CAIRO – 5 June 2019: CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad, praises the Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and the Egyptian government for their efforts to make 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt a successful one.
Ahmad’s speech came during the CAF Emergency Executive Committee held on Tuesday.
The AFCON starts on June 21 and ends on July 19. The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.
Egypt plays in Group A alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
Egypt won the rights to host the tournament after being selected over South Africa.
The 2019 African Cup of Nations was initially scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon. However, Cameroon was stripped of hosting the tournament for serious delays in preparations.
Egypt is the most successful nation in the history of the competition as Egypt has won a record of seven titles including three in a row between 2006 and 2010.