The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has confirmed that South Africa and Egypt have submitted their bids to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals.
The original hosts of the tournament, Cameroon, were stripped of the hosting rights over unpreparedness in terms of infrastructure and also current security issues, according to the continental football house.
As it stands, South Africa and Egypt have been the only countries seeking the right to host, hence one of the two countries will welcome Africa from 15 June – 13 July 2019.
South Africa has hosted the Afcon finals twice (in 1996 and 2013), while the 1959, 1974, 1986 and 2006 tournaments were staged in Egypt.
In a statement released by Caf, it was also confirmed that the hosts of the tournament will be announced on the 9th of January in Dakar, Senegal.
“Following the statement issued on 6 December 2018 concerning the process to agree on a new host country of the Total Africa Cup of Nations 2019 (AFCON), the Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF) today confirms that:
· Formal applications have been received from the Egyptian and South African football associations to host the AFCON 2019;
· The international consulting firm Roland Berger will now review the bids and seek additional materials and conduct inspection visits where required;
· A CAF Extraordinary Executive Committee Meeting will take place in Dakar, Senegal on 9th January 2019 to agree on the new AFCON 2019 Host Nation. An announcement will be made by CAF after that meeting.
CAF will make further statements when appropriate.”
Meanwhile, the Super Eagles of Nigeria are already qualified for the showpiece with one game to spare in the qualifiers.
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