The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has declared Egypt host of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. This was announced after Egypt won the ticket over South Africa, by 16 to 1 vote.
The predestined location for the 2019 tournament was slated for Cameroon, but rights were stripped of the Nation due to lags in preparations.
Egypt has just six months to prepare for the expanded 24-team finals, which kick off in June.
It will be the fifth time Egypt, which won the tournament when it last hosted in 2006, has staged the tournament.
“I want to thank the (Caf) Executive Committee for the trust, and I thank the government for this support,” said Egypt FA (EFA) president Hany Abu Rida.
“We organised the tournament in 2006 and hopeful we will do better this time. “The guarantee from government helped us to win against South Africa and that will help us to make a good tournament,” added Ahmed Shobair, vice-president of Egypt’s FA.
“The fans will be back again in the stadiums, which will be full in the tournament I promise.”
Egypt will use eight stadiums during the tournament, hosting in five different cities: Alexandria, Ismailia, Port Said, Suez and the capital Cairo.