Ace sports journalist Michael Oti Adjei has endorsed the Confederation of African Football’s decision to name Egypt as emergency hosts of the 2019 African Cup of Nations tournament.
Egypt beat South Africa, the only other nation to bid for the hosting rights of the tournament by 16 votes to 1 at a Caf executive vote in Dakar, Senegal on Tuesday morning after Cameroon had been stripped off the hosting rights by the African football governing body after they cited fears of security and significant delay in the delivery of infrastructure.
The Sports presenter and writer speaking exclusively to Univers Sports said he believes Egypt will offer us a great package since they are a passionate footballing nation.
” It is a well-established country, they have stadiums, they are passionate about football, the fans will watch the games, the Egyptian national team does well and so in terms of the general package it is great because as a host capable of providing a good footballing experience that is stadiums, atmosphere, and the rest CAF could not have settled on a better host”.
When quizzed by our reporters on whether South Africa could have done better he revealed that he believes they would have done slightly better than Egypt because they have hosted the World Cup as well as other high-level tournaments before but still believes Egypt will be good hosts.
” South Africa hosted the World Cup so that is immense experience in addition to that they host high level of international events and they have some of the best stadiums around which is easier to get in and around. The tourist attraction is great just like in Egypt so maybe South Africa would have slightly been a more enjoyable nations cup but nevertheless Egypt is still very good, lots of remarkable places to visit and above all a national team that does well and they’ve got great footballing spirits and that for me makes them good hosts”.
The 2019 African Cup of Nations tournament will be held in Egypt and will run from June 15th to July 13th this year and will have 24 teams partaking in it for the first time since it’s inception.
Story by: Sir Kay