The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) have announced hosts for the 2022, 2023, 2025 editions of Africa Cup of Nations finals.
CAF president, Ahmad Ahmad in a bid to ensure there is clarity regarding the hosting of the competition for the next three editions said the Federation has resolved that with the 2019 host nation set to be known on Wednesday, Cameroon will host in 2021, whilst Ivory Coast and Guinea will host the next two editions.
Ivory Coast was originally scheduled to host in 2021 but will now host in 2023 whilst Guinea who was originally scheduled to host in 2023 have now been awarded the 2025 edition.
The change definitely affords all countries enough time to adequately prepare for the tournament.
Ahmad also confirmed that Guinea has accepted to host the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) instead, of the 2023 edition.
This follows Caf’s withdrawal of 2019 hosting rights from Cameroon who were then asked to organise the 2021 tournament that was originally scheduled to be staged in Ivory Coast.
Ivory Coast have however, declined to have their hosting mandate moved to 2023 and have approached the Court of Arbitration for Sport seeking to preserve their status as 2021 organisers.
“According to the president of continental football body (Caf), after their meeting with the President of the Republic (of Guinea) Professor Alpha Conde at the Sekhoutoureya Palace (on Sunday), where they were also joined by Fifa president Gianni Infantino, Ahmad said that the Guinean President accepted the moving of the calendar of Afcon 2023 and opts for the 2025 edition,” said a statement on the Feguifoot website.