Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and Minister of Sports Ashraf Sobhi inspected Cairo International Stadium’s playground and facilities on Saturday, to check its status ahead of the June 2019 tournament.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced Egypt as the new host for the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations tournament from June 15-July 13, 2019 after Cameroon failed to fulfil hosting credentials.
Madbouly and Sobhi inspected the main playground, which features an all-seated capacity of 75,400 and will host the tournament’s opening ceremony and the Egyptian national team’s matches.
“The facilities and playgrounds should be prepared according to the modern standards, and should be completed before the first day of June,” said Madbouly before adding.
“The government will soon hold a meeting purposely to check the latest situation on stadiums hosting the tournament matches,” he added.
The Egyptian Football Association (EFA), headed by Hani Abu Rida, have chosen five cities to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
These includes Cairo, Alexandria, Ismailia, Port Said and Suez. Cairo is to host two groups, while the other four will host one group each.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Tuesday January 8th, 2019 that Egypt had won the bid to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, with 16 votes, while their competitors South Africa went with only one vote.