President of the Africa Cup of Nations, Amaju Pinnick, has assured that this year’s finals in Egypt between June 21 and July 19 will be a success despite being the biggest-ever event in the history of the championship.
The North African country is hosting the tournament for the fifth time. Egypt had less than six months to prepare for the tournament after the Confederation of African Football snatched the hosting rights from Cameroon, judged not to be ready.
Pinnick, the first-ever Nigerian to head the organizing committee for the biggest football championship on the continent, arrived Cairo on Sunday and will be in Egypt till the end of the championship.
“I’m delighted at the general arrangements. The variables and specifics we agreed on in our meetings over the past months have been brought to life by the LOC and the staff of CAF. Everything looks great.
“Of course, there have been concerns in several quarters over the little time that the Egyptians had to prepare for the competition, but we could all see from the show they put up hosting the Draw Ceremony that they are always ready for the big event. I have confidence that all will go pretty well.”