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Egypt to host 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

media Mohamed Salah will be one of the poster boys for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

African football chiefs on Tuesday chose Egypt to replace Cameroon as the venue for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. The decision was announced in Dakar following a meeting of the continent's leading administrators at the Confederation of African Football (Caf).

It will be the country's fifth staging of the biennial competition since its inception in 1957.

Cameroon was stripped of the right to host the event last month after Caf executives decided the football grounds and infrastructure were unlikely to be ready for the event which starts on June 15.

Egypt, which has won the title a record seven times, boasts the 72,000 seat Cairo International Stadium and Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria which can house 87,000 spectators.

However security and weather will be two of the main challenges facing Egypt in the first Cup of Nations to feature 24 teams.

Egypt faces a constant terror threat and the weather during the tournament is expected to be hot and humid.

Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea, Cote D'Ivoire, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia and Uganda have qualified for the tournament.
The other 10 places will be filled after the final round of qualifiers on 18 and 26 March.

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