AFCON 2019: We are ready to host a successful tournament- Egypt sports minister

By Vincent Ashitey
we are ready to host a successful tournament says Egypt sports minister
we are ready to host a successful tournament says Egypt sports minister

Egypt sports minister Ashraf Sobhi says his country is ready to host a successful tournament of the 32nd edition of AFCON 2019. 

The North African country won the hostings right ahead of South Africa by a landslide after CAF had stripped Cameroon of hosting the tournament due to slow preparations.

This is the first edition of a 24-team tournament, however, Ashraf Sobhi says the North African country is ready for the task and they will host a successful tournament.

"Hosting a big event like the Nations Cup needs around two years of preparations, but we are ready for any challenge," said sports minister Sobhi.

"I promise that the country will organise a tournament that is up to the standards of the state. Our target is to organise an exceptional event."

Sobhi added that a "high committee" would be formed to remove any obstacles facing the Nations Cup organisers, with the prime minister presiding over the committee.

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Egypt will host the AFCON for the fifth time, they have previously staged the tournament in 1959, 1974, 1986 and 2006. The tournament is slated for 15 June - 13 July, 2019.