After its meeting in Dakar, CAF said Egypt had been voted as the first host of a 24- nation AFCON, for which Nigeria had already qualified with a match to spare in the qualification series. Egypt got 16 votes, with only one for South Africa, the other candidate.
Egypt hosted the AFCON in 1959, and also in 1986 and 2006. The country won the 1986 Final against Cameroon after penalty shoot –out, and also won the 2006 Final on penalties against Cote d’Ivoire.
CAF had officially stripped Cameroon off their hosting rights for the continental showpiece, which will be played in June 2019, back in November after they failed to fulfill the necessary organizational requirements.
The slow progress in Cameroon’s preparations saw the African football ruling body take action against the original hosts.
Meanwhile, Cameroon is however, set to be given another chance to stage the finals in two years’ time, before the event moves on to Ivory Coast in 2023 (the original 2021 hosts) and Guinea in 2025.
The Ivorians had protested against the decision to delay their event, with that appeal being taken to the Court of Arbitration for Sports.
For now, though, an expanded 24-team field will battle for continental supremacy in Egypt this summer.
The decision was taken ahead of CAF’s annual awards ceremony in the Senegalese capital of Dakar, yesterday.
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Originally Authored By: dickson