Afcon Branding - trophy during the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations final match between Nigeria and Burkina Faso on the 10th February 2013 at National Stadium in Johannesburg ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) selected Egypt as the hosts of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) after their executive meeting in Dakar, Senegal on Tuesday morning.

South Africa and Egypt were the only two nations to submit bids for the tournament, after Cameroon were stripped of hosting rights late last year due to being behind schedule.

The North African nation ousted the South Africans with 16 votes to just one for the 2013 Afcon hosts.

This year’s tournament will be unique because the competition has been expanded to 24 nations and has also been moved from the usual January slot to June.

Egypt have previously hosted the continental showpiece on four occasions, and last hosted the Afcon in 2006.