Egypt to host AFCON 2019

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Egypt will host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Confederation of African Football announced the North African country as the new host of the June tournament on Tuesday in Senegal. 

CAF in November stripped Cameroon of the rights to host the continental competition, citing unpreparedness and insecurity.

Egypt and South Africa then made bids to take up the competition, pledging ready facilities. 

On Tuesday, CAF held a vote to determine the new host, and Egypt won by 16 votes to South Africa’s one. 

Reports indicate South Africa lost the bid because of reservations over its ability to attract crowds to attends the games. 

The June competition will be the first with an expanded number of teams, as 24 teams will participate, upon from 16 previously. 

It is also the first time that the AFCON showdown will be held in June-July, from January-February previously.