DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 04, Match ball during the Absa Premiership match between Maritzburg United and Platinum Stars at Harry Gwala Stadium on December 04, 2012 in Durban, South Africa Photo by Steve Haag / Gallo Images

Kinshasa - Democratic Republic of Congo have withdrawn as candidates to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) without giving a reason.

Congolese officials said a five-day visit by a Confederation of African Football fact-finding team scheduled for July had been cancelled.

Algeria, Cameroon, Guinea, Ivory Coast and Zambia are the other candidates to host the 2019 tournament with a decision due this September.

Morocco will stage the 2015 Cup of Nations followed by Libya two years later.

Sapa-AFP