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North vs. south: Egypt, S. Africa bid for 2019 African Cup

Egypt and South Africa have submitted bids to replace Cameroon as host of next year's African Cup of Nations, pitting north versus south in the rush to find a new venue for the continent's top soccer tournament.

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's bid, confirmed on Friday by South African Football Association spokesman Dominic Chimhavi, puts Africa's only World Cup host in line to help tournament organizer the Confederation of African Football out again.

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