South Africa has lost the Africa cup of Nation hosting race to Egypt. South Africa and Egypt submitted bids to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) after Cameroon was stripped hosting rights by the CAF governing body due to their delays for preparations for the tournament.
SA was however, seen as a potential replacement for Cameroon. South African Football Association (SAFA) President, Danny Jordaan told SAFA AGM that on the 2 December that CAF approached the Association and asked SAFA to seriously consider hosting the AFCON 2019. This led to the country stepping in as a late host.
Egypt’s bid was announced by its Football Association and took many by surprise. The country was not considered a contender.
The tournament is to be hosted in 5 months – the 2019 AFCON is the first to be increased from 16 to 24 teams. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) confirmed Egypt’s triumph after their meeting, today in Dakar, Senegal.
By: Kgothatso Nkanyane