24 teams confirmed for 2019 Africa Cup of Nations but no Aubameyang

The 24 teams that have qualified for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations have been confirmed. Egypt are hosting Africa’s most prestigious competition.

Riyad Mahrez’s Algeria are among the countries, in what will be the first time the tournament was expanded from 16 to 24 sides.

Four teams qualified in total from North Africa. They are Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt.

Burundi, Madagascar and Mauritania all qualified for the first time in their history. Burundi have striker Saido Berahino in their ranks.

As well as Berahino’s boys, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya also qualified from East Africa. South Africa were the final team to qualify, and Namibia also made it for the first time since 2008. Angola, Zimbabwe and Madagascar complete the Southern section.

Cameroon, who are the holders, and DR Congo booked their places over the weekend. West Africa has the most amount of teams.

Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Mali, Nigeria, Benin, Ghana and Ivory Coast will all be in Egypt in June and July.

There is no place for Gabon and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is most certainly the biggest player to miss out. Burkina Faso, Zambia and Cape Verde also did not qualify.

Follow the entire tournament in English with DZ Football as the countdown to Egypt 2019 begins.

Algeria fans plan to boycott Gambia game

Algerian supporters are planning on boycotting Friday night’s AFCON 2019 qualifier against Gambia.

Over the last few weeks, Algerian people have been protesting peacefully against the political regime which has already forced presidential elections to be postponed. Furthermore, the public have been going on strike. This has led to delays in airports, trains and even seen people refuse to open up their shops.

In the domestic league, MC Alger vs USM Alger which is the biggest game every season in Ligue 1 DZ, had little to no fans inside the ground as a stand against the fifth mandate. Various fans are planning boycotts all over social media.

22,000 tickets went on sale Wednesday morning for the game that is taking place in Blida. Central defender Rafik Halliche sided with the supporters: “We respect the choice of the people and the supporters. If they want to come, we are there to make a match to allow the Algerians to be entertained and forget a little about what is happening, but if they want to boycott we respect that and that is it.

Regardless of the turnout, the game will still go ahead with kick-off at 7.45pm. You can follow Algeria vs Gambia in English with DZ Football.

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