Cairo Stadium 'almost ready' for African Nations Cup

Ahram Online , Wednesday 5 Jun 2019,
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Cairo Stadium
Cairo Stadium in its new shape (Photo: the Nations Cup local organising committee)

Cairo's International Stadium, the biggest venue selected to host the June-July African Cup of Nations, is almost ready for the tournament after undergoing significant renovations, the country's local organising committee said.

"Only minor details left before the stadium appears in its final shape for the tournament as part of the plan to renovate Egyptian stadiums," the committee said in a statement on its official Facebook page on Tuesday.

"Committee director Mohamed Fadl inspected the stadium to make sure it's ready before it's handed over to [African governing body] CAF eight days before the tournament gets underway."

The renovations included re-laying the grass, which was in poor condition, and changing all seats of the 74,100-capacity stadium, Egypt's second biggest venue after Alexandria's Borg El-Arab, which was not picked for the Nations Cup.

Cairo Stadium will host all of Egypt's matches at the tournament as well as the final. Although it is the traditional home of the Pharaohs, the national team played most of their matches in the past few years at Borg El-Arab for security reasons.

Cairo Stadium hosted two of Egypt's record seven Nations Cup triumphs in 1986 and 2006.

Egypt kick off their campaign against Zimbabwe on 21 June. They will also meet Uganda and DR Congo in Group A of the biennial tournament, which runs until 19 July.

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