Egypt the right choice as late replacement hosts for 2019 African Cup of Nations


It had been a long time waiting, but Egypt on Tuesday finally had their comeback on South Africa for the big result that went against them, back in 2004.

In that year, the Fifa vote for the hosting rights to Africa’s first opportunity to stage a World Cup, the 2010 edition, swung emphatically the way of the continent’s southern tip, with 14 in favour of a bid headed by Nelson Mandela, and no votes for the one supported by, among others, Omar Sharif.

A decade and a half later, the pendulum tilted dramatically. The executives of CAF, the Confederation of African Football, cast 16 votes in favour of Egypt’s hosting the 2019 African Cup of Nations (Afcon). A single delegate chose the rival, South Africa.

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