Nigeria joins bid to host 2025 AFCON with Benin Republic

  • Nigeria, and Benin Republic bid to co-host the 2025 AFCON.

Nigeria joins bid to host 2025 AFCON with Benin Republic
Nigeria joins bid to host 2025 AFCON with Benin Republic

Nigeria and its West African neighbour Benin Republic have submitted a joint proposal to host the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). This information comes from a source close to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

Nigeria is yet to host the football showpiece since the 2000 edition which they co-hosted with Ghana, while Benin Republic has never staged a major tournament final.

According to BBC Sport Africa, a top official of the NFF that the federation completed all the necessary processes, and officially submitted a bid to the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) before the December 16 deadline.

“Having completed all the processes, we submitted our bid before the Confederation of African Football (Caf) deadline of 16 December,” the source to BBC.

The statement added: “The NFF will be sharing information on the bid to the tournament in the coming weeks.”


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Nigeria, who last hosted the finals of a major tournament in 2009, which was the Under-17 World Cup, and Benin, would be prepared to convince the CAF officials when inspections begin from January 5 to 25 next year.

The bid to host the 2025 AFCON has reopened a few months ago after initial hosts Guinea was stripped of the hosting rights, with CAF citing the inability of the country to meet the deadline to get facilities ready for the tournament.

The West African nation is currently struggling with political instability following a military junta that ousted former civilian president Alpha Coundé in September 2021.

Meanwhile, Nigeria faces stiff competition from other countries including Zambia, Algeria, Morocco and South Africa, who have all expressed their interest in hosting the finals, with the winner expected to be named in February next year.

The three-time African champions have lost AFCON hosting bids four times in 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2019, but would be looking to overturn the outcome this time around.

 

 

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