Sporting activities News of Friday, 21 June 2019
The Africa Cup of Nations will kick-off on Friday evening with the a great deal-predicted match involving the Egyptian Pharaohs and the Zimbabwe Warriors.
The match is historic for quite a few good reasons which includes the reality that 24 teams are participating for the first time, and it is remaining held in the June/July window alternatively than January/February.
In this post, we’ll share updates and developments forward of the tournament opener such as the next
Anticipations for the opening ceremony
The opening ceremony of the tournament will be graced by a number of significant profile personalities such as FIFA president Gianni Infantino and Nigeria’s legendary musician Femi Kuti.
Femi Kuti, will perform the formal song of this year’s AFCON, alongside with Egypt’s Hakim and Ivory Coast’s Dobet Gnahore.
The formal song is titled ‘Metgameen’ which interprets as ‘We Are Together’.
Cameroon gamers strike
Cameroon gamers had still not still left their hotel in the funds, Yaounde to board a flight to Egypt, mainly because of a shell out dispute.
The reigning champions are established to start out the match on Tuesday in a match in opposition to Guinea-Bissau, but the players did not surface for their flight on Thursday night amid a spat more than reward payments.
“The Lions are however in Yaounde. They did not agree with their managers on the sum of their rates,” the spokeswoman informed Reuters.
Ministry of sports activities spokesman Gabriel Nloga stated the players experienced each individual been paid out a reward of 20 million CFA francs ($34,635). A supply at Cameroon’s soccer federation said the players experienced requested for twice that.
Pay disputes prior to big competitions are not unconventional for African soccer federations who often do not have sufficient sources to pay their player’s high sums. Nigeria and Ghana have experienced comparable complications in new Earth Cups.
How AFCON works
The 24 teams at the match have been placed in 6 teams, and they will be actively playing to get just one of 16 slots readily available for the knockout stages.
The winners and runners-up in every group and the very best four 3rd-put groups, qualify for the next round.
Stars to observe
Egypt’s star forwards Mohamed Salah will be one particular of the primary points of interest for admirers at house and throughout the continent.
The Liverpool forward, who just lately designed record as a Champions League winner with Liverpool, is a crucial participant for the house facet, and will be less than tension to enable the Egyptian Pharaohs earn a report eighth title.