Egypt quit race to host 2017 Cup of Nations


JOHANNESBURG: Egypt have quit the race to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations two weeks after 19 people died outside a Cairo football stadium, a government minister said on Sunday (Monday in Manila). “We have decided to withdraw our application and will support that of Algeria,” sports minister Khaled Abdel Aziz told Egyptian media without giving a reason for the decision. Gabon and Ghana are the other candidates to replace violence-torn Libya as hosts. The Egyptian move follows 19 deaths when police and football supporters clashed before a top-of-the-table league fixture between Cairo clubs Zamalek and ENPPI. All domestic football was suspended indefinitely by the authorities after the tragedy.



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