Africa: Host Egypt chooses six places for Afcon


Egypt has chosen six cities in five cities to host this year's final of the African Nations Cup, local media reported, including the Port Said Stadium, where 72 supporters died in the worst violence in the country on the football scene in 2012. t

After the committee meeting, the Egyptian Football Federation (EFA) confirmed that the stadium in Cairo, the Borg el Arab stadium in Alexandria and the Ismailia stadium were among the cities selected for the tournament.

Other venues are the military stadium owned on 30 June, on the outskirts of Cairo and in the Suez Stadium.

In the Cairo stadium with 74,000 seats, the finals of the previous tournament of the national cup were held in 1986 and 2006.

The stadium on 30 June replaces Al Salam, the second venue on the outskirts of Cairo hosting the domestic and African matches of the Champions League of the Most Popular Club in the State of Al Ahly.

The Port Said stadium was closed five years after the accident in 2012, which followed the race between Al Masry and Al Ahly.

Al Masry's supporters have been charged with promoting violence with a number of dead who were crushed when panic viewers tried to escape the stadium after the attack on their home fans after the match. Others have fallen or were on the terraces.

Al Masry's home club could return to the scene 12 months ago.

This year's Cup of Nations begins on June 21 and is expanded to include 24 teams. The group stage draw will be held on April 12 in Cairo.

Fourteen countries have already booked a mooring for the finals, including Madagascar and Mauritania, for the first time, and the remaining 10 seats will be determined when the qualification campaign ends in March.


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