Egypt has been named the new hosts of the AFCON 2019 Finals. The announcement was made by CAF on Tuesday morning in Dakar, Senegal.
Egypt saw off South Africa-the other country that had submitted a bid to host the soccer show piece after Cameroon were stripped of the hosting rights.
The 2019 AFCON Finals will have 24 teams-the first time CAF has organized a tournament of teams with such a figure.
The news of the new hosts found Uganda Cranes Head coach Sebastien Desabre on his way to Senegal for the CAF Awards.
“It is good news because I like Egypt. The fans in Egypt are fantastic. For the Uganda Cranes fans, it is near in terms of travel. I am happy but I hope the draw puts us in Ismailia,” he said.
Uganda Cranes star player Faruku Miya is a happy man as well.
“It is a great honour to participate in the AFCON for the second time in a row and another opportunity to represent our country in Egypt at a higher level on the continent. We shall put on the Uganda Cranes jersey with alot of pride like we have always done. Egypt is good Country.”
The tournament will be hosted between 15th June-15th July 2019
Uganda has already qualified unbeaten but with a game in hand against Tanzania to be played in March.