Egypt beats South Africa to internet hosting of AFCON 2019 finals


January eight – Egypt has changed Cameroon as hosts of this summer time’s Africa Cup of Nations, the Confederation of African Soccer (CAF) introduced at this time.

Egypt beat South Africa, the one different nation to bid, by 16 votes to 1 with one abstention at a CAF govt committee vote in Senegal.

Authentic hosts Cameroon have been stripped of host standing in November over preparation delays and safety issues and handed 2021 as an alternative.

Egypt has simply six months to arrange for the expanded 24-team finals, which kick off in June. Will probably be the fifth time Egypt, which received the match when it final hosted in 2006, has staged the match.

“I want to thank the (CAF) Executive Committee for the trust, and I thank the government for this support,” mentioned 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.”

“The guarantee from government helped us to win against South Africa and that will help us to make a good tournament,” added Ahmed Shobair, vice-president of Egypt’s FA. “The fans will be back again in the stadiums, which will be full in the tournament I promise.”

Egypt will use eight stadiums, internet hosting in 5 totally different cities: Alexandria, Ismailia, Port Mentioned, Suez and the capital Cairo.

CAF had initially deliberate to call the brand new hosts on Wednesday and no motive was given for why the choice was introduced ahead.

South Africa had a lot of the mandatory infrastructure after internet hosting the 2010 World Cup and the 2013 version of AFCON whereas Egypt solely expressed its curiosity in internet hosting in the midst of December after Morocco pulled out of the working. However Egypt was being extremely tipped to land the occasion within the build-up to the vote.

June/July can be the South African winter season which may have labored in opposition to their bid with followers doubtlessly shying away from attending matches. Perceived dangerous blood between CAF boss Ahmad Ahmad and South Africa FA president Danny Jordaan may additionally have come into play in keeping with company experiences and native media. Jordaan was lately upset by little-known Walter Nyamilandu of Malawi in a vote for the FIFA Council membership.

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