The Confederation of African Football, CAF, is to re-open bidding for the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations after stripping Guinea of the right to host the competition, with Morocco among the nations set to apply.
CAF President, Patrice Motsepe, was in the Guinean capital Conakry yesterday when he announced that the 24-team tournament will be removed due to a lack of suitably-advancing infrastructure and facilities.
Guinea has had nearly a decade to prepare for the finals, having originally been named as host of the 2023 Nations Cup in 2014, prior to being asked to host in 2025 instead.
The political situation in Guinea, which has been under military rule since a coup last year, had led to concerns over security and organization for its Nations Cup hosting.
However, in August, Guinea’s military junta insisted it was committed to hosting the 2025 finals, and would release funds and fast-track access to land to help preparations for an event labelled an issue of “national and priority interest” by the head of the military government.