AFCON 2019: South Africa loses bid, blames ‘politics’

South Africa is reeling after a humiliating defeat by Egypt in a contest for the 2019 AFCON host
South African football officials have come out to blame the countries failure to land the hosting rights for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on “political” reasons.
The president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Ahmad Ahmad announces Egypt as host of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) during a press conference in an Hotel in Dakar on January 8, 2019. – (Photo by SEYLLOU / AFP)
South Africa were beaten by a 16-1 vote in favour of Egypt in Senegal on Tuesday with a CAF insider linking the rainbow nations loss to their decision to back the winning Canada/Mexico/United States 2026 World Cup bid instead of fellow Africans Morocco.
The CAF executive committee preferred Egypt to South Africa as replacements for original hosts Cameroon, who were dropped due to delays in preparations and concerns over security. It will be the fifth time Egypt stage the biennial showpiece of African football after 1959, when the country was called the United Arab Republic, 1974, 1986 and 2006.

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