Afcon 2019: Nigeria Drawn Against Guinea, Two Debutants

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Nigeria team (Back row L-R) Nigeria's midfielder John Obi Mikel, Nigeria's defender William Troost-Ekong, Nigeria's defender Leon Balogun, Nigeria's midfielder Victor Moses, Nigeria's midfielder Joel Obi and Nigeria's goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, (Front row L-R) Nigeria's striker Odion Ighalo, Nigeria's defender Shehu Abdullahi, Nigeria's midfielder Alex Iwobi, Nigeria's midfielder Ogenyi Onazi and Nigeria's defender Bryan Idowu line up for a pre-game photograph ahead of the International friendly football match between England and Nigeria at Wembley stadium in London on June 2, 2018.

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria has been drawn against Guinea and debutants, Madagascar and Burundi in Group B of the enlarged African Cup of Nations (Afcon) to be hosted in Egypt this summer.

The ceremony which took place in Cairo, Egypt, also saw the host nation in group A, alongside DR Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Nigeria has played Guinea 17 times (W5, D7, L5). The first encounter between the two teams was in October 2, 1960, in the Nkrumah Cup, which the Eagles won by 4-1. The most recent meeting between the pair ended 2-2.

Madagascar is making her debut in the tournament and was the first team to qualify for the mundial. Madagascar is also the home country of CAF president, Ahmad Ahmad.

While Burundi is also making her debut in the tournament after qualifying as runners up to Senegal in group C ahead of Gabon.

Defending champions Cameroon are in Group F with Ghana, Benin and Guinea-Bissau.

The tournament will take place from 21 June to 19 July, meaning Europe-based players will not miss club games.

It is the biggest Afcon yet, with 24 teams, and the first to be held in Europe’s summer rather than January or February.

Madagascar defeated Equatorial Guinea 1-0 on Tuesday, 16th October, 2018 in Vontovorona to secure qualification for the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt for the first time in their history. 

The draw was held next to the pyramids of Giza.

Morocco coach Herve Renard is looking to win an unprecedented third Africa Cup of Nations – with a third team. The Atlas Lions are in Group D with one of the previous teams he won it with, the Ivory Coast. South Africa and neighbouring Namibia complete that group.

The first game of the tournament will be Egypt – who are likely to have Liverpool star Mohamed Salah in their team – against Zimbabwe on 21 June at Cairo Stadium.

The other new team, Mauritania, is in Group E with Tunisia, Mali and Angola.

Senegal and Algeria are alongside Kenya and Tanzania, who have only qualified once before – in 1980 – in Group C.

Two teams from each group will go into the last 16, with the four best third-placed teams also progressing.

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