Egypt To Host The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations After Cameroon Was Stripped of Staging Duties

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Egypt Set to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nation. Caf executive committee vote and made the decision in Dakar, Senegal earlier this week.

Original host nation Cameroon was stripped of staging duties in November because of slow preparations. This new decision leave Egypt just five months to prepare for the expanded 24-team finals, which kick off in June.

This if successful will make it the fifth time Egypt, which won the tournament when it last hosted in 2006, has staged the tournament.

“I want to thank the (Caf) Executive Committee for the trust, and I thank the government for this support,” said Egypt FA (EFA) president Hany Abu Rida.

“We organised the tournament on 2006 and that make us against a challenge to make better and better, we are ready for this honour.”

Egypt will use eight stadiums during the tournament, hosting in five different cities: Alexandria, Ismailia, Port Said, Suez and the capital Cairo.

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Caf had originally planned to name the new hosts on Wednesday 9 January.

Since stripping Cameroon of this year’s event, Caf has offered the country 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.

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

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