Africa Cup of Nations 2019 is known as the Total 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, is the 32nd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations. The CAF Africa Cup of Nations, officially CAN (French: Coupe d’Afrique des Nations), also referred to as AFCON, or Total Africa Cup of Nations for sponsorship reasons, is the main international association football competition in Africa.
The biennial international men’s football championship of Africa organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The tournament is being hosted by Egypt. The competition is currently held from 21 June to 19 July 2019, as per the decision of the CAF Executive Committee on 20 July 2017 to move the Africa Cup of Nations from January/February to June/July for the first time.
It will also be the first Africa Cup of Nations expanded from 16 to 24 teams. The tournament was initially scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon.
Cameroon would have hosted the competition for the first time since 1972. They were also the title holders after winning the previous edition. On 30 November 2018, Cameroon was stripped of hosting the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations due to delays in the delivery of infrastructure, the Boko Haram insurgency and the Anglophone Crisis.
On 8 January 2019, Egypt was chosen by the CAF Executive Committee as the host nation of the competition.
The tournament was also moved from the original dates of 15 June – 13 July to 21 June – 19 July due to Ramadan.
List of Qualified Teams and Team nicknames for the Africa Cup of Nations 2019
Egypt – The Pharaohs
Madagascar – Barea
Tunisia – Eagles of Carthage
Senegal – The Lions of Teranga
Morocco – Atlas Lions
Mauritania – Lions of Chinguetti
Burundi – The Chayfs (The Swallows)
Algeria – The Desert Foxes.
Guinea – National Elephants
Uganda – The Cranes
Mali – The Eagles
Nigeria – The Super Eagles
Ivory Coast – The Elephants
Kenya – Harambee Stars
Angola – Giant Sable Antelopes (or just Sable Antelopes)
Cameroon – The Indomitable Lions
Ghana – The Black Stars
Guinea-Bissau – Djurtus
Namibia – Brave Warriors
Zimbabwe – The Warriors
DR Congo – The Leopards
Benin – The Squirrels
Tanzania – Taifa Stars/Kilimanjaro Stars
South Africa – Bafana Bafana