2019 AFCON finals draw set for today      

12Apr 2019
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
2019 AFCON finals draw set for today      

TAIFA Stars will know their opponents in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals when the tournament’s draw will be held in Cairo, Egypt today.


Taifa Stars qualified for the finals after beating Uganda 3-0 I the Group L match of the qualifiers at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam few weeks ago.

According to CAF protocol, all teams which qualified for the finals slated for June 21 to July 19 will be represented at the draw.

Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) secretary general Wilfed Kidao yesterday could not pick his phone when we wanted to know who will represent the country at the draw in Cairo.

However, according to CAF website, cafonline.com, the draw is to be made today but it has dismissed recent reports that teams are grouped in pots.

Recently there have been information that Taifa Stars are in pot D alongside Mauritania, Namibia, Benin, Kenya and Madagascar.

However, CAF said the news on pots are not its official stand. The body said there have been talk surrounding which nations will be in which pot ahead of today draw in Cairo. CAF has insisted that until they have communicated matters nothing is official.

A statement from the body said: “Following articles published in some media concerning the draw procedure for the Total Africa Cup of Nations 2019, CAF reminds that the website cafonline.com is the only official communication of CAF competitions.”

"In accordance with the statues and regulations of CAF, the procedure for the draw of Total AFCON Egypt 2019 will be submitted to AFCON organizing committee and approved by the executive committee.”

"CAF is not responsible for the presumptions either published or appear in the media, an official statement will be published on the CAF website as soon as its procedure will be approved by executive committee "said part of the release from CAF.

This is the first time after 39 years that Taifa Stars have qualified for the finals, which will be played in the summer. CAF removed the tournament from its traditional month of January to February.




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