When Cameroon was stripped of the rights to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), we were seriously hoping South Africa would step in as the new hosts. But that won’t be happening, as CAF just announced that Egypt will be hosting this year’s tournament.
مصر حصلت على 16 صوتًا ، مقابل صوت واحد فقط لصالح جنوب إفريقيا، وامتناع اتحاد واحد عن التصويت pic.twitter.com/zFSgE55uYZ— EFA.eg (@EFA) January 8, 2019
The announcement was made in Dakar, ahead of the 2018 CAF Awards, and we can only imagine what a relief it must be to finally have a host. It’s been one hell of a ride since it was concluded that Cameroon wouldn’t be ready in time to host the tournament this year.
CAF reached out to South Africa to host the tournament, considering it remains the only African country ever to host the FIFA World Cup. From there, we saw the emergence of strong interest from Egypt, leading to their submission of an official bid.
The most successful country in the AFCON, this will be the fifth time the country will host the tournament after hosting the 1959, 1974, 1986 and 2006 editions. As we get ready for the tournament’s kickoff in June, Cameroon is putting things in place to host the 2021 edition.