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EGYPT BEAT SOUTH AFRICA TO HOST 2019 AFCON
Pinnick Amaju, Vice President of CAF with Danny Jo
Pinnick Amaju, Vice President of CAF with Danny Jordaan, SAFA President during the 2018 TOTAL African Womens Cup of Nations  ~ BackpagePix

EGYPT will host the 2019 African Nations Cup finals, the Confederation of African Football (Caf) confirmed after a meeting of their executive committee in Dakar on Tuesday. 

Egypt beat South Africa in a straight shoot-out between the only two bidders to replace original hosts Cameroon.

Egypt won the support of Caf executive committee after they voted in favour of the North African nation.

South African Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan and general secretary Russell Paul said prior to the meeting that they believed the executive would vote along political lines rather than for the best candidate on paper.

They will stage the expanded 24-team event in June-July after initial hosts Cameroon were stripped of the tournament last month over concerns at the slow pace of preparations.

The North African nation will host the competition for the fourth time, and the first since 2006, after the announcement was made by CAF president Ahmad at a media briefing in the Senegalese capital.

It will be the first time there will be 24 teams at the tournament and CAF, after several inspection visits over the last two years, said Cameroon would not be ready in time.

Egypt has extensive football facilities, although in recent years attendances at local matches have been restricted because of security concerns following the Arab Spring revolution and Tahrir Square demonstrations in 2011.

The final round of qualifiers for the tournament will be held in March, with 14 nations, including Egypt, having already sealed their place at the finals. 

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