Friday 21 June 2019 sees the start of the AFCON and you'll not want to miss the show that kicks off all the action ahead of Egypt vs Zimbabwe.
It's back! The excitement surrounding the Africa Cup of Nations 2019 has been building ever since the last ball was kicked in the Champions League. That tournament, of course, was won by three stars who will be strutting their stuff in Egypt, and the continental competition all kicks off with an incredible opening ceremony. Allow us to guide you through some of the ways you may choose to enjoy it...
What time does the AFCON 2019 opening ceremony begin?
At 20:00 local time in Cairo, Egypt, (20:00 CEST, 14:00 ET) the world can tune in to the opening ceremony that will lift the curtain on the tournament. This is then followed at 22:00 by the opening match, which sees Egypt face Zimbabwe. Find out what time the ceremony is kicking off where you are in the world.
What is happening at the AFCON 2019 opening ceremony?
It has been confirmed that four-time Grammy award nominee Femi Anikulapo-Kuti will be taking to the stage as part of the introductory celebrations. The legendary Nigerian will also be joined by singers Hakim and Dobet Gnahore to belt out the tournament's official song, 'Metgamaeen' ('We're together') and generally get the crowd's juices flowing.
Egyptian folk singer Hakim issued a bold message to fans on his official Instagram account: “Wait for me on Friday in the opening ceremony of the AFCON. We will make an astounding opening celebration; the whole world will be speaking about it.”
How can I watch the AFCON 2019 opening ceremony?
With various broadcasters jostling to get the rights to this attractive competition, you can check out who the provider is for your region. Ahead of the game you'll be entertained along with those in the stadium with tunes, parades and presentations.
Is the AFCON 2019 opening ceremony online?
The AFCON 2019 ceremony and opening game is available in several countries through the rights holders' online platform, if they have one. Check above who is broadcasting the game in your country and see if they have an online platform or possibly an iOS or Android app to watch it through. Also, read below...
AS English at the AFCON 2019
We at AS English can't get enough of Africa's continental tournament and will be doing our best to bring you as much of the action as possible via our inimitable live feed. This includes a visual treat through words and pictures of the opening ceremony.
Keep an eye out for what is coming up on our dedicated AFCON 2019 portal which gives you easy access to fixtures, results, tables and stats. Our website and Twitter account will both be handy guides too. Why not get yourself acquainted with the format and some of the potential stars with our handy guide.