The 21st of June until the 19th of July will be a life-changing time for Egypt and the entire world. We’re not going to bother asking you to guess what major event is coming up, because you’ve probably already marked the dates on your calendars and engraved them in your memory. In exactly one month, natives will be swarming around TV sets, cafés, and streets to witness the 32nd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, that will commence right here in Egypt!
A lot of updates have occurred this month on the competition front. Firstly, as mentioned in one of our articles yesterday, the Tazkarty app will launch on the 21st of May to help Egyptians purchase tickets for the highly anticipated tournament. Secondly, 24 teams will be participating for the first time in the history of the competition, according to Egypt Independent. Thirdly, Mohamed Fadl, the director of the 2019 Africa Cup, unveiled the mascot for the games. You can see the AFCON mascot on the official Facebook page of the competition’s organisation committee.
The most recent update was two days ago, when Egypt Independent also shared the news that last Friday, the Egyptian Prime Minister, Mostafa Madbouly, and Minister of Youth and Sports, Ashraf Sobhi, inspected the preparations and improvements of the Cairo Stadium, which is set to host some of the matches of the African Cup. The completed developments of the main arena and the pitch of the venue were checked, as well some of the roads around the stadium that are currently being developed.
Several other redevelopments are still underway. Sobhi mentioned that a road, linking Al-Fangari Street and Yusuf Abbas Street, will be established to facilitate traffic and access to the stadium. He also pointed out that the numbering of seats, installation of screens, and enhancing the entrance to the main stadium are in progress. Checking the electronic gate networks, improving lighting efficiency, and upgrading the wifi network within the stadium are some of the additional essential items on their to-do list. Finally, to meet the African Union’s requirements, new changing rooms have been provided, as well as other spaces to serve as a reception area.
During the visit, Madbouly stressed the importance of efficiency and effectiveness of execution to ensure that the Cairo Stadium becomes a civilised interface for the championship.