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Egypt, South Africa bid to be replacement African Cup host

Egypt and South Africa are the countries bidding to replace Cameroon as host of next year's African Cup of Nations and the winner will have just five months to put preparations in place for the continent's top soccer tournament.

CAF announced the bids late Saturday - the deadline to submit was end of Friday - and said that its executive committee will decide the new host at a meeting in Dakar, Senegal on Jan. 9.

That date, which was pushed back from Dec. 31, gives the host precious little time to get ready for a tournament which is scheduled to kick off June 15 and is the first to be increased from 16 to 24 teams.

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