The 32nd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations it to be hosted by Egypt from June 21 to July 19. This is the first time the biennial tournament is to be held in the summer. It is also the first to be made up of 24 teams.
Cameroon had originally been picked to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, but the Confederation of African Football (CAF) decided in January to move the tournament to Egypt due to delays in the completion of various infrastructure. Egypt are the most successful team at the Africa Cup of nations, having won the title seven times. Current champions Cameroon have won it five times.
Algeria booked their place in the Africa Cup of Nations 2019 semifinals with a penalty shootout win over the Ivory Coast. Elsewhere, Madagascar's fairytale ended as Tunisia picked up their first win of the competition.
Wilfried Zaha scored a later winner as the Ivory Coast beat Mali to reach the quarterfinals, where they will face Tunisia. The Tunisians conceded a stoppage time equalizer by Ghana but recovered to win on penalties.
The holders and hosts are both out as Nigeria and South Africa pulled off big wins. Odion Ighalo was the star for Nigeria, who recovered to beat Cameroon, while a late Thembinkosi Lorch goal stunned Egypt in Cairo.
Benin pulled off the shock of the Africa Cup of Nations so far by beating Morocco in a shootout, following Hakim Ziyech's stoppage time penalty miss for Morocco. Later, Sadio Mane scored as Senegal edged out Uganda.
A shortage of goals and tough defensive tactics – the group stage of the Africa Cup of Nations never quite got going. But the round of 16 offers some potentially exciting clashes, including a continental classic.