BIDDING HEATS UP FOR AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS 2019

Seven countries have confirmed their interest in hosting the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

It looks like the bid process could be one of the most hotly-contested in the competition's history as Senegal, Kenya, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Zambia and Algeria have all declared their intentions to host what will be the 32nd tournament. But the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has not yet formally accepted bids to host Africa's premier football tournament, but is expected to later in the year.

"We have had expression of interests but we have no yet begun the process for the bidding candidates, so we cannot release any names," said CAF general secretary Hicham El Amrani.

The 2013 tournament, held in South Africa, was the highest attended edition of the Africa Cup of Nations under the current, 16 team format.

Posted on 23/02/2013