The Warriors of Zimbabwe are set to battle the Pharaohs of Egypt at the Cairo International Stadium, as the stage is set towards the 32nd edition of the Total African Cup of Nations kicking off today by 21hours GMT.
Egypt and Zimbabwe are paired up in Group A alongside DR Congo and Uganda who will meet at the same venue tomorrow Saturday 22nd of June 2019.
The tournament would have an increase from 16 to 24 teams this year contending for the Cup in six Groups, as it is also the first time CAF is moving the Tournament from January/February to June/July.
Cameroon, who are the defending champions, was officially chosen to host the 2019 AFCON, but on 30th November 2018 due to the Boko Haram insurgency, Anglophone Crisis and their inability to get their infrastructures ready for the tournament the right to host was taken from them and given to Egypt on the 8th of January.
Egypt now holds two major records under its AFCON belt as the country that has hosted the highest AFCON Tournament, as they host for the fifth time now and they also hold title of highest Cup Winner of 7 times.
Egypt’s record does not seem to deter the Zimbabwean side as their Captain says that they are in Egypt not for talks, but to play, achieve success and make their country proud of them.
On the other side of the bench, Egypt’s 60 years old coach Javier Aguirre is confident of his team’s victory over Zimbabwe as he stresses his player’s mental and physical readiness.
The tournament is ready to feature Egyptian talisman and current African Player of the year Mohammed Salah, Sadio Mane of Senegal and a host of the most beautiful African Stars.