Seven-time African champions Egypt will host the 2019 African Cup of Nations finals, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Ahmad Ahmad announced on Tuesday in Senegal’s capital Dakar
The biennial continent competition to which Uganda already qualified will be played between June 15 and July 13 this year.
The CAF executive committee chose the North African giants as hosts over South Africa as substitutes for original hosts Cameroon, who were dropped due to delays in preparations for the competition and major concerns over security.
This will be the fifth time Egypt host the tournament with the first being in 1959 when the country was called the United Arab Republic and then 1974, 1986 and 2006.
Although many fingers had pointed to Morocco as the most probable replacements for Cameroon, Egypt entered the race to host the African showpiece after Morocco announced that they would not bid to do so.
The 2017 AFCON losing finalists boast of many international-standard venues with the biggest being the 87,000-seater Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria and Cairo International Stadium (72,000).
They won three of the four previous tournaments they hosted, failing only in 1974 when they lost to Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) in the semi-finals.