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By The Atlas Lions, Dec 6 2018 02:23PM

December 6 – The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has pulled out of the bidding race for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, saying it “will not compete with another Arabic country.” Morocco and South Africa remain as favourites to host the continent’s flagship competition.

Last week Cameroon were stripped of the tournament’s hosting rights over delays in preparations. CAF president Ahmad Ahmad revealed that the confederation would strive to “determine a new organising country by the end of the year.”

Egypt, Morocco and South Africa soon stepped forwards as potential hosts for the 24-team event. Cameroon, who won the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations defeating Egypt 2-1 in the final, had been awarded the 16-team finals, but CAF then unilaterally increased the number of participants in July 2017 to 24 teams during a symposium held in Morocco.

EFA will however not bid to stage the tournament. “After an EFA meeting on Tuesday, we decided we will not make a bid for the next Afcon,” said EFA board member and spokesman Ahmed Megahed. “We will not compete with another Arabic country – this is an official decision.”

The decision leaves Morocco and South Africa, who have both confirmed an interest in hosting, as two remaining contenders in the bidding race. Egypt last hosted the tournament in 2006 when they won on home soil.

Earlier this year the Moroccans had stepped in to host the African Nations Championship, CHAN, after Kenya had been deemed unfit to host the tournament. Morocco, with their team of home-based players, won the tournament, which was largely considered a success. In June Morocco, however, lost out to the United States, Mexico and Canada for the 2026 World Cup hosting rights. It was the fourth time that the Moroccans had their World Cup dream thwarted.

By The Atlas Lions, Nov 16 2018 09:09AM

Egyptian referee Ibrahim Nour El-Din has been announced as the referee for the Tunisia-Morocco friendly game on Tuesday.

Tunisia will be facing Morocco in a friendly in Rades stadium in Tunis on Tuesday, as both countries will be preparing for the 2019 AFCON in Cameroon.

By The Atlas Lions, Oct 31 2018 02:10PM

( Host Egypt have been handed a tough draw after being paired with former winners, Madagascar, regional rivals Morocco and Cote d’Ivoire in Group A for the final tournament.

The Pharaohs and the other participating teams learnt their fate after the draw on Sunday, 28 October 2018 at the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. CAF Director of Competitions, Samson Adamu conducted the draw assisted by Egypt coach Ahmed Abdel Razzak.

“We have a North African derby having Morocco in the same group. It will be very tough because all four teams are equally good. We will be playing at home and we will count on the support of all to go farthest in the competition,” Egypt coach Abdal Razzak said.

Holders Senegal, Nigeria, Libya and Tanzania complete Group B. The final tournament scheduled for 8-14 December 2018 in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm El Sheikh.

The finalists will represent at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in November 2019 in Paraguay.

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