Afcon 2019: Egypt win rights to host continental showpiece

The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournament will be staged in Egypt between June and July, this was confirmed by Caf on Tuesday

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) on Tuesday announced Egypt as the new hosts for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournament. 

Egypt submitted their bid alongside South Africa to host the finals after the rights were taken away from Cameroon late last year. 

According to Caf, Cameroon was not ready to host a successful and expanded 24-team tournament.  

Caf was expected to make an official announcement on Wednesday, but this was brought forward to Tuesday.

Egypt received 16 votes to South Africa’s one, Caf confirmed in a press conference.  

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While South African football fans were divided as to whether or not the country should bid for the tournament, the South African Football Association (Safa) never got the backing from the government which reportedly made it difficult for Caf to accept their bid.

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