Nigeria to submit joint AFCON 2025 bid with Ghana and Benin

Transmission of the CAF flag to Cote d'Ivoire for next AFCON Africa Cup Of Nations 2023 at the Paul Biya 'Olembe' Stadium, Yaounde, Cameroon 06 February 2022. (Photo by Ayman Aref/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

African countries are at odds when deciding on the host of AFCON 2025 after Ivory Coast, which should host the next edition. Nigeria and the Republic of Benin were primed to face Algeria and Morocco in the continental final and have now received a boost with Ghana poised to join in a joint bid for the tournament.

This was disclosed by Ghana’s Sports Minister Mustapha Ussif in an interview with Kickgh.com, who indicated Ghana’s interest in co-hosting the competition. “There is a discussion that Ghana should compete with Nigeria and Benin. We’re still considering. We haven’t made a decision yet, but there’s that discussion that we should get sister countries so we can make that offer.” This is not the first time that Ghana and Nigeria have teamed up to host the AFCON tournament, as they did in 2008.

The vacancy to host the tournament was made available after Guinea withdrew from hosting the competition due to lack of funds to meet the requirements to host the tournament. CAF has set the deadline for submission of proposals on December 16th and awaits all necessary documents and information presented in Cairo, Egypt, at its headquarters.

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