President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi held a meeting with Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli and Minister of Youth and Sports to follow up the government preparations to host the African Cup of Nations (AFCON-2019) scheduled for June 2019، Ambassador Bassam Rady، official spokesman for the presidency said Wednesday. At the outset of the meeting، Al-Sisi pointed out that the meeting aims to reach full coordination among all concerned bodies in the country on all arrangements before the launch of the 2019 African Cup of Nations; especially that it coincides with Egypt’s presidency over the African Union.
Al-Sisi added that such tournament، in general، is an opportunity for various governorates to develop the areas located on the vicinity of stadiums، stressing the need to work together as a team to achieve the best-desired results.
On 8 January، Egypt was granted hosting rights of the Nations Cup after winning a majority of votes of the executive committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Egypt obtained 16 out of 18 votes، with only one vote going to sole rival South Africa، while the remaining voting country abstained.
The Nations Cup is scheduled to take place from 21 June to 13 July.
Egypt has hosted four editions of the Nations Cup in 1959، 1974، 1986 and 2006.
The Pharaohs won the last of their record seven titles in 2010.
This year’s edition has seen major changes، with the tournament expanded to 24 teams up from 16، and moved to a summer schedule instead of its former January-February calendar.