Egypt will host a successful Nations Cup, vows sports minister

Ahram Online , Sunday 13 Jan 2019,
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Ashraf Sobhy

Sports minister Ashraf Sobhi vowed on Sunday that Egypt will host a successful African Cup of Nations in the summer, saying everything was in place to make it a success.

Egypt was granted the hosting rights of the Nations Cup at the expense of South Africa after winning a majority of votes at a CAF executive committee meeting earlier this month.

In December, Cameroon was stripped of the hosting due to serious delays in its preparations for the expanded 24-team tournament.

"Hosting a big event like the Nations Cup needs around two years of preparations, but we are ready for any challenge," Sobhi told a news conference on Sunday.

"I promise that the country will organise a tournament that is up to the standards of the state. Our target is to organise an exceptional event."

Sobhi also said that a "high committee" would be formed to remove any obstacles facing the Nations Cup organisers. The prime minister will preside over the committee, he added.

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