Egypt beat South Africa to AFCON 2019 hosting

The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will be staged in Egypt, the Confederation of African Football confirmed on Tuesday.

The competition will hold between June and July in different Egyptian cities.

Egypt and South Africa submitted bids to host the finals after the rights were withdrawn from Cameroon in December.

CAF was expected to make an official announcement for a new host on Wednesday, but the decision was brought forward to Tuesday. A member of the CAF Media Team told the change became necessary because of the travelling schedules of the members.

“They have to leave Senegal on Wednesday,” he said.

Egypt received 16 votes to South Africa’s one. 

Both Egypt and South Africa have extensive football facilities to host the tournament but reports suggest that there were reservations expressed about low South African attendance even for big games. The well advertised South Africa/Nigeria match recently easily comes to mind.

It was also learnt that the South African Football Association could not secure the backing of the government which reportedly made it difficult for CAF to accept their bid.