The host country of the 2019 African Cup of Nations will be appointed by the Executive Committee of the African Football Confederation on 9 January 2019 in Dakar, CAF President Ahmad told RFI.
Cameroon was originally scheduled to host the CAN 2019 but should eventually host the CAN 2021, which was originally given to Côte d’Ivoire which in turn would replace Guinea as the host country of 2023. This December 3, 2018, at the microphone of the TV channel Afrique Média TV, the president of the CAF, Ahmad, justified this choice.
“We made this decision to shift, because we saw that Ivory Coast also is not ready for 2021, assured the Malagasy. To do things in a more humane way, let’s get rid of all NACs and give Cameroon more chances and more time to realize the infrastructure. We will accompany them closely to avoid that it does not go away. In 2021, Cameroonians will be ready. And in 2023, we will organize the CAN in Ivory Coast. This is the decision taken by the CAF Executive Committee on November 30, 2018 in Accra.”
The Malagasy did not however evoke the fate of Guinea, supposed to shelter CAN 2023.
The 2013, 2015 and 2017 CANs had also changed host countries.
Congo and Egypt are not candidates. Morocco and South Africa are not against it.