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Egypt Has Been Named the Host Country For The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

Egypt has beaten South Africa and won the bid to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Cameroon was stripped of its rights to host the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) because to delays and security concerns due to continuous violence occurring in the vicinity of the two planned venues. In light of that, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) just announced that Egypt will be the host of the 2019 AFCON. Egypt has won the bid over South Africa which was the only other country to formally bid.


The AFCON is an eagerly-anticipated football tournament that is hosted by alternating Africa countries. According to Kickoff, the tournament has now increased from including football teams from 16 African countries to 24. It has been 13 years since Egypt last hosted the tournament, and they have been the most successful African football team with an impressive seven titles. This will be their fourth time hosting the tournament.

The tournament dates have been changed to off-season play and will run from the 15th of June to the 13th of July.

CAF has however granted rights for the 2021 AFCON to Cameroon in the hopes that the country will have completed its preparations by that time and that the current political unrest would have abated.

The buzz has already caught onto social media followers following the announcement.





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Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists โ€” from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

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