World Cup participants Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia all learned their opponents for this summer’s Africa Cup of Nations, set to now take place in Egypt.
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Liverpool’s Mo Salah and Egypt drew Group A with DR Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe, Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi and Nigeria were placed in Group B with Guinea, Madagascar, and Burundi, and Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez and Algeria were placed in Group C with Sadio Mane‘s Senegal, Kenya, and Tanzania.
Defending AFCON champions Cameroon were placed in Group F along with Ghana, Benin and Guinea-Bissau. Group D may be the Group of Death for this tournament, with the always-strong, though at times under-performing Ivory Coast paired with Morocco, South Africa and Namibia.
The tournament, moved from January/February to June/July for the first time to better align with European club schedules, was moved from Cameroon to Egypt in November 2018 due to political instability and delays in infrastructure improvements. It’s also been expanded from 16 teams to 24, with Burundi, Mauritania, and Madagascar all making their AFCON debuts this year.
The tournament will be held from June 21 through July 19.