Egypt will host 2019 Africa Cup of Na­tions

French com­pany spon­sor­ing tour­na­ment said Egypt most suit­able coun­try to host com­pe­ti­tion in terms of sta­di­ums, se­cu­rity, ac­com­mo­da­tion

The Daily News Egypt - - Front Page - By Alaa Mostafa

Egypt has been named the host of the 2019 Africa Cup of Na­tions (CAN 2019) be­tween 15 June and 13 July, an­nounced the Con­fed­er­a­tion of African Foot­ball (CAF) on Tues­day.

Egypt over­came the other bid by South Africa with 16 votes to one with one ab­sten­tion at a CAF ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee vote in Sene­gal.The French com­pany spon­sor­ing the tour­na­ment said Egypt is the most suit­able coun­try to host the com­pe­ti­tion in terms of sta­di­ums, se­cu­rity, and ac­com­mo­da­tion.

When Egypt hosts the tour­na­ment, its chances of win­ning the ti­tle usu­ally in­crease. Egypt has pre­vi­ously or­gan­ised the tour­na­ment five times, one of them as the Unit­edArab Repub­lic (UAR). The Pharaohs won three times out of five.

First tour­na­ment in 1959

The 1959 edi­tion of the CAN kicked off on 22 May with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of three coun­tries: the UAR, Su­dan, and Ethiopia. It was the sec­ond edi­tion of the con­ti­nen­tal tour­na­ment.The same teams par­tic­i­pated in the first tour­na­ment held in Su­dan and was won by Egypt.

The tour­na­ment was com­posed of one group.The UAR played Ethiopia in the open­ing game and won 4-0. Mah­moud El-Go­hary scored three goals, and Mimi El-Sheribny scored one.

In the sec­ond game, Su­dan de­feated Ethiopia 1-0.The fi­nal game was be­tween the UAR and Su­dan.It ended 2-0 in favour of the UAR.El-Go­hary was awarded the tour­na­ment top scorer award.

1986 edi­tion: weak be­gin­ning and dif­fi­cult win

Egypt, Se ne gal,Côt ed’ Ivoi re, and Mozam­bique were in the first group of the third tour­na­ment or­gan­ised by Egypt, while the sec­ond group in­cluded Morocco,Al­ge­ria, Zam­bia, and Cameroon.

The Pharaohs lost its first game 0-1 to Sene­gal be­fore 100,000 fans. In the sec­ond game,the Pharaohs beat Côte d’Ivoire with two goals by Shawky Gharib and Ga­mal Ab­del Hamid.

In the third game, Ta her Abouz id helped the Pharaohs to reach the semi-fi­nals by scor­ing two goals against Mozam­bique.

In the semi-fi­nals, Abouzid scored the win­ning goal to lead the team to a dif­fi­cult game against Cameroon in the fi­nal,in which the na­tional team won on penal­ties to reap the third ti­tle.

The Pharaohs’ his­toric win­ning

In the 2001 edi­tion, 16 teams par­tic­i­pated in the tour­na­ment di­vided over four groups. Egypt se­cured the fifth ti­tle in its his­tory by beat­ing Côte d’Ivoire in the fi­nal 4-2 on penal­ties.

Egypt beat the other bid by South Africa with 16 votes to one with one ab­sten­tion

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