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AFCON 2019: Today's First Game Plus the Best Places to Watch Them
Hosts Egypt play Zombabwe in the tounament opener plus follow Bafana Bafana as they try to re-establish SA as an African football force.
Egypt is gearing up to host 24 top African national teams including our very own Bafana Bafana at this year’s year’s Africa Cup Of Nations (AFCON). The hosts open the tournament against Zimbabwe at the Cairo International Stadium. The match kicks off at 10pm and if you don't feel like watching it at home we have some great venues you can got o watch it below.
BAFANA'S JOURNEY AND CHALLENGE
Our national team booked their spot after beating Libya in the last match of the final qualifiers 2-1 on their home soil. Bafana Bafana were drawn in Group D and have a challenging group facing top-ranked teams, starting with against Cote d’Ivoire on 24 June at 4:30pm.
Here is a list of Bafana Bafana's fixtures for the 2019 AFCON group stages.
BAFANA BAFANA AFCON GROUP STAGE FIXTURE
Date Playing Venue Time
Monday, 24 June Côte d'Ivoire Al- Salam Stadium 16:30
Friday, 28 June Namibia Al- Salam Stadium 22:00
Monday, 1 July Morocco Al- Salam Stadium 18:00
If Bafana beat all the teams in their group, they could face the best third-placed team in the group stages. However, if they finish second, they will face whoever finishes first in a Group E containing Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania or Angola.
RELIVE BAFANA'S AFCON PINNACLE WHEN THEY WON IT IN 1996
PLACES TO WATCH
Matches will be screened live on DSTV and SABC 3. But if you're looking for some gees and a crowd to share the experience with, You can connect with other soccer fans at any of these Cape Town spots:
This restaurant and bar located in Claremont is popular for televising all the small and biggest sports tournaments. You’re guaranteed to find fans like yourself settling in for the AFCON ride. They have screens on all their floors as well as food and drinks to keep the celebrations going.
22 Chichester Road, Crn. 3rd Ave and Chichester Rd Harfield Village, Cape Town / +27 (0)21 671-8522
The oldest bar in the city, Perseverance has garnered a reputation for its feel-good vibe, beer and traditional pub food, from steaks to pizzas. It’s also known as the place to watch football games.
83 Buitenkant Street, Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa /021 461-2440
There’s no better place than to watch the good game at Cafe Extrablatt in Green Point. This cafe has roots in Morocco and Germany. It’s well-known for local and international craft beers. The kitchen is open till midnight and they also have weekly specials as well as happy hour cocktails and mocktails specials.
Exhibition Building (Opposite Steers and Next to El Burro Mexican) 79 Main Road, Green Point / 021 434 3759
PREMIUM SPORTS BAR
This bar is, as the title suggests, designed specifically for sports fans. It’s a no-brainer that watching a game at this Mitchell’s Plain bar is your best bet at enjoying the AFCON 2019. They specialise in four types of beers on tap.
1 Avocado St, Westridge, Cape Town, 7802 / 079 821 2398
Follow this link to see more places you can visit to support Bafana Bafana in this AFCON tournament.
At some of these rugby bars, you’ll find fans that love soccer as much as they do rugby.
This link has more nightlife clubs you could enjoy for more celebrations after the soccer games.
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