The Confederation of African Football (Caf) on Tuesday announced Egypt as the new hosts for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
Egypt will replace Cameroon as the host of this year’s Africa Cup of Nations finals, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced.
Egypt were awarded the rights to host this year’s tournament during a meeting of the CAF executive committee in Dakar on Tuesday.
South Africa was the only other country to put forward their candidacy to replace Cameroon, which was stripped of hosting rights late last year. After several visits in which red flags were continually raised over the central African nation’s readiness to host the June 15 to July 13 tournament, CAF announced in December that it would take the tournament elsewhere.
Perhaps anticipating that CAF would find its infrastructure inadequate, Cameroon entered the qualifying process for the 2019 Afcon despite automatically qualifying as hosts.
The Indomitable Lions, managed by the former Real Madrid and Netherlands midfielder Clarence Seedorf, are currently second in qualifying Group B with one round of matches left to play. Only the top two in each group will qualify.
Egypt only entered the running to host the tournament when fellow north African country Morocco announced they would not bid to do so.
This will be the fourth time Egypt has hosted the continental championship and first since 2006, when they beat Ivory Coast on penalties in the final.
It will be the first time the tournament has been expanded to 24 teams.
Egyptian football has been on the up in recent years.
The country qualified for a first World Cup in 28 years last summer, although they were eliminated at the group phase in Russia.