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Egypt to host Africa Cup of Nations

Spinx and pyramids in Cairo

Egypt, which is seeking to boost its tourism, following the Arab Spring, which chased visitors away, has received significant help.

The country will host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, a soccer or football tournament, it was announced earlier this month.

The tournament, which will be held June 15 to July 13, has been expanded to 24 teams.

It was first held in 1957 when four countries —- Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia and South Africa —- competed. South Africa was disqualified because of its Apartheid policies.

Egypt has won the tournament a record seven times including when it was known at the United Arab Republic.

And Egypt has hosted the tournament four times. This year, Egypt replaced Cameroon because of security concerns and planning difficulties. The tournament will be played in five host cities.

Egypt boasts the 72,000-seat Cairo International Stadium and Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria which can house 87,000 spectators.

The competition is sanctioned by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

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