Egypt has been selected to host of the 2019 edition of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) between June 15 and July 13, the Confederation of African Football President Ahmad Ahmad has announced.
The Pharaohs have been picked ahead of South Africa.
Egypt received 16 votes from the executive committee while South Africa got one vote.
As such, Egypt replaces Cameroon after the central African country was stripped of hosting rights due to a lack of adequate stadium infrastructure and pressing insecurity issues.
This is the 5th time, Egypt has hosted the continent’s biggest soccer event.
AFCON 2019 will be the first edition to be played with 24 teams—an increase from 16 in the last edition.