Egypt has been confirmed as the host nation of the 2019 summer African Cup of Nations after the decision was made in a CAF executive committee meeting in Dakar, Senegal.
They will replace Cameroon after they were stripped of their hosting rights in November 2018.
Now we know that the land of the Pharaohs will be playing host to us, where exactly will the lovers of African Football be heading to this summer when the games begin? Here is an insight into the host cities selected and their venues where the game will be played.
The Egyptian bid presented 5 fine cities with 7 amazing stadiums. Alexandria, Port Said, Suez, Ismaili and the capital, Cairo will be ready says the Local organising committee.
Cairo, one of the most historic and developed African cities and capital of the host nation, Egypt will host most of the tournament as they present 2 stadiums which are the Cairo International Stadium and Al Salam Stadium. Aside from the venues for the games, Cairo can boast of first-class living with perfect transport networks and world-class hotels. One can spend little and enjoy big. Shopping malls, markets, public parks and museums are places to excite travels during the summer in the Egyptian capital.
The Mediterranean city of Alexandria is the second largest city of Egypt and has been a permanent co-host to sports events alongside Cairo.
It hosted the AFCON tournament in 2006, both Alexandria Stadium and Haras El Hodoud Stadium are highly expected to host the games this year as well.
The city of Port Said will also play host this summer. This tournament will bring back emotions of football lovers in this city as they would obviously remember the Port Said Massacre which happened in 2012. The historic Port Said Stadium which is the host of the AL Masry team will be revived when the African cup comes there.
Seuz is one of the world’s popular tourist destinations in Egypt after the other two big cities. The Suez canal and other attractions never seize to amaze visitors whenever they visit the city. But this will be the first time that the city is hosting an international tournament. The Suez Stadium which has a capacity of 27,000 will see Africa’s finest grace its grass. Certainly historic of the city.
Ismailia completes the list of cities that have been selected to welcome the whole of Africa come this summer. The city of Arts and football will prove to the world why it has that accolade. The 18,000 capacity Ismailia Stadium will be opened for Africa’s biggest footballing showpiece.
The concern of security will continue to dominate headlines since travelling fans will hope to be secure when they visit to support their teams. But the Egyptian Officials have assured that they support of the Egyptian government will enable them to host a safe and secure tournament and will even prove with this tournament how safe the Mediterranean country is.
We can’t wait for the games to begin. AFCON 2019.