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AFCON 2019: Egypt to host expanded 24-team tournament

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Egypt have been officially announced as the hosts of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) after Cameroon had been stripped of the hosting rights.

This was decided at a meeting by the Executive Committee of the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) in Dakar, Senegal on Tuesday.

​Egypt beat South Africa, the only other nation that showed interest to host the competition, in a vote by executive members of the continental football body.

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It will be a fifth time for the Pharaohs to host, and they ​have just six months to prepare for the expanded 24-team finals, which has been scheduled to kick off in June.

Meanwhile, the Super Eagles of Nigeria have already qualified for the tournament with one game in the qualifiers left.

The Gernot Rohr’s men will host Seychelles in February, and then take on Egypt in a friendly afterwards as preparations for the finals will hit top gear.

 

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