Sisi welcoming all African teams participating in the 2019 African Nations Championship (AFCON) in his inaugurating speech, on Friday/ Egypt Today
CAIRO – 21 June 2019: Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi welcomed all African teams participating in the 2019 African Nations Championship (AFCON) in his inaugurating speech, on Friday, wishing them luck.
Sisi arrived earlier at the stadium, giving green light for the championship, welcoming the African football teams and fans “in their second home, Egypt”.
Attended the ceremony, the Swiss president of Confederation of the International Football Association "FIFA" Gianni Infantino , and partner of the event Ahmad Ahmad, President of the CAF, as well as Dr. Mostafa Madbouli, Prime Minister and Chairman of the Higher Committee of the Championship and Dr. Ashraf Subhi, Minister of Youth.
Famed Egyptian folk singer Hakim gave a dazzling show with the participation of a group of dancers wearing pharaonic costume.
The star uploaded a video on his official Instagram commenting: “Wait for me on Friday in the opening ceremony of the AFCON. We will make an astounding opening celebration; the whole world will be speaking about it.”
The opening ceremony lasted nearly 17 minutes unlike opening ceremonies of other championships, which normally last between 12 and 15 minutes.
The first match will kick off shortly after, as host, Egypt will face Zimbabwe.
CAIRO - 21 June 2019: The opening ceremony of 2019 African Nations Championship (AFCON) kicked off on Friday, June 21, in Cairo International Stadium.