EXPLAINER: How Afcon 2019's new format works

File: The 32nd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations is set to kick off in Egypt on 21 June.

File: The 32nd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations is set to kick off in Egypt on 21 June.

BackpagePix

JOHANNESBURG - The 32nd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations is set to kick off in Egypt on 21 June.

eNCA.com takes a look at the various countries that have qualified for the showpiece tournament and how the tournament's new format works.

READ: Bafana Bafana qualify for Afcon

Initially, 16 teams participated in Afcon tournaments, but in 2019 a total of 24 teams are set to contest for Africa's greatest prize.

This is due to an extension to the number of participants by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

HOW DOES IT WORK? 

  • The 24 qualified teams will be seeded into four pots based on CAF rankings and the host nation Egypt will be seeded in group A.
  • The 24 teams will be drawn into six groups of four teams.
  • The top two teams in each group, along with the best four third-placed teams will advance to the knockout phase; the round of 16.
  • In the knockout phase, extra-time and penalties will be required to decide a winner if necessary. 
  • 16 teams will contest the round of 16 and the winners will advance to the quarter-finals.
  • 8 teams will contest the quarter-finals and the winners will advance to the semi-final. 
  • 4 teams will contest the semi-finals and the winners will advance to the final on 19 July with the losers set to battle it out for third place. 

The draw will take centre stage on 12 April and the teams involved will be:  

Angola

Algeria

Benin

Burundi

Cameroon

Democratic Republic of Congo

Egypt

Ghana

Guinea Bissau

Guinea

Kenya

Ivory Coast

Madagascar

Morocco

Mali

Mauritania

Nigeria

Namibia

Tanzania

Tunisia

Uganda

Senegal

South Africa

Zimbabwe

Source
eNCA