South Africa, Egypt bid to host 2019 Afcon

Cameroon was stripped of their right to hold the Afcon 2019 at the end of November. The announcement came after a Caf Executive Committee meeting in Accra where the decision was made.

The decision from CAF was made due to the fact that preparations for the event were behind schedule and because of security concerns.  Cameroon edged out Ivory Coast and Algeria in their bid to host the Afcon 2019.

The upcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will be the biggest tournament to date. The tournament will for the first time feature 24 teams instead of the usual 16 team format.

Although other countries including Ghana had shown their intention to bid for the Afcon 2019, it was only Egypt and South Africa that put their hands up to be the replacement host for Cameroon. Both countries have hosted the event twice in the past.

Egypt hosted the tournament in 1986 and 2006 and South Africa hosted the event in 1996 where they won the title and as replacement host for Libya in 2013. South Africa also hosted the first ever Football World Cup on African soil in 2010.

The two countries also boast the much-needed infrastructure and stadiums to host the event. Although other countries also indicated their intention to bid to host the 2019 event, it was only South Africa and Egypt that formally submitted their bid to be the host country.

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Our boys are currently second in their group in Group F and have one more game to play against Kenya on the 22nd of March 2019. You can make your predictions on the Afcon 2019 or place a bet on the Black Stars at Betway now available in Ghana. CAF will hold a meeting in Dakar, Senegal on January 9, 2019 to decide which one of the two countries will be awarded the right to host of the Afcon 2019 tournament.

 

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