Egypt to host 2019 U23 AFCON

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Egypt has won its bid to host the 2019 U23 Africa Cup of Nations, African football’s governing body (CAF) announced on Saturday.

The North African nation beat-out South Africa for the right to stage the quadrennial tournament, which doubles as qualifiers for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan.

It will mark the first time Egypt has hosted a competitive football tournament since the 2011 uprising that led to several years of political upheaval.

The 2009 FIFA U20 World Cup was the last time Egypt staged a high-profile football competition.

Egypt last hosted a major CAF tournament in 2006, when it won the first of three successive Africa Cup of Nations titles.

The top three finishers at the 2019 U23 Africa Cup of Nations will qualify directly to the 2020 Olympics.

The fourth-placed finisher will playoff against an Asian representative for a chance to qualify as well.

 

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