S. africa has formally bid to replace Cameroon as hosts of the 2019 The african continent Cup of Nations, an older football official told AFP Thurs.
“ We have submitted our bid files, ” South African Football Organization spokesman Dominic Chimhavi said within reply to emailed questions from AFP.
“ (It) has become up to CAF to decide (who serves the 2019 Cup of Nations). ”
Earlier Thursday night, Egypt said it was willing to phase the biennial African football showpiece after Morocco surprisingly announced it will not bid.
The other agents had been strong a media most liked to host the tournament initially since 1988.
A week ago, Cameroon was stripped of the directly to stage the tournament with Africa football body CAF citing behind-schedule preparations and security concerns.
South Africa last week “ expressed an interest” in workplace set ups the Cup of Nations for your second time in six years, yet stopped short of formally applying to end up being hosts.
It took over from Kenya in 1996, going on to win the particular tournament just four years right after returning to international football from apartheid-induced isolation.
Post-Moamer Kadhafi-era violence prevented Libya hosting the particular 2013 edition and South Africa walked in three years after becoming the very first African country to stage the planet Cup.
Record seven-time champions Egypt were hosts within 1959, 1974, 1986 and 06 and won three of those 4 tournaments.
The 2019 Cup of Nations will be the 1st to feature 24 teams, upward from 16 in Gabon this past year when Cameroon were surprise those who win.
There will also be a big change of dates with the tournament shifting from January/February to June/July to prevent club-versus-country clashes.
Cameroon won in 2017 despite numerous stars, including Liverpool defender Fran Matip, opting to stay with their night clubs in the middle of the season.