The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed that it will announce the host of next year’s African Cup of Nations in Dakar, Senegal after its extraordinary meeting on January 9, 2019.
The executive body late last month stripped former hosts Cameroon of the right following the countries inability to meet CAF deadline with less than seven months to the competition.
The new development overrules CAF’s earlier decision that a new host will be announced on December 31. Interested nations bidding for the biannual tournament still have until Friday, December 14 as bidding closes around 10pm GMT on the same day.
For now, South Africa and Morocco look the most likely to stage the tournament after the Egyptian FA announced last week that the country will not be going head to head with another Arab nation for the competition hosting right.
South Africa hosted the 2013 edition of the tournament after original hosts Libya opted out due to a crisis in the country whilst Morocco, who were supposed to stage the 2015 edition also opted out due to the then Ebola scare.