The 2019 AFCON opening ceremony was just amazing on Friday night at Cairo stadium
CAIRO, 22 June 2019: The 2019 AFCON opening ceremony was just amazing on Friday night at Cairo stadium.
With the attendance of Egypt’s president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi , Egypt defeated Zimbabwe 1_0 at the opening game of 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Mahmoud Hassan known as Trezeguet scored Egypt's winning goal seven minutes before half time after a wonderful play with Ayman Ashraf.
With fireworks, pharaonic costumes and joyful song by Egyptian folk singer Hakim, Nigerian Femi kuti and Côte d'IvoirenDobetgnahore, the 2019 African Nations Championship (AFCON) kicked off at Cairo International Stadium on Friday.
Around 70,000 attendants packed Cairo stadium for the first time since 2015 when it hosted a game for Egypt.
Egypt proved to the world that it can organize any tournament in a short time. Here are some of the world’s reaction to the historic ceremony.
This year’s edition is considered the biggest Africa Cup of Nations ever with 24 teams. Egypt will stage the competition from June 21 until July 19.
The tournament was increased from 16 to 24 teams, in a similar format to Euro 2016, Egypt is hosting this tournament for a 5th time. The Pharaohs are the most successful team in the tournament's history, winning seven times.
Matches will be held at eight stadiums during the tournament, hosting in five different cities, namely Alexandria, Ismailia, Port Said, Suez and the capital Cairo.
The hosting rights were taken off Cameroon in November because of slow preparations and security concerns.
In January, Egypt was announced host of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).