The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has named Egypt as the host of the 2019 AFCON tournament to be played in June/July 2019.

This was made known by CAF president Ahmad Ahmad in Dakar on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

Ahmad made this known few hours after CAF said it would not do so until Wednesday so that the media could concentrate on the annual awards ceremony in Dakar later Tuesday.

It was, however, gathered that the CAF executive committee preferred Egypt to South Africa as replacements for original hosts Cameroon who were dropped due to delays in preparations and concerns over security.

This will be the fifth time Egypt stage the biennial showpiece of African football after 1959 when the country was called the United Arab Republic, 1974, 1986 and 2006.

Egypt only entered the running to host the Cup of Nations when fellow north African country Morocco announced they would not bid to do so.

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