CAF Grants Egypt the Hosting of the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations

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The CAF (Confederation of African Football) Executive Committee at its extraordinary meeting on Tuesday, 8 January 2019, in Dakar, Senegal decided to grant Egypt the hosting of the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) scheduled from 15 June to 13 July 2019, after analyzing the two bids in terms of compliance with the required conditions to host an AFCON.

CAF announced that it would like to thank South Africa and remains grateful to the two bidders, following the call for applications for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations announced on 5 December 2019 and closed on 14 December 2019 to all member associations.

CAF said that it is convinced that Egypt will take up the challenge of hosting successfully again as for the four previous editions (1959, 1974, 1986, 2006).

The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, known as the Total 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, is scheduled to be the 32nd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the biennial international men’s football championship of Africa organized by the CAF. The competition will be held from 21 June to 19 July 2019, as per the decision of the CAF Executive Committee on 20 July 2017 to move the Africa Cup of Nations from January/February to June/July for the first time. It will also be the first Africa Cup of Nations expanded from 16 to 24 teams.

The tournament was initially scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon. Cameroon would have hosted the competition for the first time since 1972. They were also the title holders after winning the previous edition. On 30 November 2018, Cameroon was stripped of hosting the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations due to infrastructural delays, the Boko Haram insurgency and the Anglophone Crisis. On 8 January 2019, Egypt was chosen by the CAF Executive Committee as the host nation of the competition. The tournament has also been moved from the original dates of 15 June – 13 July to 21 June – 19 July due to the holy month of Ramadan.

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