Ahmed Ahmed, The Confederation of African Football (CAF) President has announced Egypt as the host of the 2019 African Nations Cup tournament.
According to BBC Sport, the tournament is set to run between 15 June and 13 July and will feature 24 teams for the first time in its history.
The North African nation will host the competition for the fourth time and the first since 2006.
This announcement is coming after officials voted Egypt ahead of South Africa to become the host at a meeting which held in Dakar on Tuesday.
The CAF also announced that the initial host nation Cameroon who was stripped of the tournament last month over concerns at the slow pace of preparations for the event will be offered the chance to stage the finals in two years’ time.
Appreciating CAF for choosing them, Egypt FA (EFA) president Hany Abu Rida said;
“I want to thank the (Caf) Executive Committee for the trust, and I thank the government for this support,”
“We organised the tournament on 2006 and that make us against a challenge to make better and better, we are ready for this honour.”
“The guarantee from government helped us to win against South Africa and that will help us to make a good tournament,” added Ahmed Shobair, vice-president of Egypt’s FA.
“The fans will be back again in the stadiums, which will be full in the tournament I promise.”