BY BOLAJI OKUNOLA.
As rightly predicted by Sports Village Square, the Emergency Committee of the Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF) has awarded the hosting right of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) to Morocco.
The decision was taking a meeting held in Lagos on Saturday and chaired by CAF president, Ahmad. The Emergency Committee unanimously decided to grant the organization of the fifth edition of the African Nations Championship to the Royal Moroccan Football Federation.
Morocco became a candidate following last month’s stripping of the hosting rights from Kenya when CAF executive committee met in Accra on the eve of the WAFU Cup.
According to a statement by CAF, the candidacy of Morocco was preferred to that of Equatorial Guinea and Ethiopia.
The Ethiopian Football Federation 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, Morocco 2018, scheduled for 12 January to 4 February 2018, will bring together 16 national teams composed exclusively of players playing in the national championships of their respective countries.
Morocco boasts of some of the best sporting facilities in the continent and had unsuccessfully bided for the hosting of the World Cup 2006 and 2010. It played hosts to the Africa Cup of Nations in 1988 and the FIFA Clubs World Cup in 2013 and 2014 and had also hosted the CAF U-23 tournament in 2012.