Egypt wins rights to host continental showpiece

Photo: REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

By Tumelo Sefatsa

CAF has named Egypt as the host of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. South Africa and Egypt were the only two nations to submit bids for the tournament which is only five months away from kicking off following the exit of Cameroon late last year.

On Tuesday, CAF executive committee revealed Egypt as the nation to replace Cameroon as 2019 Afcon hosts.

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.

Egypt last hosted the Afcon in 2006 - for South Africa it was 2013 - they’ve hosted on four occasions in total compared to South Africa’s two.

While South Africa may have lost the bid, Banyana Banyana star Thembi Kgatlana and coach Desiree Ellis are up for awards this evening at the annual CAF awards.

From the outset, the North Africans bid was more coherent and had government approval while South Africa’s lacked the guarantees, the Egyptians desire to host African football's showpiece event was evident.
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