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Egypt to host 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

AFP  |  Dakar 

will host the 2019 between June 15 and July 13, (CAF) announced in Tuesday.

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

"I am pleased to announce that 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 was not developed." A CAF told AFP that Egypt received 16 votes from the committee, one and there was one abstention.

Ahmad made the announcement just hours after CAF said it would not disclose the winner until Wednesday to allow the media to concentrate on the annual awards ceremony in later Tuesday.

It will be the fifth time Egypt stage the biennial showpiece of African football after 1959, when the country was called the United Arab Republic, 1974, 1986 and 2006.

Egypt only entered the running to host when fellow north African country announced they would not bid to do so.

were the to replace as hosts and Egypt said they "did not want to compete against a fellow Arab nation".

Egypt boast many international-standard venues with the (72,000) and in (87,000) boasting the largest capacities.

Ismailia, and Suez are other possible venues for tournament matches as returns to after a 13-year absence.

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The choice of Egypt will immediately make them favourites to win a record-extending eighth this year.

They won three of the four previous tournaments they hosted, failing only in 1974 when they were beaten by Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) in the semi-finals.

of the current team, attacker Mohamed Salah, is favourite to retain the African of the Year award in

Security and weather will be two challenges facing Egypt in the first Cup of Nations to feature 24 teams, up from 16 in two years ago.

Egypt faces a constant terror threat in the volatile region and the weather during the tournament is expected to be hot and humid.

Djamel Belmadi, of 2019 qualifiers Algeria, said recently that he would prefer to host the tournament because of the cooler weather conditions there.

"It is almost impossible to play (in Egypt) given the heat and humidity," he told the Algerian media.

"The weather conditions in South Africa are more pleasant." Egyptian football responded: "It would be better if Belmadi said he was afraid of the enthusiastic Egyptian supporters."

Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, and have qualified for the 2019 tournament.

The other 10 places will be filled after the final qualifiers between March 18 and 26.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 20:45 IST
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