CAIRO – 13 December 2018: The Egyptian Football Association (EFA), headed by Hany Abu Reida, sent an official letter to the Confederation of African Football (CAF), requesting the organization and hosting of the 2019 African Nations Cup.
“We’ve sent an official letter to the CAF after Morocco’s decision not to bid,” Magdy Abdel Ghany, EFA member said.
“Egypt is capable of hosting the African tournament; but sending the request doesn’t mean that we will host the championship,” Abdel Ghany added.
EFA’s official account on Twitter announced the decision right after Magdy Abdel Ghany’s talks.
According to Egypt Today sources, Egypt will bid for hosting AFCON with six stadiums which will be, Cairo, Air Defense, Borg el-Arab, Suez, Ismailia and Aswan.
Youth and Sports minister, Ashraf Sobhy, earlier assured that Egypt is ready to host the 2019 AFCON but before any decision, EFA shall reach an agreement with CAF.
CAF has announced the withdrawal of the African Nations Cup from Cameroon, because of the lack of preparations including check security, infrastructure, stadiums and accommodation.
CAF will announce the hosting country next January during the CAF Best Player ceremony.
AFCON starts on June 15 and lasts till July 13; it includes 24 teams divided on six groups for the first time in history.
Egypt hosted AFCON four times before in 1957, 1974, 1986 and 2006.