Harambee Stars have qualified for the African Cup of Nations for the first time in 15 years. Sebastian Migne’s side will feature in the Tournament set to be staged in Egypt next month. Kenya is in group c alongside North African giants Algeria, Sadio Mane’s Senegal and East African neighbors Tanzania.
Egypt was awarded the rights to host the showpiece event after the original host country, Cameroon delayed in developing the infrastructure necessary for hosting such a tournament. Egpty has World class Stadia and has allocated six of them as venues.
Below we take a look at the Stadiums that will host AFCON 2019.
Cairo International Stadium
Located in Nasr City, Giza, Cairo International stadium has been a luck magnet to the Egyptian national team as it hosted the AFCON finals three times, and managed to achieve the title in two of them, in 1986 and 2006.
Opened in 1960, the Cairo International Stadium is the historic home ground for Al-Ahly, Zamalek and the national team.
It is the largest stadium in the capital with all-seated capacity of 75,000 and it is expected to host the opening game and the Final.
Beside hosting the AFCON, Cairo Stadiums hosted many major tournaments like the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup, 1991 All-Africa Games and the derbies between Al-Ahly and Zamalek.
Al Salam Stadium
The stadium has emerged to be the alternative of Cairo International Stadium and it hosted many games for Al-Ahly and Zamalek.
The Stadium located in Al Salam Stadium opened in 2009 with with an all-seated capacity of 30,000
30 June Stadium
The 30 June Stadium is a stadium used mostly for football matches and also sometimes for athletics located in Cairo. It was built by the Egyptian Air Defense Forces. The stadium is the main venue of the Air Defense Sport Village.
The Mediterranean city of Alexandria is the second largest city of Egypt, and has been a permanent co-host to sports events alongside Cairo.
Hosted the AFCON tournament in 2006, both Alexandria Stadium and Haras El Hodoud Stadium are highly expected to host the games this year as well.
They call it the home of football as the first football game ever played in Egypt was on its soil, even before the stadium was established. Built in 1929, Alexandria Stadium is considered the oldest football stadium in Egypt and Africa.
The stadium is the home ground for local teams from Alexandria like: Al Ittihad, Smouha and Olympic Clu, while the passionate football fans in the city used to pack its 20,000 seats.
It is a historic moment for the people in Suez as their 27,000 seated stadium will host an International tournament for the first time ever.
The stadium was opened in 1990 and it is the home ground of the city’s local teams like: Asmant El-Suweis, Petrojet and Montakhab el-Suez.
Known as the city of arts of and football, Ismailia is one of the most beautiful cities in Egypt, and is located in the North East of the country. The fans will enjoy watching African Football again on their 18,000-seated ground.