OFFICIAL: Egypt to Host 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced Egypt as the new hosts of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Egypt beat South Africa to the hosting rights after CAF held a vote at an executive committee meeting.

Cameroon, originally scheduled to host the tournament was stripped of the rights in November due to slow preparations.

This is the fifth time Egypt, who are joint most winners of the tournament with Cameroun, will be hosting the rest of the continent at Africa’s biggest football fiesta.

The North African nation has just six months to prepare for the expanded 24-team finals which is billed for June 2019.

Cameroon has been offered the chance to stage the finals in two years’ time, which means that the original hosts for both the 2021 and 2023 finals have been asked to delay their tournaments.

Ivory Coast, which was set to host the 2021, has protested against the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

However, Guinea’s football federation has agreed announced to move its staging of the Nations Cup from 2023 to 2025 following a statement made public on Monday.

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