How the AFCON 2019 draw in Egypt will proceed

The CAF Executive Committee at its meeting on Thursday, 11 April 2019, in Cairo, Egypt approved the draw procedure for the final tournament of the Total Africa Cup of Nations Egypt 2019. The procedure was proposed by the Organising Committee for the Africa Cup of Nations at its meeting 24-hours earlier.

The pots and seedings of the 24 qualified teams were decided based on the latest FIFA World rankings (released 4 April 2019), which is globally accepted and portrays a true reflection of the state of the qualified teams.

The draw takes place tonight (Friday, 12 April 2019) in Cairo, Egypt.

Teams have been separated into four seeding pots based on the Fifa world rankings released on 4 April. They will then be drawn into six groups of four.

The top two teams from each group, and four best third-placed teams, go into the quarter-finals.

The tournament is the biggest yet with 24 teams and the first to be held in June, instead of the usual January period.

It will take place from 21 June to 19 July.

Cameroon, who defeated Egypt in the final two years ago in Gabon, are the defending champions.

Burundi, Mauritania and Madagascar are making are debut at the tournament.

Source: South Africa Football Association