I Am sure Egypt Will mAnAge into stAge A greAt Afcon, sAys FifA president GiAnni InfAntino #Cup_OfFebruary 12, 2019
“We know the power of the Egyptians and of Africans in general, they are a bit like the Italians – everything is done at the last minute, but everything is fine in the end,” said Gianni Infantino.
Photo: Matilde Campodonico/APCAIRO – Chosen to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, Egypt faces a race against time to get ready for the event in five months, but experts say it will meet the challenge.
The Confederation of African Football (Caf) on Tuesday said it selected Egypt ahead of South Africa to stand in for original hosts Cameroon, who were dropped due to delays in preparations and security concerns.
Since the announcement, the government and the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) have given assurances the country is ready, a point they have sought to hammer home since Cameroon lost the right to host it in November.
An organising committee would be formed, including the sports ministry, security services and football authorities, he told AFP.
Details about preparations for the competition, scheduled to be staged between June 15 and July 13, would be known “in the coming days”, he added.
It is not the first time in the history of the Cup of Nations (Afcon) that the staging of Africa’s showpiece sporting event has run into trouble.
Morocco backed out as hosts of the 2015 tournament for fear of an Ebola outbreak, making way for Equatorial Guinea to stage it.
“There is not much time to organise it of course, but I am sure that Egypt will manage to stage a great Africa Cup of Nations,” said Fifa president Gianni Infantino, who is currently in Benin.
“I don’t think (staging Afcon) will distract from the criticism of the Egyptian government,” said Dorsey.