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Egypt bids for 2019 African Cup, South Africa considering

Egypt submitted a bid to replace Cameroon as host of next year's African Cup of Nations while South Africa was seriously considering entering the hastily-arranged race to find a new venue for the continent's top soccer tournament, which kicks off in just six months.

Egypt's bid, announced by its soccer association on Thursday to meet Friday's deadline, was a surprise move by a country which wasn't considered a contender.

South Africa had also submitted a bid, a South African Football Association spokesman said Friday, but the spokesman later retracted his statement saying the soccer body still needed final permission from the government.