Egypt has been named as the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced.
According to a statement via CAF’s official Twitter handle on Tuesday, January 8, announced Egypt will now replace Cameroon as the new hosts for the 24-nation tournament.
Two countries, Egypt and South Africa were the only countries that signified their intention through a bid, with CAF executive committee members deciding the winner through a voting process.
Egypt beat South Africa, the only other nation to bid, by 16 votes to one with one abstention at a CAF executive committee vote in Senegal.
Original host nation Cameroon was stripped of staging duties in November because of slow preparations.
Egypt has just six months to prepare for the expanded 24-team finals, which kick off in June.
It will be the fifth time Egypt, which won the tournament when it last hosted in 2006, has staged the tournament.
CAF has since offered Cameroon the chance to stage the finals in two years’ time, which has meant that the original hosts for both the 2021 and 2023 finals have been asked to delay their tournaments.
Caf had originally planned to name the new hosts on Wednesday 9 January.
Ivory Coast, which was set to host the 2021, has protested against the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Guinea’s football federation announced on Monday that it has agreed to move its staging of the Nations Cup from 2023 to 2025.
Tuesday’s announcement took place in the Senegalese capital Dakar, which will host Caf’s annual awards ceremony later in the day.
Egypt’s Mohamed Salah is looking to retain his title as he takes on Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Senegal’s Sadio Mane for the African Player of the Year award.