Nigeria will not be hosting the 2025 nor 2027 editions of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), as other bidding nations were awarded the hostings rights.
Ripples Nigeria recalls that there had been a joint bid between Nigeria and Benin Republic to host the 2025 Cup of Nations after Guinea was stripped of the hosting rights in October last year.
Earlier this week, a statement from the Sports Ministry also noted that the Federal Government was pushing to host the 2027 edition, with the Minister scheduled to attend Wednesday’s meeting in Cairo, Egypt.
But neither the joint bid with Benin Republic for the 2025 tournament nor the single bid for the 2027 tournament, was successful.
Confederation of African Football (CAF) president, Patrice Motsepe, announced the hosts of both tournaments during the ceremony in Cairo on Wednesday afternoon.
The continental football body granted Morocco the hosting rights for the 2025 AFCON.
The other bidders, Zambia and Nigeria-Benin, agreed to withdraw in order to allow Morocco to host in the hope it will increase the chances of Africa hosting the World Cup again.
Morocco is jointly bidding for the 2030 World Cup with Spain and Portugal, and Motsepe acknowledged that “a huge amount of money” was being spent by the country ahead of the tournament.
At the ceremony on Wednesday, CAF also approved a joint East African bid from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania for the 2027 tournament.
Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania’s selection represents the first time nations from the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (Cecafa) will stage the tournament since Ethiopia in 1976.
Meanwhile, the next edition of the AFCON will take place in January 2024 in Cote d’Ivoire, with 24 teams competing for the continent’s foremost football title.
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