The ongoing CAF Symposium has been full of surprises, the latest of which involves Egypt throwing its hat into the mix of nations ready to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) if rights are stripped from Cameroon.
Egyptian Youth and Sports Minister Khaled Abdel-Aziz and Egyptian Football Association President Hany Abourida both met with newly christened CAF President Ahmad Ahmad at the symposium in Morocco, formally requesting that Egypt be the contingency destination for AFCON 2019.
Sources say Morocco still appears to be the favorite should Cameroon be replaced, however.
Algeria has also been mentioned as a possible destination for the tournament.
CAF recently instituted some major changes to AFCON, including expansion of the tournament from 16 teams to 24.
Egypt’s bid comes as somewhat of a surprise, given the hesitancy of authorities to allow fans into domestic matches, and capacity limits when they are allowed to attend.
The fate of Egypt’s bid is expected to be announced in the coming days.