Guinea soccer show plans fall flat on face


Guinea looses right to host Africa Cup of Nations Image: Stade Général Lansana Conté

Algeria and Morocco (countries in North Africa) have reportedly launched rivals bids to host the 2025 African Cup of Nations after Guinea (country in West Africa) was stripped of the right to stage the competition due to lack of proper infrastructure.

‘inside the games’ stated that Abderrazak Sebgag, the Algerian Minister of Youth and Sports, said in a statement recently that his country was applying to stage the continental event.

The 2025 Africa Cup of Nations is scheduled to be the 35th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the biennial international men’s football championship of Africa organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

6th of October City (Egypt)-based the Confederation of African Football (CAF) is the administrative and controlling body for association football, futsal and beach soccer in Africa.

Meanwhile, the Moroccan Football Federation stated that the nation was set to submit a bid for the 24-team tournament.

‘inside the games’ further stated that Patrice Motsepe, the President of the Confederation of African Football, announced in the Guinean capital Conakry that Guinea – one of the poorest countries in the world – could not host the event due to lack of suitable infrastructure and facilities.

Motsepe stated in a presser following a meeting with the interim President of Guinea Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, “The 2025 Nations Cup allocated to Guinea will not take place there because we’re not yet ready in Guinea. The CAF decision was taken in July and was reported to the transitional Government in Guinea stating that where we are right now, there should be a process to allow new bids to come forward. The CAF is going to ask to receive new bids because the infrastructure and facilities are not appropriate or ready for CAF to host the 2025 Nations Cup in Guinea, and that’s the basis of the decision.”

Motsepe claimed that the CAF made its official decision in July.

The South African official said in a CAF statement that he visited Guinea “out of respect” to offer advice as to how it can work with other stakeholders to construct football infrastructure and facilities.

Motsepe proposed this would allow them to bid to host a future edition of the African Nations Championships (CHAN), with its next one due to be held in Algeria next year.

The African Nations Championship, known as the TotalEnergies African Nations Championship for sponsorship purposes, is a biennial African national association football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football and first announced on September 11th, 2007.

The CHAN is a competition designed for players competing in their own domestic league.

Guinea’s Sports Minister Lansana Bea Dialla accepted the CAF’s decision and pledged to create the infrastructure needed.

The 2023 edition of the African Cup of Nations is scheduled to take place in Ivory Coast (country in West Africa).

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