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2019 AFCON: Egypt Ready To Host, Says Rida, EFA Boss

The Egypt Football Association (EFA) says they are ready to bid for the hosting right of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) had ruled themselves out of the hosting right after CAF stripped Cameroon of the hosting right due to lack of preparations and Egypt who were among the countries likely to bid for the tournament pulled out.

This latest development follows a meeting between EFA president Hany Abo Rida and his Confederation of African Football (Caf) counterpart Ahmad.

“We’re preparing a file to send to Caf and we’re waiting for formal approval from the government,” EFA’s Ahmed Megahed told reporters.

Megahed said Egypt is better placed than anyone else on the continent to host the tournament next June.

“We have good facilities (and) none of the other African countries can be ready in this short time,” he explained.

“We have stadiums in Cairo, Alexandria, Suez, Port Said.”

On Wednesday, Morocco’s government announced that it will not formally bid to host the finals.

Interested parties have until 2200 GMT on Friday to make an official bid for the 2019 tournament which will be the first to feature 24 teams, rather than 16, and be held in June/July, as opposed to its traditional January/February

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