The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced that Egypt will host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Egypt defeated South Africa, the only other nation who signaled their interest to host the tournament in a vote held at a Confederation of African Football (CAF) Executive Committee meeting on Tuesday. A meeting of the Executive Committee in Dakar, Senegal was brought forward a day – presumably so as not to take attention away from Wednesday’s award ceremony in which the African Footballer of the Year will be announced. According to media outlet Ahram, Egypt obtained 16 votes out of 18, as only one went for South Africa, while the remaining country abstained from voting. Original host nation Cameroon was stripped of staging the tournament in November due to both serious delays in its preparations for the cup and the persistence of a violent separatist uprising near two of the planned venues. The 2019 AFCON is scheduled to take place from 15 June to 13 July, and will be the first of a new format featuring a 24-team field. Egypt, which will host the tournament for a fifth time, has just six months to prepare for the expanded 24-team finals, which kick off in June. CAF has since offered Cameroon the chance to stage the finals in two years' time, which has meant that the original hosts for both the 2021 and 2023 finals have been asked to delay their tournaments.