Everything You Need To Know About The African Cup Of Nations Draw #AFCON2019

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The draw for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations takes place in Egypt this evening.

For the first time in African Cup Of Nations history, 24 countries will await their fate which will now also be held during Europe’s traditional summer months, from June 21 to July 19, Instead of January-February window

Following the release of the Fifa world rankings in April, 24 nations were separated into four seeding pots to determine the six groups for the finals.

Cameroon, the reigning champions, are placed in Pot 1 alongside hosts Egypt, Senegal, Tunisia, Nigeria and Morocco.

The top team teams from each group will progress to the knock-out stages, along with the four best third-placed teams.

 

Here are the full seeding groups for tonight’s draw in Cairo.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4
Egypt DR Congo South Africa Zimbabwe
Cameroon Ghana Uganda Namibia
Senegal Mali Benin Guinea-Bissau
Tunisia Ivory Coast Mauritania Angola
Nigeria Guinea Madagascar Tanzania
Morocco Algeria Kenya Burundi

Start time

The draw is scheduled to start at 7pm Nigerian time.

How to watch 

The draw will be available via a live stream provided by the official CAFTV YouTube channel, also on Local and Cable TV stations

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Nigerian Air force denies killing civilians in Zamfara

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has denied allegations that its stings against rampaging bandits in Zamfara were on innocent civilians.

It further challenged anyone with evidence that civilians were targeted during its recent strikes to produce such evidence.

This was in reaction to some media reports insinuating that the recent air strikes conducted by its personnel killed only civilians in the areas attacked and not bandits.

“The attention of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has been drawn to some media reports insinuating that the recent air strikes conducted by its Air Task Force for Operation DIRAN MIKIYA killed only innocent civilians in the areas attacked and not bandits,” read a statement issued on Friday by Ibikunle Daramola, NAF director of public relations and information.

“The NAF finds such reports rather ridiculous because most of the locations attacked are within the Rugu, Sububu and Kagara Forests general area, which are known armed bandits hideouts that have been attacked in the past, without any outcry. Besides, the NAF target selection process for air operations is particularly rigorous and methodical in order to ensure proper target identification and thereby prevent strikes on wrong locations.”

Daramola said the locations attacked from April 8 to 11, 2019 were selected based on human intelligence (HUMINT) reports obtained from security agencies and other government sources, traditional and community leaders as well as reliable, vetted informants.

“These were all further confirmed by days of detailed day and night Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions to ensure proper targeting for avoidance of collateral damage. To further ensure this, as standard practice, NAF attack aircraft on air interdiction missions are accompanied by ISR platforms that guide them to designated targets,” he added.

“Furthermore, NAF pilots, by training and in line with extant Rules of Engagement (ROEs) for the operation, do not attack any location if it is observed that non-combatants, especially women and children, are present. In such cases, the pilots would rather return to Base with their munitions unexpended. Consequently, it is inconceivable that the NAF would attack locations where innocent civilians reside.

“In view of the foregoing, the NAF finds it rather mischievous that anyone would spread such deliberate misinformation whilst the Service is doing its best to effectively respond to the challenges facing the good people of Zamfara State and its environs.

“Rather than making such spurious and unsubstantiated allegations, NAF requests that anyone with evidence to the effect that innocent civilians were targeted by the NAF air strikes should produce such evidence.”

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Report: Real Madrid Want £113m For Gareth Bale

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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez reportedly wants £113m for Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale’s representative has insisted that the Wales international remains happy with life in Spain, but speculations persist regarding a potential exit from the Bernabeu.

Zinedine Zidane would allegedly be happy to part ways with the 29-year-old and according to AS, the Spanish giants have set the player’s asking price.

The report suggests that Madrid would also be open to accepting a part-exchange deal given their interest in Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogbaand Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen.

Bale still has over three years remaining on his contract at the La Liga side.

