I don’t think countries have applied to host AFCON 2015- Famhy

first_imgEgyptian Sports  Journalist Amr N. Famhy has casted doubt over the Confederation of  Africa football’s claim that it has received applications from more than one  nation with regards to hosting next year’s AFCON following Morocco’s decision to relinquish their hosting rights..But the Egyptian Sports  Journalist doubts if any country has shown interest in hosting the tourney after CAF’s knee-jerk attempt to have Egypt accept the hosting rights.”Am surprised that CAF did not name the countries they claim are interested but only said they have some countries who are interested”.Speaking with the BBC, Mr Famhy said the situation raises doubts, after CAF chairman, Issa Hayatou and his General secretary Hicham El Amrani, yesterday met the Egyptian Sports Minister ,Halid Abdul Aziz in Cairo and tried to convince him  that Egypt can host the tournament.But the Sports minister according to him, rejected the offer and insisted Egypt will only welcome  the 2017 edition, so “if CAF really has countries who are interested, why do you run to Egypt and ask them to stage the tournament?” he questioned. Media reports on the continent inidcate that Nigeria, Angola and Gabon could be in the running for the 2015 AFCON hosting rights. Gabon and Angola are widely thought to be financially placed and also might find the offer even more appealing because both might not qualify for the showpiece with where they stand on their respective qualifying logs.Nigeria despite the experiencing a mild form of Ebola and being declared free from the virus, pundits pointsat the West African Nation can do a good job at hosting the three week tournament given the recent opening of the magnificent Akwa Ibom Staduim in Oyo State. Meanwhile, CAF is likely to announce  the new host or the future of the competition at its Emergency Executive committee meeting  in Cairo, Egypt later today.last_img

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