Sports activities Information of Sunday, 23 June 2019
With hardly 6 months to organise the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), Egypt defied all odds and staged a dazzling opening ceremony to set the tone for the footballing social gathering, that acquired the entire continent singing praises for the North African country.
Femi Kuti of Nigeria, Dobet Gnahoré of Ivory and Hakim of Egypt ended up the headline functions for Friday night’s opening jamboree with fireworks, and pharaonic costumes amid other unique exhibition of African lifestyle at the Cairo Global Stadium in a ceremony that lasted for 17 minutes.
Kuti, the Afrobeat singer with 4 Grammy nominations to his title — performed the English model of the tournament’s official song.
He was joined by Grammy-profitable Gnahoré with Egypt’s Hakim rounding off the trio of headline functions.
Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi welcomed all African teams participating in the 2019 African Nations Championship (AFCON) in his inaugurating speech, wishing them excellent luck.
Mr. Gianni Infantino, President of Federation of Worldwide Soccer Associations (FIFA) and Mr. Ahmad Ahmad, President of the Confederation of Africa Football, had been all in attendance.
The 1st match kicked off soon, as host, Egypt locked horns with Zimbabwe with Egypt profitable by a lone purpose courtesy Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’.
This year’s edition is considered the greatest Africa Cup of Nations at any time with 24 teams. Egypt will stage the competitors from June 21 until eventually July 19.