Attribution of CAN to Egypt: Tension rises in South Africa
South Africa denounced Egypt’s designation as host country
South Africa has denounced the designation of Egypt as the organizing country of CAN2019 to take over the failing Cameroon.
Only, the leaders of this country considers that their file was rejected to punish them for having supported a choice other than that supported by the CAF during the attribution of the world 2026. Only with regard to the security, to hold a Cup of Africa of Nations in Egypt is a real challenge.
Most football officials in South Africa denounce a “political” decision.
“Technically, there is no better country in Africa than South Africa to host the Africa Cup of Nations,” said South Africa Federation (SAFA) interim chief Russell Paul. on a local radio station in Johannesburg.
“We have no problem with Egypt but with the way the awarding process went,” he added.
A CAF ally told Agence France Presse that South Africa had been punished by the African football governing body for preferring the US / Canada / Mexico joint candidacy to Morocco’s the organization of the 2026 World Cup.
“South Africa’s choice for the United States, especially after President (Donald) Trump’s criticism of the continent’s population, was considered anti-African”, has judged this source on condition of anonymity.
The victory of Egypt was announced after an unsuccessful Soviet vote (16 votes against 1 and 1 abstention) of the CAF Executive Committee, meeting in the Senegalese capital Dakar.