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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips This Morning

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  • Liverpool are in talks with Nike over a new kit deal that would eclipse Manchester United’s £750m Premier League record.
  • Rafa Benitez believes dealing with Newcastle chief Mike Ashley is like Brexit.
  • Arsenal have leapt ahead of Liverpool and Manchester United in the race for Ajax’s Brazilian winger David Neres.
  • Tottenham star Christian Eriksen is emerging as a preferred target for Real Madrid over Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, according to reports in Spain.
  • Robert Lewandowski and Kingsley Coman came to blows at Bayern Munich’s training ground on Thursday morning.
  • Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema were the only two members of the Real Madrid squad not to attend a team building dinner on Wednesday, according to reports in Spain.
  • Burnley are ready to listen to offers for goalkeepers Nick Pope and Joe Hart in the summer.
  • Gareth Bale will become part of a mass summer overhaul at Real Madrid this summer, which will see £430m worth of star names leave.
  • Rafa Benitez has sold his Napoli transfer blueprint to Newcastle bosses as he attempts to close the gap on clubs like Leicester, who they play on Friday.
  • Manchester City transfer boss Txiki Begiristain watched in-form Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic score vs Benfica.
  • Andreas Christensen says he “wants to stay” in a major boost for Chelsea with their transfer ban looming.
  • Manuel Pellegrini admits the signing of Samir Nasri was a risk.
  • Thorgon Hazard could be forced to join Liverpool over Borussia Dortmund this summer as Borussia Monchengladbach favour the Reds’ financial terms.
  • Manchester United are willing to pay Real Madrid £52m for Toni Kroos but face competition from Manchester City, Juventus and PSG.
  • Jack Grealish says captaining Aston Villa is a dream come true amid their charge to the Premier League.
  • Sadio Mane is still wanted by Real Madrid this summer but they will only pursue a transfer if the Liverpool forward hands in a transfer request.
  • Gareth Bale will tell Real Madrid that he is not prepared to leave the club this summer to help facilitate their plans to sign Eden Hazard and Paul Pogba.
  • An organisation that represents supporters across Europe has raised serious concerns about the security arrangements in Barcelona for Manchester United fans travelling to the Champions League quarter-final second leg next week.
  • The owners of PSG are investigating the possibility of buying an English Championship club.
  • Arsenal and Everton are interested in signing the exciting Ajax winger David Neres who is expected to cost at least £34.5m this summer.
  • Andre Villas-Boas’ agent has refused to rule out a move to Celtic for his client after earlier claiming a deal wouldn’t happen.
  • Roberto Martinez’s agent insists he won’t be the next Celtic boss despite being a bookies favourite.
  • Aberdeen captain Graeme Shinnie has been pictured at Derby County’s stadium as he holds talks over a move to England.
  • Connor Goldson hopes loanees Joe Worrall and Ryan Kent return to Rangers next term.
  • Dundee United ace Osman Sow was detained by cops over alleged money laundering after he was ‘found with around £18,000 in cash’.

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Slavia Prague 0-1 Chelsea: Marcos Alonso rescues win for Chelsea with late goal in Europa League

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Marcos Alonso scored an 85th minute winner against Slavia Prague

Despite seven changes to the team that waltzed past West Ham on
Monday night and a late goal from Marcos Alonso, Chelsea were still
clearly feeling the effects of a London derby in their boots.

The difference in performance level is even more stark when one of those players taken out of front line duty is Eden Hazard.

The little Belgian dynamo was supposed to be rested last night in preparation for Sunday’s difficult trip to Liverpool.

Having single-handedly destroyed The Hammers in one of his most brilliant performances to date he was certainly due a night off.

But Sarri was forced to abandon his plan and bring his best player by
miles off the bench after less than an hour to liven things up.

Even then they were lucky to get out of town and home to face next week’s second leg still on level terms let alone with their noses in front

It is maybe more than coincidence that the goal which puts Chelsea in
command of the return game in London next Thursday was a combination of
Willian and left back Alonso.

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