Egypt chosen to replace Cameroon as African Cup host

Egypt will replace Cameroon as the host of this year’s African Cup of Nations soccer tournament, giving Mohamed Salah a chance to shine on his home stage.

Salah will undoubtedly be the face of the tournament in June and July, but Egypt’s organizers face a tough task to get ready with kickoff only five months away. Deepening the challenge for the stand-in host country, this will be the first African championship to be increased from 16 to 24 teams.

The tournament also arrives in Egypt at a time of political unease after years of turmoil following a revolution and the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Egypt’s streets have been marred by deadly violence in the years since and it has sometimes spilled over onto the soccer field.

In 2012, more than 70 fans were killed…

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