The time has come finally!
The Total Africa Cup of Nations Egypt 2019 kicks off when hosts Egypt lock horns with Zimbabwe on Friday in the opening match at Cairo International Stadium. The Group A curtain raiser is set to start at 22:00 local time (20:00 GMT) after a scheduled opening ceremony that starts a couple of hours earlier.
Record seven time champions Egypt, led by recent UEFA Champions League winner with Liverpool Mohamed Salah would be eager to give a good impression of themselves in front of their die-hard supporters, who are thirsty for a record extending eighth title, their first since completing the unprecedented treble between 2006 and 2010.
The Pharaohs were losing finalists two years ago when they succumbed to a late 2-1 defeat against eventual champions Cameroon in Libreville, Gabon. Head Coach Javier Aguirre opted to keep the core of the team that returned from Gabon with the runner ups tag, hoping for a better outing this time round.