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CAF set to welcome new bids for AFCON 2025




Following the withdrawal of the hosting rights from Guinea, new bids will open this Saturday for the 2025 edition of CAF’s flagship competition, the Africa Cup of Nations.

The CAF Executive Committee will be meeting this Saturday, 1 October 2022 in Algiers, Algeria and will take a decision to re-open the bidding process for the AFCON 2025.

The flagship competition has suffered series of setbacks since the adjustment of calender from the even-numbered year in 2012 to the odd numbered years.

There were either shift in dates or the hosting country. The 2013 edition hosted in South Africa was originally meant to hold in Libya before political turmoil folded the plans.

Owing to the Civil war in Libya, the North African country traded years with South Africa and Libya to host in 2017.


The 2015 edition was originally to hold in Morocco which demanded for postponement owing to outbreak of Ebola virus in West Africa.

Subsequently Morocco was ruled out as a host country and replaced by Equatorial Guinea.

The 2017 edition was to be held in Libya. With the civil disorder still on, the competition which also marked the 60th anniversary, was moved to Gabon.

The 2019 edition was to hold in Cameroon but was shifted to Egypt while that of 2021 slated for Cote d’Ivoire had to be swapped. Cote d’Ivoire was later offered 2023 which had now been moved to 2024.  


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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