AFCON 2019: Egypt Beats South Africa To Hosting Right
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has settled for Egypt to host the 2019 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations.
The North Africans who last hosted the continental showpiece in 2006 beat South Africa to emerge as the new host after vote were held at an Executive Committee meeting on Tuesday.
Original host nation Cameroon was stripped of staging the tournament in November because of slow preparations.
Egypt, which will host the tournament for a fifth time, has just six months to prepare for the expanded 24-team finals, which kick off in June.
The Pharaohs are the most successful team as far as the AFCON tournament is concerned with seven titles to their name and they won the last time they hosted the 2006 AFCON.
CAF has since offered Cameroon the chance to stage the finals in two years' time, which has meant that the original hosts for both the 2021 and 2023 finals have been asked to delay their tournaments.
CAF had originally planned to name the new hosts on Wednesday 9 January.
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