have to be wary. We also have a young team but we have experience as well.”
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr.

“All the groups are difficult. We have two months to prepare well and we will try to make through the group to the next round. We defeated Egypt before in Kampala 1-0 and I am happy that we will play then in Egypt.”
Uganda coach Sebastien Desabre

“The draw determines the teams you face but we actually have to be good on the pitch during the games to qualify to the next round”
Tunisia coach Alain Giresse

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Egypt to Host La Liga’s Biggest Event

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Spanish La Liga is organizing its biggest event in Egypt just in time for AFCON tournament, the event is happening on the 20th of June till the 22nd and is expected to host two of Spain’s biggest football stars.

The event is considered to be the largest of its kind in the Middle East and will be welcoming La Liga ambassadors and football stars, Samuel Eto’o and Fernando Morientes. 

La Liga space will take place in Cairo Festival City Mall and is expected to include a variety of activities set to engage fans such as trivia games and a video corner with memories of La Liga history displayed.

During the event, fans will be given the chance to take a themed photo with a miniature replica of the stadium’s coaches bench, they will also be provided with the opportunity of taking a photo with the La Liga trophy.

“LaLiga is keen on promoting Spanish football around the globe with the intention to build the biggest community of loyal fans in each and every country, especially Africa and the Middle East,” said Juan Fuentes, La Liga delegate to Egypt.

According to La Liga’s General Director in MENA, Fernando Sanz, Egypt was the obvious choice to host such a remarkable event given its experience in hosting prominent international championships in the Middle East.

He also added that the team was keen on coming just in time for the AFCON tournament, so that they can reach out to the largest number of football fans not only in Egypt but in Africa as well.

 

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Egypt’s National Team Lineup for AFCON Announced

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Egypt’s football coach Javier Aguirre just announced the national team’s line for the Africa Cup of Nations 2019.

According to Aguirre, our team’s final list of 23 players are as follows:

Goalkeepers are Mohamed el Shennawi, Ahmed el Shennawi and Mahmoud Gennesh.

As for the players, they are Ahmed el Mohamady, Omar Gaber, Ayman Ashraf, Mahmoud el Wensh, Baher el Mohammadi, Ahmed Hegazi, Ahmed Mansour, Mahmoud Alaa, Walid Suliman, Abdallah el Said, Mohamed el Neny, Tarek Hamed, Ali Ghazal, Mahmoud “Trezeguet”, Amr Warda, Nabil Emad, Mohamed Salah, Marwan Mohsen, Ahmed Hassan and Ahmed Ali.

The prestigious tournament that is hosted in Egypt will kick off June 21 till July 19 and tickets for the opening match between Egypt and Zimbabwe have already been sold out.

Reminder: Egypt was drawn in Group A alongside with Zimbabwe, DR Congo and Uganda.

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Egypt to Inaugurate New Metro Stations in Preparation For AFCON

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Egypt’s transportation ministry announced on Saturday the inauguration of three new metro stations in preparation for the 2019 African Cup of Nations. 

This comes under the government’s plans for hosting the African Cup, as it is an attempt to help facilitate the traffic and movements for the African fans.

According to a statement by the Ministry of Transport, the pilot operation of those three stations will begin on June 15 and are to be named Haroun, Nadi al-Shams, and Alf Maskan.  

The statement also added that these stations are the first stops in the fourth stage of the third line expansion of the Cairo Metro, and that they will help in transporting football fans from areas such as Heliopolis, Alf Maskan, and Gisr al Suez to Cairo Stadium.

Moreover, commuters can easily go to the June 30 Stadium and Al Salam Stadium according to the statement, adding that the fourth phase is expected to be completed by the year 2020.

This fourth phase covers a distance of 48 Km and contains 10 stations, thus making it the longest metro line in Egypt.

 

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