Uganda Awaits Groupmates Ahead of AFCON 2019 Draw

Uganda's national football team, The Cranes.

Ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final tournament draws today in Egypt, Uganda will not meet South Africa, Benin, Mauritania, Madagascar and Kenya in the group stages, since the six nations were Thursday put in the same pot.

The CAF Executive Committee at its meeting yesterday Thursday in Cairo Egypt, approved the draw procedure for the final tournament.

In unveiled procedure, the pots and seedings of the 24 qualified teams were decided based on the latest FIFA World rankings (released 4 April 2019), which is globally accepted and portrays a true reflection of the state of the qualified teams, according to continental football governing body, CAF.

Fours pots, One has Egypt, Cameroon, Senegal, Tunisia, Nigeria and Morocco, and Port two has Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Guinea and Algeria.

Uganda, South Africa, Benin, Mauritania, Madagascar and Kenya and in port three, while Zimbabwe, Namibia, Guinea Bissau, Angola, Tanzania and Burundi are in Port 4.

It is from these ports that six groups of four nations will be determined later tonight.

The hosting country, Egypt, automatically heads group A and defending champions, Cameroon, heads one of the rest of the remaining five groups.

A team led by the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) President, Moses Magogo, Cranes manager Patrick Ntege, Cranes Coach Sebastian Desabre and Minister Nakiwala Kiyingi are already in Cairo for the draws.

Uganda will be participating in the tournament for the second consecutive time since ending the nearly 40 year jinx in 2017.

Desabre’s men finished top of group L in at the qualification stage, losing only one game to Tanzania in Dar es Salaam.

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