CAF confirms South Africa, Egypt bids to host 2019 AFCON

DAVID GOMBEĀ 

The Confederation of African football has confirmed that the 2019 AFCON final tournament will take place in either Egypt or South Africa. The two countries were the only ones to announce their candidature before the list closed on Friday.

A statement on the CAF website stated,

“Concerning the process to agree an new host country for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the Confederation of African football conforms that formal applications have been received from the Egyptian and South African football associations to host the 2019 tournament.”

Cameroon who had originally beat Algeria and Ivory coast to host the tournament were stripped of the hosting rights due to delay in construction and question marks on security.

South Africa has previously hosted the event in 1996 when they won and 2013 when they stepped in to replace Libya. South Africa is also the only African nation to host the world cup.

Egypt has also hosted the competition for three time 1986, 2006 when they won it beating Ivory coast on penalties.

Morocco, Ghana and Congo Brazzaville were also interested in hosting the tournament but did not submit in their applications.

The hosting nation will be confirmed on 9th January, 2019 and the tournament is slated to kickoff on 15th June and end on 13th July next year.