Egypt rules out 2019 AFCON bid

Author: BBC
The Confederation of African Football is looking for a new host for the 2019 AFCON

The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has ruled itself out of the bidding process to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, saying it "will not compete with another Arabic country." 

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is looking for new hosts after its executive committee voted unanimously on Friday to strip Cameroon of hosting rights.

"After an EFA meeting on Tuesday, we decided we will not make a bid for the next Afcon," EFA board member and spokesman Ahmed Megahed said.

"We will not compete with another Arabic country -- this is an official decision," Megahed told local media outside the EFA headquarters in Cairo.

BBC Sport understands Morocco -- having stepped in to hold this year's African Nations Championship (CHAN) after Kenya were deemed not ready -- and South Africa are under consideration as replacement hosts.

Egypt last hosted an Africa Cup of Nations in 2006 when the Pharaohs won the trophy.

CAF said it would "initiate an open and urgent call for new host country bids to ensure 2019 AFCON takes place next summer" and would "ensure that a new host is in place by 31st December 2018."