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2019 Africa Cup of Nations: teams, fixtures, results and how to watch on TV in the UAE

We take a look at the teams taking part, where the matches will be played and when the final takes place

The draw for the Africa Cup of Nations took place in spectacular surroundings in April. EPA
The draw for the Africa Cup of Nations took place in spectacular surroundings in April. EPA

The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) takes place in Egypt this summer with 24 teams vying to be crowned kings of the continent.

Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian forward who recently fired Liverpool to Uefa Champions League glory, spearheads home hopes, while his clubmate Sadio Mane leads the attack for Senegal.

We take a look at the teams taking part, where the matches will be played and when the final takes place.

Who is hosting the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations?

Egypt were chosen to replace original hosts Cameroon in January after the Confederation of African Football, the continent's ruling body, deemed that the country's infrastructure was not up to the required standard to host its flagship tournament.

This will be the fifth time Egypt has hosted the tournament. They are also its record winners with seven titles, there last coming in 2010.

This year's Afcon takes place from June 21 with the final on July 19.

Who are the Africa Cup of Nations holders?

Cameroon won the tournament in Gabon two years ago, beating Egypt 2-1 in the final to claim the Afcon trophy for a fifth time.

As hosts, Cameroon were not required to take part in qualifying but did so regardless, perhaps sensing that they may be stripped of hosting rights further down the line. A wise decision, as it turned out. They finished second in qualifying Group B level on 11 points with Morocco.

When does Afcon 2019 take place?

The tournament will be held from June 21 to July 19, with six venues to be used. This year's tournament has been moved to summer so as not to clash with European domestic leagues. Afcon is usually held in the winter.

Who are the teams taking part in Afcon 2019?

Twenty-four teams will play in the 32nd edition of Afcon, a biennial tournament that this year has been expanded from 16 teams to 24.

Algeria

Angola

Benin

Burundi

Cameroon

DR Congo

Egypt

Ghana

Guinea-Bissau

Guinea

Ivory Coast

Kenya

Madagascar

Mali

Mauritania

Morocco

Namibia

Nigeria

Senegal

South Africa

Tunisia

Tanzania

Uganda

Zimbabwe

What are the host cities and venues?

Alexandria: Alexandria Stadium

Cairo: Cairo International Stadium, 30 June Stadium, Al Salam Stadium

Ismailia: Ismailia Stadium

Suez: Suez Stadium

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Premier League players at Afcon 2019

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The groups

Afcon 2019 is made up of four teams in six groups:

Group A

Egypt

DR Congo

Uganda

Zimbabwe

Fixtures (all kick-off times are UAE)

June 22

Egypt 1-0 Zimbabwe - report

DR Congo 0-2 Uganda

June 26

Egypt v DR Congo, midnight (June 27)

Uganda v Zimbabwe, 9pm

June 30

Uganda v Egypt, 11pm

Zimbabwe v DR Congo, 11pm

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Group B

Nigeria

Guinea

Madagascar

Burundi

Fixtures

June 22

Nigeria 1-0 Burundi - report

Guinea 2-2 Madagascar - report

June 26

Nigeria v Guinea, 6.30pm

June 27

Madagascar v Burundi, 6.30pm

June 30

Madagascar v Nigeria, 8pm

Burundi v Guinea, 8pm

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Group C

Senegal

Algeria

Kenya

Tanzania

Fixtures

June 23

Senegal 2-0 Tanzania

Algeria 2-0 Kenya

June 27

Senegal v Algeria, 9pm

Kenya v Tanzania, midnight (June 28)

July 1

Kenya v Senegal, 11pm

Tanzania v Algeria, 11pm

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Group D

Morocco

Ivory Coast

South Africa

Namibia

Fixtures

June 23

Morocco 1-0 Namibia

June 24

Ivory Coast v South Africa, 6.30pm

June 28

Morocco v Ivory Coast, 9pm

South Africa v Namibia, midnight (June 29)

July 1

South Africa v Morocco, 8pm

Namibia v Ivory Coast, 8pm

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Group E

Tunisia

Mali

Mauritania

Angola

Fixtures

June 24

Tunisia v Angola, 9pm

Mali v Mauritania, midnight (June 25)

June 28

Tunisia v Mali, 6.30pm

June 29

Mauritania v Angola, 6.30pm

July 2

Mauritania v Tunisia, 11pm

Angola v Mali, 11pm

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Group F

Cameroon

Ghana

Benin

Guinea-Bissau

Fixtures

June 25

Cameroon v Guinea-Bissau, 9pm

Ghana v Benin, midnight (June 26)

June 29

Cameroon v Ghana, 9pm

Benin v Guinea-Bissau, midnight (June 30)

July 2

Benin v Cameroon, 8pm

Guinea-Bissau v Ghana, 8pm

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The format

The teams in each group will play in a single round-robin format, and after the group stage, the top two teams and the four best third-placed teams will advance to the last 16.

The winners will advance to the quarter-finals stage, and from then on, progress to the semi-finals. The semi-final losers will contest a third-place match, while semi-final winners will advance to the final.

Who to watch out for

Pretty much most of the world will be fixated on Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian king who has emerged as one of the world's finest players since joining Liverpool two summers ago.

Salah, 26, scored from the penalty spot to give Liverpool the lead against Tottenham in last week's Champions League final in Madrid. Liverpool went on to win the match 2-0 to win a sixth European Cup.

Liverpool missed out on winning a first Premier League trophy in 29 years by a single point to Manchester City, with Salah contributing 22 goals in another stellar season at Anfield.

Salah may feel he still has something left to prove on the international stage, though. The reigning African player of the year arrived at last year's World Cup in Russia nursing a dislocated shoulder and, despite scoring twice in the group stages, could not prevent Pharaohs from falling at the first hurdle.

There are three countries making their Afcon debuts at this year's tournament: Burundi, Madagascar and Mauritania will all grace Africa's biggest stage for the first time.

How can I watch the games on TV in the UAE?

You can watch all the matches on BeIN Sports.

Updated: June 24, 2019 09:45 AM

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