Ghana, Nigeria and Benin are in talks to consider joining together to make a joint bid to host the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations.
According to the Minister of Sport of Ghana, Mustapha Ussif; “There is a discussion that Ghana should compete with countries like Nigeria and Benin. We are still considering it. We haven’t made a decision yet, but there is this discussion that we should get sister countries so that we can make this candidacy”, he disclosed.
The competition to host the tournament was opened by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and set November 11 as the deadline for countries to declare an interest in hosting the tournament.
CAF deprived Guinea of the right to host the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations because it was not ready to host the 35th edition of the continental final as its infrastructure and meager facilities would always be stretched.
The continent’s governing body of football expects the finalized proposals, including documents, host city proposals and government guarantees, to reach its Cairo headquarters by December 16.
Coffee inspection teams will visit candidate countries from 5 to 25 January next year in search of a suitable replacement for Guinea.
The inspections’ conclusions will be submitted to CAF’s 24-member executive committee, which will announce the country or successful co-hosts to host the 2025 finals on February 10.
The 2008 edition was hosted by Ghana and saw Egypt retain the trophy, winning their record sixth tournament by defeating Cameroon 1-0 in the final.