Egypt will host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, announced by the African Football Confederation( Caf).
Egypt beat South Africa, the only other nation to bid, with 16 votes to one abstaining in a vote in the Senegal Caf Executive Committee.
In November, the original host nation Cameroon was stripped of its tasks due to slow preparations.
Egypt is only five months away from preparing for the expanded 24-team finals in June.
It will be the fifth time that Egypt won the tournament the last time it hosted the tournament in 2006.
” I want to thank the Executive Committee( Caf) for the trust and I thank the Government for that support,” said Hany Abu Rida, President of the Egyptian FA( EFA).
” We organized the tournament in 2006 and we are ready for this honor against a challenge to make it better and better.”
” The government guarantee helped us win against South Africa and it will help us make a good tournament,” added Ahmed Shobair, Egypt’s FA Vice President.
” The fans are back in the stadiums, which I promise will be full in the tournament.”
Egypt will host five different cities during the tournament: Alexandria, Ismailia, Port Said, Suez and the Cairo capital.
On Wednesday, 9 January, Caf originally planned to name the new hosts.
Since Cameroon was stripped of the event this year, Caf has given the country the opportunity to host the finals within two years, which meant that the original hosts for both the 2021 and 2023 finals were asked to delay their tournaments.
Ivory Coast, which was set to host 2021, protested at the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the decision.
The football federation in Guinea announced on Monday that it agreed to move its organization of the Cup of Nations from 2023 to 2025.
The announcement on Tuesday took place in Dakar, the capital of Senegal, which will host Caf’s annual awards ceremony later in the day.
Egypt’s Mohamed Salah seeks to retain his title as he takes over the African Player of the Year award from Gabon ‘s Pierre- Emerick Aubameyang and Senegal’s Sadio Mane.