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The ten major facts about the African Nations Cup


The draw of the African Nations Cup of 2019 was held on Friday, with the presence of Egypt of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe in Group A.

The experts considered that Egypt was favorable to the consideration that the football giants of the continent, such as Morocco, Côte d'Ivoire and South Africa, met in group D.

The draw for the expansion of the 24-team tournament, which will last from June 21 to July 19, was carried out against the spectacular backdrop of the Sphinx and the Pyramids of L & Giza plateau in Cairo.

In this article, we list 10 facts about the Nations Cup in Africa, the most prestigious football tournament in the continent.

1 – Egypt will be the host for the fifth time. Previously they starred in the Nations Cup in 1959, 1974, 1986 and 2006, winning three of these four tournaments and finishing third in the other.

2 – Only three countries, hosts of Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia, participated in the first tournament in February of 1957 and there was no classification competition.

3 – 2019 will be the first time the tournament has 24 teams, then CAF decided to expand the tournament to improve competitiveness.

4 – The most successful country has been Egypt with seven titles followed by Cameroon (five), Ghana (four), Nigeria (three) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Côte d'Ivoire (two each).

5 – Madagascar, Burundi and Mauritania will debut in the tournament in 2019. Still, 12 teams have not been ranked for the biggest football tournament in Africa, including the Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Eswatini, Gambia, Lesotho, São Tomé and Príncipe, Seychelles, Somalia and South Sudan.

6 – Cameroon Samuel Eto'o is the top scorer of the Nations Cup, which has won 18 goals in six tournaments between 2000 and 2010.

7 – The Egyptian goalkeeper Essam Hadary became the oldest player at 44 years and 21 days to participate in the tournament when he faced Cameroon in the 2017 finale in Libreville.

8 – Shiva N'zigou, from Gabon, is the youngest player to appear and obtain a goal in the tournament. He was 16 years and 93 days old when he was playing AFCON in 2000, scoring in a 1-3 defeat against South Africa.

9 – The tournament has been changed to stay in odd years to avoid colliding with him FIFA World Cup AFCON also for the first time this year, to be held midway through the year, far from the traditional window from January to February, to alleviate the battles between clubs and countries that have affected previous editions.

10 – They have awarded three different trophies during the tournament's history. The current trophy was awarded for the first time in 2002, and Egypt won indefinitely after completing its historic triple of titles in 2010.

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