BY KUNLE SOLAJA
With the possibility of stripping Guinea the hosting rights of the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has entered into discussion with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on the possibility of the country stepping in to rescue the tournament.
The hint was dropped by the President of the NFF, Amaju Pinnick at the launch of a book on Nigerian football legend, Tesilimi Balogun at the Sheraton Hotel in Lagos.
The Nigerian football chieftain explained to the audience that he came a little late as he was having a zoom meeting with CAF officials on Nigeria’s candidacy to host the continent’s flagship championship.
Nigeria had hosted the competition twice in the past – in 1980 and co-hosting with Ghana in 2000.
Just like that of 2000, the 2025 edition is being planned as a joint hosting of Nigeria and the neighbouring Benin Republic.
The regularity of the continental flagship championship has been distorted for some time now on account of force majeur.
The 2021 edition was held in 2022 in Cameroon. The 2023 edition in Cote d’Ivoire has been moved from its original date of June 2023 to January 2024.
Holding the 35th edition in 2025 means that two editions will be held back-to-back.
The political situation in Guinea which culminated in a military coup d’état in the country in September last year is a possible reason for the stripping of the country of the hosting rights of the 20225 AFCON.