The Uganda Cranes have been drawn to face hosts Egypt in Group A of the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).
In the draws conducted at the Giza Pyramids in Egypt on Friday night by the CAF assistant general secretary Anthony Baffoe and African legends Uganda has been placed alongside Egypt, Ivory Coast and Zimbabwe.
The 2019 Afcon which will for the first time feature 24 teams will take place June 21 to July 19 in six venues. Egypt struggled to beat Uganda Cranes 1-0 in a group game of the 2017 Afcon in Gabon.
This time Egypt led by African player of the year Muhamad Salah will open the tournament with a game against Zimbabwe on April 21. The Cranes will this time open their campaign against tricky DR Congo on April 22 before battling Zimbabwe on April 26 and taking on Egypt in the last group game on April 30.
The other teams from the Council for East and Central African Football Associations (Cecafa) region Kenya and Tanzania have been placed in Group C alongside Senegal and Algeria, while Burundi making their debut in the tournament are in Group B together with Nigeria, Guinea and Madagascar.
Group D is viewed as the that of death with the likes of Morocco, Ivory Coast, South Africa and Namibia. Cameroon are the defending champions of the Afcon. Egypt has won the Afcon title a record seven times, while Cameroon has five and Ghana four times. Sudan and Ethiopia are the only teams from the Cecafa region who have won the title once.
Group A: Egypt, DR Congo, Uganda, Zimbabwe
Group B: Nigeria, Guinea, Madagascar, Burundi
Group C: Senegal, Algeria, Kenya, Tanzania
Group D: Morocco, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Namibia
Group E: Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania, Angola
Group F: Cameroon, Ghana, Benin, Guinea Bissau