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Event A
Dates: 15-20 April 2019
Venue: Tali Tennis Center
City: Helsinki, Finland
Surface: Hard (indoors)

Event B
Dates: 17-20 April 2019
Venue: Ulcinj Bellevue
City: Ulcinj, Montenegro
Surface: Clay (outdoors)

Format

18 nations will compete across two different venues, with 10 nations taking part in Helsinki, Finland and 8 nations taking part in Ulcinj, Montenegro)

Round-robin basis.

In each location teams will compete across two pools; two pools of 5 teams in Helsinki, and two pools of 4 teams in Ulcinj (Pools A & B respectively).

In each location the winners of each pool will play-off to determine which nation will advance (under the current format) to Europe/Africa Zone Group II in 2020.

Two promoted - one from each of Event A & B - under the current format.

Teams (Event A)
Algeria: Amira Benaissa, Yassamine Boudjadi, Ines Bekrar, Lynda Benkaddour, Bochra Rehab Mebarki
Cameroon: Linda Claire Eloundou Nga, Manuella Peguy Eloundou Nga, Adele Diana Biba, Agnes Ornella Biba, Venus Mirande Ngone Hagal, Younelle Nelly Menou Takou
Congo: Victoire Mfoumouangana, Gloire Mfoumouangana, Anabel Ossombi
Cyprus: Raluca Georgiana Serban, Eleni Louka, Florentia Hadjigeorgiou, Maria Constantinou
Finland: Anastasia Kulikova, Mia Nicole Eklund, Oona Orpana, Laura Hietaranta
Iceland: Anna Soffia Gronholm, Iris Staub, Selma Oskarsdottir, Ingibjorg Hjartardottir
Kosovo: Arlinda Rushiti, Donika Bashota, Vesa Gjinaj, Blearta Ukehaxhaj
Lithuania: Joana Eidukonyte, Iveta Daujotaite, Klaudija Bubelyte
Malta: Elaine Genovese, Francesca Curmi, Krysta Dimech, Brenda Galea, Maria Giorgia Farrugia Sacco
North Macedonia: Lina Gjorcheska, Magdalena Stoilkovska, Ana Ristevska, Aleksandra Simeva, Jana Tanevska

Teams (Event B)
Armenia: Gabriella Akopyan, Irena Muradyan, Yeva Avetisyan, Evelina Martirosyan
Egypt: Sandra Samir, Lamis Alhussein Abdel Aziz, Maiar Sherif, Rana Sherif Ahmed, Ola Abou Zekry
Ireland: Sinead Lohan, Juliana Carton, Rachael Dillon, Jane Fennelly, Shauna Heffernan, Aisling O'Connor
Kenya: Judith Muraa, Faith Nyabera Omurunga, Alicia Owegi, Roselida Asumwa
Montenegro: Danka Kovinic, Ana Veselinovic, Vladica Babic, Anja Draskovic, Divna Ratkovic
Morocco: Rita Atik, Lina Qostal, Hind Semlali
Norway: Ulrikke Eikeri, Melanie Stokke, Malene Helgo, Astrid Wanja Brune Olsen
Uganda: Judith Nalukwago, Winnie Birungi, Patience Athieno, Sandra Khissa, Lia Mosimann
 

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Serban and Kulikova's first Fed Cup after switching nationalities. Cyprus gets a huge benefit there.

DRC making it's Fed Cup debut here. Their team compromises of the Mfoumouangana sisters who represent France, and Anabel Ossombi who represents Ukraine.
 

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So it seems that it's not the Democratic Republic of Congo, but instead it is the Republic of Congo.

The last time they played in FC was 1992.
 

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I wonder why Nigeria once again is not playing. :shrug:
 

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I wonder why Nigeria once again is not playing. :shrug:
Yeah Nigeria have many girls who could put up a decentish team.

Burundi could field up a decent team in the future too with Nahimana and Niyonkuru.

Wish Zimbabwe fielded a team too, as they have Bhunu who could win a few matches for them.
 

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Helsinki

Group A: Lithuania, Finland, Malta, Iceland
Group B: Cyprus, North Macedonia, Algeria, Congo, Kosovo
 

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Yes, sad that many African countries don't play/withdrew :sad:

Nigeria
Mozambique
Namibia (the sudden death of Suzelle Davin was so sad)
Zimbabwe (I miss Cara Black)
Madagascar
Cameroon (Serena's ancestors are from there)
Uganda
 

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DRC making it's Fed Cup debut here. Their team compromises of the Mfoumouangana sisters who represent France, and Anabel Ossombi who represents Ukraine.
So it seems that it's not the Democratic Republic of Congo, but instead it is the Republic of Congo.

The last time they played in FC was 1992.
There are 2 Congo countries ! :eek:
I never realized that before :lol:
 

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There are 2 Congo countries ! :eek:
I never realized that before :lol:
Yes. Both countries are named after the Congo river and pretty much share the same capital city which is just separated by the river.

Democratic Republic of Congo was colonised by the Belgian, while the Republic of Congo was colonised by the French.
 

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Ouch, total of 13 points won by the two Maltese girls today in the singles matches :tape: :sobbing:

Poor Malta, they could have been really competitive if Pellicano, Curmi and Genovese played..
 

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