The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) Sunday officially announced Morocco as the new hosts of the fifth edition of the 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN).
The decision follows the stripping off of the hosting rights from Kenya who were initially billed to host the tournament.
Kenya lost the rights due to poor preparation and Morocco got the nod ahead of Ethiopia and Equatorial Guinea, who all bidded afterwards.
And the decision was taken at the Emergency Committee meeting of CAF in Lagos last weekend.
“The Emergency Committee of the Confederation of Africa Football, chaired by Mr Ahmad, met on 14 October 2017 in Lagos, Nigeria, and unanimously decided to grant the organization of the 5th edition of the Total African Nations Championship to the Royal Moroccan Football Federation,” CAF said in a statement on their official website on Sunday.
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“The latter had been a candidate following the withdrawal of the organization of this competition to Kenya, which was decided on 23 September 2017 in Accra, Ghana, by the CAF Executive Committee.
“The candidacy of Morocco was preferred to that of Equatorial Guinea, another country to have submitted a valid application.
“The Ethiopian Football Federation, which had also expressed its willingness to host the tournament, did not provide the government’s letter of guarantee, which is a mandatory document required by the rules of application of the Statutes of the CAF.”
The CHAN 2018 is scheduled for January 12 to February 4, 2018, and the tournament will involve 16 national teams comprised of players plying their trade in the domestic league of their respective nations.
Nigeria’s home-based Super Eagles already qualified for the tournament and will be in Morocco next year.
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