The group stage draw for the Total U-23 Africa Cup of Nations took place at Haramlek Palace, Alexandria, Egypt revealing that host country Egypt will open the tournament in a match against Mali on Friday, 8 November at the Cairo International Stadium.
The Total U-23 Africa Cup of Nations is held every four years and showcases some of African football’s emerging talents while also acting as a qualifier for the Summer Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Egypt’s Pharaohs were also drawn alongside debutants Cameroon and Ghana as well as Mali in Group A and holders Nigeria were drawn in Group B with Cote d’ivoire, South Africa and Zambia.
Former Egyptian forward Emad Meteab assisted CAF Director of Competitions, Samson Adamu to conduct the draw that pitted the eight qualified teams into two groups of four teams each.
President of the CAF Organising Committee for Youth Competitions and CAF Executive Committee Member Ahmed Yahya supervised the ceremony, which was attended by Egyptian Minister of Youth and Sports, Dr Ashraf Sobhy and representatives of the qualified teams.
The tournament is scheduled to take place from 8-22 November 2019 in the Egyptian capital Cairo and will see Group A hosting their games at the Cairo Interntional Stadium and Group B at the Al Salam Stadium.
The top three teams of the Total U-23 Africa Cup of Nations will qualify to represent Africa at the Summer Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Group A – Egypt, Mali, Cameroon, Ghana
Group B – Nigeria, Cote d’ivoire, South Africa, Zambia