CAF announces official AFCON 2019 dates

The tournament proper will begin on the 21st of June and end on the 13th of July.
Recently elected president of the African Football Confederation (CAF) Ahmad Ahmad (R) speaks as Royal Moroccan Football Federation president Fouzi Lekjaa (L) and FIFA president Gianni Infantino (2L) listen on during the first ever African Football Symposium in Skhirat, on the outskirts of the Moroccan capital, on July 18, 2017. – Delegates from CAF’s 55 member federations, coaches, retired players as well as top football officials from FIFA are in the Moroccan capital to discuss, among other issues, the future of African Cup of Nations, including its format and timing. (Photo by STRINGER / AFP)

The Confederation of African Football have announced the schedule for the 2019 African Cup of Nations.

The governing body in a statement said the draws for the competition will be held at the Giza Pyramids and Sphinx in Egypt on the 12th of April.

The tournament proper will commence on the 21st of June and end on the 13th of July.

Egypt will stage the competition after original host Cameroon was stripped of its duties due to delays in its preparations for the expanded 24-team tournament.

The opening match, which will feature the Pharaohs, is scheduled to take place at the 74,100-seat Cairo Stadium.

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