Ghana expresses interest to host AFCON 2017
AHUDU KUNATEH in Accra, Ghana
ACCRA – GHANA’S Minister for Youth and Sports, Mahama Ayariga, has announced the country will bid for the hosting rights to AFCON 2017.
Ghana’s announcement follows Libya’s withdrawal as hosts of the tournament last Saturday citing security concerns as the reason for their decision.
“Ghana has the infrastructure and we are looking to add to it. We have the stadium in Cape Coast and are going to construct a few more in other regions.
“Our people love football and are hospitable. The transportation network within Ghana both by road and air is also in good shape,” the minister stated.
With an ailing economy that is yet to recover, the minister was quick to dispel fears of an inadequate budget to stage the event.
“I have held consultations with the organisers of the event in 2008, that was led by Rex Danquah and they explained the cost was high because the country had to build new stadia.
“With our new bid we basically have to improve the existing sub structures.
“You also know that that CAF will provide some facility to help with the staging of the event whilst corporate sponsors and media rights will also go a long way to help us stage a great tournament if our bid is accepted.”
Morrocco will host the next edition of the AFCON in 2015.
– CAJ News
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