South Africa has formally submitted their bid to replace Cameroon as hosts of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), according to AFP.

A senior official at South African Football Association (Safa) confirmed the development to the news agency on Friday.

“We have submitted our bid documents. (It) is now up to CAF to decide (who hosts the 2019 Cup of Nations),” said the communications manager Dominic Chimhavi.

South Africa last week “expressed an interest” in staging the Cup of Nations for the second time in six years, but stopped short of formally applying to be hosts.

Egypt also declared its candidacy to host the tournament in a statement yesterday.

Meanwhile, the shortlist of countries bidding to host the tournament is expected to be unveiled on December 25.