Confederation of African Football [CAF] has confirmed that Egypt will replace Cameroon as the hosts of the 2019 edition of the African Cup of Nations [AFCON] scheduled to hold from June.
In a tweet from their official handle @CAF_Online, the African football governing body announced that Egypt will host the 2019 edition of the continental football festival.
Breaking: Egypt @EFA will host the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations
— CAF (@CAF_Online) January 8, 2019
Cameroon was stripped of the hosting rights for the tournament after CAF could not be satisfied with the state of the host cities with only months to the kickoff.
Morocco, South Africa and Egypt were quickly shortlisted as possible replacements but with Morocco pulling out weeks later, CAF were left with a choice of either Egypt or South Africa.
It is understood that voters opted for Egypt as South Africa has always been a fall back plan for CAF in recent years and there is a need to relieve them of the burden of always hosting Africa when a possible host fails to live up to expectation.
Egypt are the record winners, having won the trophy nine times and will be have just about six months to prepare for the expanded version which will see 24 teams jostle for the trophy.