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Ghana to bid for 2017 Africa Cup of Nations hosting rights

Published on: 26 August 2014
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Ghana will bid to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations following the decision by Libya to withdraw from staging Africa's flagship football event, the country’s sports minister Mahama Ayariga has announced. 

Ghana's chance to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations came up after Libya withdrew from hosting the event on Friday owing to the civil strife in the north African country.

Kenya and Ethiopia have also expressed the interest in hosting the event which means the West African country has a fight on its hands.

Countries have up to September 30 to submit their official bids and the Ghana government is ready to slap in its bid before the deadline.

"I am happy to announce that Ghana will bid to host the 2017 African Cup of Nations," Ayariga tweeted on Tuesday after consultation with government and the Ghana Football Association.


Ethiopia, who hosted the tournament in 1962, 1968 and 1976, say they will submit their proposal immediately.

Ethiopia Football Federation president Junedin Basha said: "We already have two ready venues, the Addis Ababa and the Bahir Dar stadiums, and the construction of the other venues has also reached to a good level.

Kenya said in a statement that they are also considering a joint bid with Tanzania or Uganda or Rwanda.

With four stadiums already in place to be able to host the matches in Africa’s flagship competition, Ghana could apply to host the event with less money to bring the stadium up to the standard required by CAF.

Ghana will use existing stadiums and won’t need to build any new facilities, Minister of Sports Mahama Ayariga said by phone today.

Ghana last held the championship in 2008.

A decision on Libya's replacement will be made in 2015.

Ghana last hosted the event in 2008 and nine years down the line, the West African country already has the facilities in place to be able to comfortably host the rest of Africa.

Ghana is West Africa’s largest economy after Nigeria.

Libya, the oil-rich country, has been hit with civil unrest since the overthrow and assassination of Muammar Al-Gaddafi in 2011.

Libya were originally to host the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations but had to swap with South Africa for the 2017 edition in the hope that all civil unrests would have ceased by the time.

But delay in the construction of new stadiums due to raging civil war has seen the North African country lose its rights all together.

Morocco will host the next edition of the AFCON early next year.

The competition has been shifted to take place biennially in odd years with South Africa being the first hosts of the new regime.


This article has 14 comment(s), give your comment
  • Akufo says:
    August 27, 2014 03:39 pm
    Not Ghana please,people are suffering here and economy is in a comma.
  • Rock says:
    August 26, 2014 11:30 pm
    Very funny. The Sports Minister and GFA is trying to find a way of stealing money again from our tax.
  • Toni says:
    August 26, 2014 11:46 pm
    Pliz take it to Ethiopia the land of gorgeous women.
  • Ejim Tony says:
    August 27, 2014 09:27 am
    I would have prefered Ghana to host it, but it's not been long they hosted last. Nigeria should have bidded, but Boko Haram insurgent in the North won't allow that. A new country should be allowed to host, but probably not a North African country. Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania should be given a chance to prove their worth.
  • fish says:
    August 26, 2014 01:28 pm
    That is a piece of joke.Ayariga
  • Emmaxy says:
    August 26, 2014 01:58 pm
  • Jamesy says:
    August 26, 2014 02:52 pm
    Have we got the money? Anyway I hope the pitch dont look like an overgrown grassland.
  • Thomas Tabri says:
    August 26, 2014 02:53 pm
    We ready have the facilities in place so if we bit for it no problem with
  • joseph says:
    August 26, 2014 03:33 pm
    Minister please lets solve the Brazil saga and re-organise the GFA with new rules before .
  • yyy says:
    August 26, 2014 04:19 pm
    in fact this man is reli a joker. U cant even feed ur own people u want spend money on hosting a tournament. God willing we'll loose the bid. Amen
  • Dr Who says:
    August 26, 2014 04:40 pm
    good decision by the ministry and the govt.
  • NONI(9JA 1ST SON) says:
    August 26, 2014 04:48 pm
    Give it to ETHIOPIA.......
  • nsem pii says:
    August 26, 2014 05:01 pm
    Another avenue to chop money, look how they are quick to react, not minding pressing issues
  • Kofi says:
    August 26, 2014 06:19 pm
    Maybe,just maybe we might win it this time.....but our stadiums leave a lot to be desired.