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AFCON 2019 to witness new faces, absence of big teams
Published in Daily News Egypt on 07 - 04 - 2019

Twenty-four teams were qualified for the CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2019 which will be held in Egypt during the period from 22 June to 20 July.
The upcoming edition is the first to include 24 teams in the history of the tournament, including five Arab national teams. Three national teams will make their AFCON finals debut. They are Madagascar, Mauritania, and Burundi.
In the AFCON qualifiers, 48 teams were drawn into 12 groups of four teams (from Group A to Group L). They consisted of the 45 teams which entered directly, plus the three winners of the preliminary round whose identity was not known at the time of the draw.
Group A
The first group included Senegal, Madagascar, Guinea, and Sudan.
Senegal were qualified as the top of the group with 16 points, collected from five wins and a draw. They scored 12 goals and conceded only two goals.
Madagascar was qualified as second with 10 points collected from three wins and a draw. They scored eight goals and conceded eight goals.
Guinea ranked third with six points, and Sudan came last with only three points.
Group B
It included Morocco, Cameroon, Comoros, and Malawi.
Morocco were qualified as top of the group with 13 points collected from three wins and two draws. They scored eight goals and conceded only three goals.
Cameron came second with 11 points from three wins and two draws. They scored six goals and conceded three.
Malawi came third with five points, and Comoros came last with five points.
Group C
It included Mali, Burundi, Gabon, and South Sudan.
Mali were qualified as top of the group with 14 points collected from four wins and two draws. They scored 10 goals and conceded two goals. Burundi came second with 10 points from two wins and two draws. They scored 11 goals and conceded five goals.
Gabon came third with eight points, then South Sudan without any points.
Group D
It included Algeria, Benin, Gambia, and Togo.
Algeria were qualified as first of the fourth group with 11 points collected from three wins and two draws. The team scored nine goals and conceded four.
Benin came second with 10 points from three wins and a draw. They scored five goals and conceded six.
Gambia came third with six points, then Togo fourth with five points.
Group E
It included Nigeria, South Africa, Libya, and Seychelles.
Nigeria came first with 13 points from four wins and a draw. They scored 14 goals and conceded six goals.
As for South Africa, it ranked second with 12 points from three wins and three draws. They scored 11 goals and conceded two goals.
Libya came third with seven points, then Seychelles fourth with a single point.
Group F
It included Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone
CAF decided to disqualify Sierra Leone from the qualifiers, and all their matches were annulled, due to FIFA's suspension of the Sierra Leone Football Association on 5 October 2018.
Ghana were qualified as first with nine points from three wins. They scored eight goals and conceded a single goal.
Ethiopia came third with a single point.
Group G
It includes Zimbabwe, DR Congo, Liberia, and Congo.
Zimbabwe topped the group with 11 points from three wins and two draws. They scored nine goals and conceded four.
DR Congo came second with nine points from two wins and three draws. They scored eight goals and conceded six.
Liberia came third with seven points, and Congo came fourth with five points.
Group H
It included Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire, Central African Republic, and Rwanda.
Guinea ranked first with three consecutive wins against Cote d'Ivoire, then Central African Republic then Rwanda before the three last rounds ended with draws, collecting 12 points. They scored eight goals and conceded four goals.
Cote d'Ivoire came second with 11 points from three wins and two draws. They scored 12 goals and conceded five.
Central Africa came in third with six points, and Rwanda came fourth with two points.
Group I
It included Angola, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, and Botswana.
Angola ranked first with 12 points from four wins. They scored nine goals and conceded six goals.
Mauritania finished second with 12 points from four wins. They scored seven goals and conceded six.
Burkina Faso came third with 10 points, and Botswana were the fourth with a single point.
Group J
It included Tunisia, Egypt, Niger, and Eswatini.
Tunisia led the group with 15 points from five wins, scoring 12 goals and conceding four.
Egypt (host) collected 13 points from four wins and a draw, scoring 16 goals and conceding five.
Niger came third with five points, and Eswatini came fourth with a single point.
Group K
It included Guinea-Bissau, Namibia, Zambia and Mozambique.
Guinea Bissau qualified as top the group with three wins and three draws, collecting nine points. They scored eight goals and conceded seven.
Namibia qualified as second of the group with eight points from two wins and two draws. They scored five goals and conceded seven.
Mozambique came third with eight points, and Zambia came fourth with seven points.
Group L
It included Uganda, Tanzania, Lesotho, and Cape Verde.
Uganda led the group with four wins and a single draw, collecting 13 points. They scored seven goals and conceded three.
Tanzania came second with eight points from two wins and two draws. They scored six goals and conceded five.
Lesotho came third with six points, followed by Cape Verde with five points in fourth place.


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