CAIRO – January 8, 2019. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced today, Tuesday January 8 2019, that Egypt will host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON 2019.
In the evening before the day of the announcement, the Egyptian delegation, led by Hani Abo Rida, president of the Football Association, arrived in Dakar, the capital of Senegal, to attend a meeting of the CAF Executive Committee.
The Egyptian presentation team consists of Mohamed Kamel, Presentation CEO, Ahmed Megahed, Karam Kordi and Magdi Abel Gani.
As soon as the delegation arrived, its members met members of the Executive Committee to convince them to vote for Egypt for the AFCON 2019. The Presentation team showed an advertising video in support of Egypt’s application for the right to host the tournament, and it was launched in three different languages except Arabic.
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Cameroon stripped of AFCON 2019 hosting
The African Championships are settled between June 15 and July 13. And with just over half a year before the tournament, (CAF) decided to make a change in hosting.
Originally, the AFCON 2019 was planned to be held in Cameroon. But after a meeting that supposedly lasted over ten hours in Ghana in November 2018, it was established that Cameroon can no longer arrange the AFCON 2019. Reasons being serious delays in the preparations and that security in the country cannot be guaranteed.
Close competition with South Africa
When it was decided that Cameroon was stripped as host, both Egypt and South Africa showed interest in hosting AFCON 2019. They are clearly good candidates both of them with infrastructure already in place when it was decided there are plenty of opportunities for a football tournament, but reports say doubts were expressed about the low participation in South Africa.
In recent years, participation in football matches in South African arenas has decreased, including Bafan Bafan matches, which could affect the country hosting a successful tournament.
Although South African football fans were divided on whether the country would qualify for the tournament, the South African Football Association (SAFA) did not receive government support, which CAF reportedly made it difficult for them to accept the SA application.
Nigeria AFCON 2019
Egypt, which won the Africa Cup of Nations Trophy seven times, will host the tournament for the fifth time in its history. In 1957, 1974, 1986 and 2006, the tournament was held in Egypt, but they could not win the title until 1974. The last time they hosted the tournament was in 2006, when they also made it to the finals. The tournament has been expanded from 16 to 24 teams. It is the first time it is decided for summer.
For Nigeria and the Super Eagles, who lifted the Cup in 2013, the AFCON 2019 will be their first showing on the big stage since they won the Cup. Nigeria has not qualified for the tournament since they won in 2013 and crashed out in both 2015 and 2017 qualifiers. But this time the team feels really strong and they finished first in their group in front of strong contenders in South Africa (Q) and Libya.
With John Mikel Obi as captain of the team chances are looking better for the Super Eagles in many years. In 2018 the team participated in the World Cup and came really close of making it to the playoffs, but unfortunately lost the decider game against Argentina. However, team looked really strong and we hope for the best of the Super Eagles in AFCON 2019.
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