The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced that Egypt will host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Egypt beat South Africa, the only other nation to submit, in a vote held at a CAF Executive Committee meeting.
Original host nation, Cameroon was stripped of staging the tournament in November because of slow preparations.
Egypt, which will host the tournament for a fifth time, has just six months to prepare for the expanded 24-team finals, which kick off in June.
CAF has since offered Cameroon the chance to stage the finals in two years’ time, which has meant that the original hosts for both the 2021 and 2023 finals have been asked to delay their tournaments.
CAF had originally planned to name the new hosts on Wednesday 9 January but changed their decision.
Egypt FA grateful; promises full stadium
“I want to thank the (CAF) Executive Committee for the trust, and I thank the government for this support,” says 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,” adds 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 during the tournament, hosting in five different cities: Alexandria, Ismailia, Port Said, Suez and the capital Cairo.
Tuesday’s announcement took place in the Senegalese capital Dakar, which will host the annual CAF awards ceremony tonight.
The third best player in the world according to FIFA, Egyptian Mohamed Salah is looking to retain his title as he takes on Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Senegal’s Sadio Mane for the African Player of the Year award.
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