Africa is a few hours away from finding out the eagerly anticipated 2019 AFCON draw, and it won’t be just another draw. The 2019 edition, to be held in Egypt, is expected to be the most-watched and most eventful tournament in terms of knockout games.
So what it is that makes 2019 a special AFCON?
- For the first time in the tournament’s history, the event has been moved from its long traditional period of taking place between the awkward time of January- February.
- The AFCON will this year and beyond take place during the off-season of June-July. What does this mean? Playing during the off-side means the entire world will turn its attention to the AFCON event.
Teams & format
- AFCON is previously a 16-team competition with four sets of groups where the top two sides made the last 16.
- This year we will see 24 teams that will be drawn into six groups of four teams each. The teams in each group play a single round robin. After the group stage, the top two teams and the four best third teams will advance to the round of 16.
The official draw will take place in Egypt's Cairo this evening at 8pm. (Check: What time is the 2019 AFCON draw in your time region?)
Read more: The 24 Nations that qualified for 2019 AFCON