AFCON 2019: Meet the three 'survivors' from 2006 AFCON in Egypt
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AFCON 2019: Meet the three 'survivors' from 2006 AFCON in Egypt

AFCON 2019: Meet the three 'survivors' from 2006 AFCON in Egypt

23 Jun 2019, 17:50

The Africa Cup of Nations is on its third day in Egypt, having started on June 21st with the hosts beating Zimbabwe 1-0 to open the stage. 

The country is not new in hosting such tournaments, having hosted the continental showpiece four times in the past; 1969, 1974, 1986 and 2006.

Its 13 years now since they last hosted the showpiece, and interestingly, only three players have made it from the teams that played at the land of Pyramids. 

1. John Obi Mikel

The Nigerian Captain, 32, was a young lad trying to break his way into the senior team and earned his second international cap against Zimbabwe in Port Said during the tournament. 

Mikel went on to grab the headlines in the match against Zimbabwe, scoring from the edge of the box to make headlines across the continent. 

13 years later, the boy is now a man leading the Super Eagles as they go out in search of glory, hoping to lay hands on the title that they last lifted in 2013.

2. Tresor Mputu

TP Mazembe's Mputu was in the team that played in the last tournament in Egypt. He missed the last two editions but has been drafted back into the team that will hope to make it out of a tight group, where they face Uganda, Egypt and Zimbabwe.

3. Carlos Kameni

At 35, Kameni is one of the oldest players in Egypt for this tournament. This seems like his last AFCON campaign, having missed the last time the Indomitable Lions won the tournament two years ago in Gabon. He has had a glittering career with Espanyol before playing at Fernabache to more successes.

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