The Confederation of African football (Caf) has found just prior to the gates closing, but two replacement candidate for hosting the African Cup of Nations next year. On Thursday Egypt and, a little later, also South Africa officially declared the tournament from 15. June to 13. July.

South Africa hosted the continental championship in 1996 and 2013. In addition, the country was on the Cape in 2010, the first and so far only African host of a world Cup finals.

Egypt Superstar Mohamed Salah is one of the heavyweights of African football. The country won the Africa Cup seven Times and four Times played, last in 2006. In the past few years, the football of the country experienced severe crises. In February 2012, came in the stadium of the port city of Port Said, 74 people were killed in a politically charged atmosphere, Fans are brutal on the supporters of the Cairo club Al-Ahly began to walk. Thereafter, the Championships were played in Egypt in front of empty stands.

it is Only since September, both back Fans to the stadiums. However, their number remains limited. Egypt’s football Association on Thursday in his communication. Sports Minister Ashraf Subhi was optimistic that the application is successful. “Egypt has all the necessary facilities to be hosts to all the international Championships,” he told the newspaper “Al-Masry al-Youm”.