The DRC-Uganda matches will occur Saturday 24:30 TU at Cairo International Stadium, will mark the 1 st day of Group A of the 32 th Cup Nations of Africa (CAN) -Egypt 2019 will be organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) from June 21 to July 19.
If the Pharaohs of Egypt, hosts of this continental rendezvous, are given favorites by all the forecasts, their adversaries of the group will be presented as outsiders, apart perhaps of the Leopards of the DRC which, in 1974, had disillusioned the Egyptians (3-2), in the semifinals, to eventually win this CAN to Zambians (2-0). But the Zimbabwe Warriors and the Ugandan Cranes will also have their say, as Congolese wild animals still remember their home defeat against the Southern Africa team (1-2) , during the playoffs of this CAN.
Egypt, the most successful team of the CAN with 7 titles: 2010, 2008, 2006, 1998, 1986, 1959, 1957) and the DRC, 2 titles (1968, 1974) are presented as regulars of the competition to which they are present at almost all editions. The country of Félix Antoine Tshilombo Tshisekedi is tied with Ivory Coast in the number of titles (1992, 2015).
The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon – group F also composed of Ghana, Benin and Guinea Bissau – points in the Pharaohs wheel with 5 crowns (2017, 2002 2000, 1988, 1984), followed by Ghana 4 crowns (1982, 1978 , 1965, 1963) and Nigeria 3 titles (2013, 1994, 1980).
His transfer to Beijing Guoan for about 72 million has made him the most expensive African player in history, and if he assumes to have taken the leadership of China for financial reasons, the Leopard Cédric Bakambu remains the offensive weapon number one of the Congolese carnivores. Even if the Chinese league is much less elevated than the Spanish Liga where he previously played with Villareal, forward RD Congolais continues to blaze with 23 goals scored for Beijing Guoan in 28 games played in 2018. He also offered qualifying for CAN 2019, scoring the crucial goal of 1-0 against Liberia’s Lone Stars in the final playoff game played in Kinshasa.
As for Egyptian Mohamed Salah, he will undoubtedly be one of the most scrutinized players throughout the home race for the Pharaohs. After a disappointing 2018 World Cup that ended in a first round elimination, the Egyptian hopes to redeem himself in front of his audience, even if the pressure will be huge on his shoulders. The 27-year-old has scored 27 goals with Liverpool, up from 44 in 2017-2018. This time it was a little less convincing on the individual level than last year. He won, on the other hand, on the collective level, this year, the UEFA Champions League with the Reds.
Thirteen breeders out of the 24 present in Egypt are Africans. Continental expertise takes precedence over the use of European technicians, long privileged by African nations. At the head of Senegal, Aliou Cissé will live his second CAN in a row, as Guinea-Bissau Baciro Candé. Jean Florent Ibenge, for his part, will play his third ranked CAN on the bench of the DRC. West Africa is lining up more local technicians on the banks: Ivory Coast with Ibrahim Kamara, Ghana with James Kwesi Appiah and Mali with Mohamed Magassouba, three nations that were led by Europeans at the time. 2017 edition.
For his part, Djamel Belmadi, second youngest coach of the tournament, will know his baptism of fire in international competition with Algeria. Nigerian Emmanuel Amunike will live on the bench of Tanzania his first coaching CAN, having won the 1994 edition as a player. Already victorious twice (with Zambia in 2012 and Côte d’Ivoire in 2015), Hervé Renard, the only coach to have already won the event, will aim for the three-way tie with Morocco, after having offered the trophy to the Zambia in 2012 and Côte d’Ivoire in 2015.
Four million euros to the winner
The winner of the first edition of the 24-team CAN will be rewarded 4 million euros against 3.5 million euros in 2017. The CAF Malgache Ahmad Ahmad has decided to increase the amount that will receive the winner of the test. Each of the selections entered will receive a minimum of € 534,000 for its participation in the CAN 2019.
The video assistance (VAR) will be used from the quarter-finals of the competition, CAF President Ahmad Ahmad announced in a pre-competition press conference.
The matches of the CAN will be interspersed with two breaks because of the heat, announced the medical commission of the competition. This break will take place in each of the two halves, in the 30 th and 75 thminutes, and “will allow players from both teams and referees to drink and hydrate their body with wet towels,” explained CAF. . Temperatures of 40 degrees are expected during the course of the CAN.