The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has selected Egypt as the hosts of the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) which would commence on June 15.
The decision was concluded after their executive meeting Dakar, Senegal during the early on Tuesday, January 8.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced Cameroon as the initial host but the Central African country was stripped of hosting the biennial event due to delays in preparing for the continental showpiece.
Alarm bells were sounded over the 2019 event at a September 2018 executive committee meeting in Egyptian resort Sharm el-Sheikh when CAF noted “a significant delay in the realisation of the infrastructures” necessary for holding the AFCON in Cameroon.
South Africa and Egypt were the only two major nations to compete for the hosting right of the tournament. The competition would kick off in five months time after Cameroon were discarded as the hosts last year.
It has been officially confirmed by CAF executive that Egypt would replace Cameroon as the 2019 African Cup of Nations host. A North African media outlet has predicted Egypt as the host prior to the general announcement this morning.
Following CAF’s decision to strip the hosting rights from Cameroon because of delays in infrastructure and security concerns, Egypt and South Africa bid to step in as late hosts.
From the outset, the North Africans bid was more coherent and had government approval while South Africa’s lacked the guarantees needed to reassure the organizers.
This year’s tournament will be unique because the competition has been expanded to 24 nations and has moved from the usual January slot to June.
Egypt last hosted the Afcon in 2006.