Overall, 24 groups are participating in the tournament for the first time in history, making it the biggest and the first to be played all through Europe’s summer season after the Confederation of African Football moved it from its conventional January/February slot. The changing manner of the match is not competing for viewers or gamers with the Premier League, whose season ended in May. The new time frame additionally means pinnacle gamers from Europe are available for their national groups. AFCON is the principal international association football opposition in Africa. It was first held in 1957 and since 1968 has been held every two years. Here’s all you need to realize about this year’s tournament:
Battle of the hosts: Cameroon vs. Egypt
Egypt is the host united states of AFCON 2019, but that isn’t always what becomes at the start intended. Cameroon had been named host country back in 2014. But Cameroon turned into stripped of the right to host the match due to delays in preparations for the event and safety worries which include the chance of violence near venues. The games are taking region in four Egyptian venues break up among six stadiums. The website hosting towns are Suez, Alexandria, and Ismailia, with the final scheduled to take location in Cairo on July 19. The tournament commenced on June 21.
This isn’t always the primary time AFCON has moved the tournament – it is the fourth successive change of host cities or game sites. The 2013 finals had been to be held in Libya. However, the protection state of affairs supposed they were moved to South Africa with Libya to host in 2017. In 2015 Morocco had the hosting rights taken away after worries that visiting enthusiasts might deliver in the Ebola virus. Equatorial Guinea stepped in with just six months to prepare. The 2017 finals were originally held in South Africa, but they had swapped with Libya, which turned them unable to host for safety motives, and Gabon took over.