Seven-time champions Egypt have gained the hosting rights for the 2019 edition of the African Cup of Nations.
Egypt beat South Africa by 16 votes to one at the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) Executive Committee, which was carried on Tuesday, CNN reported. With just five more months for the event, Egypt has got a small time to plan for an event where a sum of 24 teams will be competing.
In December last year, Cameroon were got off the right to host the 2019 African Nations Cup by the CAF owing to their defeat to meet the “compliance conditions.”
The confederation, in a report, has stated that the choice was taken after getting detailed updates from numerous research visits nearly over 18 months.
An official CAF statement read.“After significant debate and having received detailed updates from numerous inspection visits over nearly 18 months, CAF has noted that a number of compliance conditions have not been met,”
“In addition, after having heard from representatives of the governmental and sports authorities of Cameroon, and reviewed the latest progress on preparations, CAF notes the gap between the requirements of hosting the AFCON and realities on the ground,” further explained the CAF statement.
It is almost for the fifth time that Egypt would be hosting this grand tournament having done that before in 1957, 1974, 1986 and 2006. The African Cup of Nations is set up to be held from June 15 to July 13.