Bids confirmed for AFCON 2017
by MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG – THE Confederation of African Football confirmed receiving seven bids to host the Africa Cup of Nations in 2017.
The bids were from, in alphabetical order, Algeria, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Sudan and Zimbabwe.
This follows the closure of the deadline on September 30.
The host country will be decided by the CAF Executive Committee during one of its sessions in 2015.
Nominations were opened on 23 August 2014, following the withdrawal of Libya, original host of the 31st edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, through a circular signed by the CAF Secretary General, Hicham El Amrani.
The circular emphasized that due to the limited time frame for the organization of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, the CAF Executive Committee will focus on the host with acceptable infrastructure and facilities required in making a decision.
Of the seven bidders, Gabon, Kenya and Zimbabwe have not hosted the Africa Cup of Nations.
Kenya and Zimbabwe however received the rights to host the event in 1996 and 2000 respectively but lost out after inadequate preparations.
Libya was initially scheduled to host the tournament but pulled out owing to political turmoil.
– CAJ News
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