South Africa lose out on right to host 2019 AFCON spectacle

Dakar – Egypt will host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations between June 15 and July 13, Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Ahmad Ahmad announced in Dakar on Tuesday.   

The CAF executive committee preferred Egypt to South Africa as replacements for original hosts Cameroon, who were dropped due to delays in preparations and concerns over security.

“I am pleased to announce that Egypt will host CAN (Cup of Nations) 2019,” Malagasy Ahmad told reporters.

“I want to thank the two countries – they came to the rescue of the CAF when we saw that the evolution of the work in Cameroon was not developed.”

A CAF official told AFP that Egypt received 16 votes from the executive committee, South Africa one and there was one abstention. 

Ahmad made the announcement just hours after CAF said it…

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