It’s exactly 100 days to the opening match of the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations and Hady Abo Rida the chairman of the Local Organising Committee is not about to press the panic button.
While speaking to www.cafonline.com, Rida gave assurance that Egypt will host a tournament that will stay on the minds of all for a very long time.
“The organizing committee works 24/7 to prepare for the tournament and we promise to produce the best ever tournament regarding the organization, hosting and hospitality,” Rida said in a lengthy interview.
“We hope this will be accompanied by a good performance from Egypt’s national team and that they will be crowned champions at the end.”
What makes Rida speak with confidence and enthusiasm is the fact that as the LOC, they have the backing of the Egyptian government, which is very essential if one is to pull off a tournament of this magnitude.
“With support from the Egyptian Government at all levels and the determination of sporting community coupled with the LOC team of experience and youth, I’m very optimistic that Egypt will organize an exceptionally successful tournament.
Six venues were chosen to host the tournament led by the Cairo International Stadium, the 30 June Stadium, the Alexandria Stadium in Alexandria, Suez Stadium in Suez, Ismailia Stadium in Ismailia and Al Masry Club Stadium in Port Said.
“Our preparations cover many aspects, including getting the six designated venues in the perfect conditions with respect to the pitches, changing rooms, tribunes and supporters’ areas.”
“Another aspect covers the various training pitches and hotels that will welcome the qualified teams as well as transportation and reception for visiting fans,” Ridah noted.
He also revealed that Egypt will be offering premium media facilities at the various venues to accommodate the expected huge media turn both local and international.
Because they anticipate so many fans from Africa and beyond, Rida revealed that the ticketing process will be online to avoid congestion at selling points but also enjoy each and every moment of their stay in Egypt.
“We are putting together a concept that will express Egypt’s past and future, and based on great history and civilization. The ceremony will be a mixture of Egyptian folklore and modern culture.”
It will be the fifth time that Egypt are hosting the tournament they have won a record seven times, they almost made it eight but lost 1-0 to Cameroon in the final two years ago in Gabon.