The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has confirmed that South Africa and Egypt have submitted their formal bids to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).
Cameroon were recently stripped of their rights to host the African tournament after the nation had delays in their preparations, citing construction and concerns about security.
Caf has since confirmed that South Africa and Egypt are the only two nations to have submitted their bids, with the final decision set to be made on 9 January 2019.
A communique from Caf read: ‘Following the statement issued on 6 December 2018 concerning the process to agree on a new host country of the Total Africa Cup of Nations 2019 (Afcon), the Confederation Africaine de Football (Caf) today confirms that:
· Formal applications have been received from the Egyptian and South African football associations to host the Afcon 2019.
· The international consulting firm Roland Berger will now review the bids and seek additional materials and conduct inspection visits where required.
· A Caf Extraordinary Executive Committee Meeting will take place in Dakar, Senegal on 9th January 2019 to agree on the new Afcon 2019 Host Nation. An announcement will be made by Caf after that meeting.
Caf will make further statements when appropriate.’
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