Morocco’s Sports Minister Rachid Talbi Alami in an interview with AFP has said his country is not ready to host the 2019 AFCON.
This comes after initial hosts Cameroon were stripped of the rights to stage the tournament by Caf due to ill-preparedness.
The decision by Morocco not to submit their candidature leaves either South Africa or Egypt the most likely to host the tournament after both countries expressed interest but are yet to officially file their bids with Caf.
CAF has set December 14 as the deadline for prospective hosts to submit their bids. Egypt had earlier on said that they will not bid to host the 2019 Afcon if another North African country is interested.
Now with Morocco out of the picture, Egypt Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhi said they will throw their hat in the ring to stage the expanded 24-team AFCON 2019.
“Egypt is able to organize the competition and we would be proud to do so,” Sobhi said of Egypt’s interest to host AFCON 2019.
“The Egyptian people are always ready for such things, we have the infrastructure of the highest level.”
CAF is expected to announce the successful AFCON 2019 host candidate on January 9.