The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has revealed that South Africa and Egypt are the two nations that will officially vie to host the 2019 African Cup of Nations after meeting their deadline, reports.
CAF had last month stripped Cameroon of the hosting right, calling for fresh bids for the tournament.
“Following the statement issued on 6 December 2018 concerning the process to agree on a new host country of the Total Africa Cup of Nations 2019 (AFCON), the Confederation African Football (CAF) today confirms that:
“Formal applications have been received from the Egyptian and South African Football Associations to host the AFCON 2019.
“The international consulting firm Roland Berger will now review the bids and seek additional materials and conduct inspection visits where required.
“A CAF Extraordinary Executive Committee Meeting will take place in Dakar, Senegal on 9th January 2019 to agree on the new AFCON 2019 Host Nation. An announcement will be made by CAF after that meeting,” CAF said.
South Africa first hosted the biannual tournament in 1996 when it was expanded from 12 to 16 before also stepping in to host the 2013 edition in place of Libya, whilst Egypt, who remains the most successful nation in the competition hosted it in 1959, 1974, 1986 and 2006.