The Confederation of African Football (CAF) will announce the hosts of the 2025, 2027 and 2029 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) this Wednesday, September 27.
CAF president, Dr Patrice Motsepe is expected to reveal the designated competition hosts for the next three editions after an Executive Committee meeting to be held on the same day in Cairo.
The likes of Morocco, Algeria, Zambia plus a joint bid from Benin and Nigeria were in contention for the 2025 event whose host rights was stripped off Guinea over a year ago.
Latest twist have it that the Algerian government has ordered it’s FA to pull out from the 2025 and even the 2027 bid due to an undisclosed reason.
Sources also have it that Morocco will be picked as host of the 2025 event.
On its part, the 2027 tournament that received bids from Algeria, Botswana, Egypt and a trinity bid from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda will be awarded to Senegal.
The 2029 edition will be awarded to the joint venture of Nigeria and Benin after Wednesday’s meeting – everything being equal.
CAF experts have made a number of stops at the different nations bidding for the various editions of the prestigious soccer jamboree. Their report will guide the Executive Committee members in arriving at their final decisions.
At least three editions of the bennial tournament have been affected by logistics and other factors in the past ten years.
The 2013 event that was initially scheduled to take place in Libya ended up in South Africa, while the 2015 showpiece was moved from Morocco to Equatorial Guinea, owing to the outbreak of Ebola virus disease.
Cameroon’s 2019 edition was first moved to Egypt, and even when the competition returned in 2021, CAF was forced it to be rescheduled to January 2022 due to the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak
The 2023 edition of the AFCON will be played next year in Côte D’Ivoire. From the West African nation, the competition will head to Morocco, Senegal before returning to Nigeria for the first time since 2000 as a joint host with Benin – a mirror of the 2000 frenzy.
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