Amunike relishing Cairo return with Taifa Stars

By CAFonline Nigerian legend Emmanuel Amunike will make a return to Cairo, Egypt, a country and a city in which he chiselled for himself cult-hero status during his days with Zamalek, this time as coach for Tanzania for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals. Amunike featured for Zamalek between 1991 and 1994 leading them to back to back league titles in 1991/92 and 1992/93. He was also crowned African Player of the Year in 1994 whilst playing for…

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CAF names seven legends as Ambassadors

By CAFonline.com The Confederation African Football (CAF) has chosen seven legends as ambassadors for the Total Africa Cup of Nations, Egypt finals that kick off on Friday, June 21 to be played in four cities of Cairo, Alexandria, Ismailia and Suez. They are Mahmoud El Khateeb (Egypt), Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon), Yaya Toure, Didier Drogba (both Cote d’Ivoire), Rabeh Madjer (Algeria), Nwankwo Kanu (Nigeria) and El Hadji Diouf (Senegal). Mahmoud El Khateeb Ranked among the best African players of all…

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A look at the six Cosafa teams at the 2019 Nations Cup

By Duncan Mlanjira Angola 🇦🇴, Madagascar 🇲🇬, Namibia 🇳🇦, Zimbabwe 🇿🇼, South Africa 🇿🇦 and Namibia 🇳🇦 are the teams representing the Confederation of Southern Africa Football Association (Cosafa) during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Angola 🇦🇴 are in Group E and open their campaign on June 24 against North Africans Tunisia 🇹🇳 while Mali 🇲🇱 will be meeting Mauritania 🇲🇷. Namibia 🇳🇦 and South Africa 🇿🇦 are in Group D together with Côte d’Ivoire 🇨🇮 and Morocco…

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Skipper Mikel Obi disappointment at ex-players negative criticism of Super Eagles

By Solomon Fowowe, AllAfrica.com With Nigeria’s Super Eagles preparing for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) set to kick off on June 21, captain of the team, John Mikel Obi has expressed his disappointment at ex-players that negatively criticise the team. “When you see ex-players do that to players who love this country, who can do anything for this country, it is sad to see really. Because they are supposed to be the ones to encourage the younger…

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Namibia 🇳🇦 coach Mannetti not one to tremble at the sight of a giant

While many would expect Namibia to shiver at the composition of their Group D that has giants of three former winners, Cote d’Ivoire 🇨🇮, Morocco 🇲🇦 and South Africa 🇿🇦, their head coach Ricardo Mannetti says he is not one to tremble at the sight of a giant. “We are used to being the underdogs,” the former midfielder who played a huge chunk of his professional career in South Africa confidently told CAFonline.com. “It is a perfect draw for…

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Nigeria 🇳🇬 coach Rohr not underrating their Group B

By Duncan Mlanjira Nigeria 🇳🇬 coach Gernot Rohr will not be treating their opponents in Group B — Guinea 🇬🇳 and debutants Madagascar 🇲🇬 and Burundi 🇧🇮 — with kid gloves, during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), saying it will not be an easy group as it looks on paper. Asked by Cafonline.com what are the chances, expectations and plans  of Nigeria in their Group B for the tournament that kicks off on June 21 running through…

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Favourites Morocco 🇲🇦 beaten 0-1 warm-up match against non-qualifiers The Gambia

Morocco 🇲🇦, one of the favourites to win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, suffered a surprise 0-1 warm-up match loss in Marrakech on Wednesday to non-qualifiers the Gambia. The unexpected outcome can partly be explained by Morocco coach Herve Renard making numerous substitutions in the first of two friendly fixtures before heading to Egypt for the finals that kick off on June 21. Musa Barrow, who plays for Serie A club and 2019/2020 UEFA Champions League qualifiers Atalanta, scored…

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South Africa 🇿🇦 lead the pack with having home-based players at AFCON 2019

South Africa 🇿🇦, who are appearing for their 9th Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), have contributed 17 home based players ready for the continental showpiece that kicks off on June 21 at Cairo International Stadium. Following closely behind them are the hosts themselves, Egypt 🇪🇬 with 15 players and Tanzania 🇹🇿 with 14 as well as Angola 🇦🇴 with 12. Banana Bafana are chasing for the title that has eluded them since clinching it as hosts in 1996. Other finalists…

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All fixtures for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

The following are all the Africa Cup of Nations group fixtures: 21-Jun (Group A) Egypt 🇪🇬 v Zimbabwe 🇿🇼 DRC 🇨🇩 v Uganda🇺🇬 (22-Jun) 22-Jun (Group B) Nigeria 🇳🇬 v Burundi 🇧🇮 Guinea 🇬🇳 v Madagascar 🇲🇬 23-Jun (Group D) Morocco 🇲🇦 v Namibia 🇳🇦 23-Jun (Group C) Senegal 🇸🇳 v Tanzania 🇹🇿 Algeria 🇩🇿 v Kenya 🇰🇪 24-Jun (Group D) Côte d’Ivoire 🇨🇮 v South Africa 🇿🇦 24-Jun (Group E) Tunisia 🇹🇳 v Angola 🇦🇴 Mali 🇲🇱 v…

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Uganda 🇺🇬 coach Desabre unperturbed with strong opponents Egypt 🇪🇬

By Duncan Mlanjira Ahead of the kickoff of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on June 21, Uganda 🇺🇬 coach Sebastian Desabre is unperturbed with the challenging duel against hosts Egypt 🇪🇬, saying he believes his charges can match the seven-time champions even with the entire country behind them. The hosts open the continental football fiesta against Zimbabwe 🇿🇼with the Uganda Cranes facing Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) 🇨🇩 the following day. Uganda’s next game against Zimbabwe will…

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