Uganda have been drawn in a tough group in which they will play hosts and record champions Egypt alongside Zimbabwe and two-time winners Democratic Republic of Congo.
The draw for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals was officially conducted in the shadow of the Pyramids of Giza, Cairo on Friday, with the six groups throwing up some exciting.
Uganda was represented at the drawceremony by national team head coach Sebastien Desabre, FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo, vice president Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi and national teams manager Patrick Ntege Kaweesa.
The Ugandan football executives rubbed shoulders with legends of the beautiful game on the continent such as Yaya Toure, Rigobert Song, El Hadji Diouf, Mustapha Hadji, Honsy Abd Rabo among others at the event.
Several of the Africa’s biggest teams will be confident after receiving favorable group-stage draws in Friday’s ceremony outside Cairo
South Africa have been drawn in the Group of Death, and Stuart Baxter’s men will have to face off against fellow former Afcon winners Morocco and Cote d’Ivoire in Group D.
There is an East African derby between Kenya and Tanzania in group C and the other two countries in the group are Algeria and Senegal.
There will also be an all Western African affair in group F where defending champions Cameroon will face four time winners Ghana, Benin and Guinea Bissau in what is best described as the group of death.
Egypt has the record number of appearances, 15 and the most triumphs as champions (7). The Egyptians have been on the podium as winners in 1957, 1959, 1986, 1998, 2006, 2008 and lately 2010.
This will be Uganda Cranes’ seventh time to play at AFCON finals since 1962, 1968, 1974, 1976, 1978, 2007 and now 2019.
The best ever finish was in the 1978 edition when Uganda Cranes lost 2-0 to hosts Ghana in the final.
Egypt will use six stadia to host this biennial championship and these are Cairo International Stadium, Air Force Stadium, Port Said Stadium, Ismailia Stadium, Suez Sport Stadium and Alexandria Stadium.
The expanded 24-team tournament will take place in Egypt in June and July 2019.
Afcon 2019 group-stage draw:
Group A: Egypt, Zimbabwe, DR Congo, Uganda
Group B: Burundi, Madagascar, Guinea, Nigeria
Group C: Tanzania, Algeria, Kenya, Senegal
Group D: South Africa, Namibia, Cote d’Ivoire, Morocco
Group E: Angola, Mauritania, Mali, Tunisia
Group F: Guinea-Bissau, Benin, Ghana, Cameroon